[Editor’s Note: This tip has raised the ire of many shooters out there, more than almost anything I’ve written…instead of ‘throw them away,’ maybe I should have said ‘put them in a drawer.’–DiscerningPhotog]
Here’s an easy Quick Tip that will improve your photography-throw away your lens caps and replace them with UV filters. I don’t know a single professional photographer that uses lens caps. Why? Because of the obvious: how many good photographs have you taken through a lens cap? This is a useless appendage that comes with new glass which we discard along with the retail box. Get a UV filter to put on the front of that lens!
UV filters may actually filter some ultraviolet light, I don’t know. That’s not what I’m interested in. I want some protection on the exposed, vulnerable front element of my expensive piece of primo lens glass-you know, the one you paid all of that money for!
This is scratch protection, and it’s a relatively cheap insurance policy. You can replace these once a year or as needed, and you’ll never have to worry about an awful scratch on that front element, or worse, a bunch of little scratches which makes your lens a permanent soft-focus item!
Never mind about the nay-sayers who will decry the degradation of your images due to the “inferior” nature of the “new” front element that the filter becomes. Faggeddaboutit!! It ain’t happening! I’ve never been able to see any discernable difference in the quality of my photographs with-or-without the filter. Once that big hulking scratch lands across your lens though, you might as well start watching Ebay for a good, used replacement.
Lately I’ve been buying Marumi filters for my lenses, an excellent Japanese brand, from my local supplier, Bennett’s Camera in New Orleans. These do a nice job and don’t break the bank. But I’m really not too concerned with the brand…just get something on there to protect your investment, and go ahead and toss those useless caps in the trash!
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