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Click Click! 019: Protect your lens with…

Every Wednesday of the week, I’ll share with you my moments of Photography in this Blog: “Click Click!”
-Just a simple guy with a camera

So it just so happened that you got a new lens.  Happily with your new toy, you venture off and stop taking photos non-stop. (maybe not you, but me).  Suddenly, somebody walked right into you.  And the next thing you hear is your lens dropping to the floor. While part of that hasn’t happen to me yet, but yes people seem to bump into me quite a low.

When you get your lens or about planning to get your lens, you should also consider getting a UV lens filter.

“Why a UV lens filter?”

To protect your lens, typically I would purchase a UV lens filter.

The reason is that it is ultimately the cheapest filter that you can buy to protect your lens from dust, scratches, and moisture. Might as well protect your lens and also add UV filter to it. While it is somewhat interesting to know that basically you are putting another glass in front of another glass (your lens). So looking into lens filter, the price range can vary from $1.00 to $80.00+ just for UV. Wow.

“So which ones should I pick?”

That’s awfully a tough question. Since your picture quality does depend on your lens + filter, I would say the filter would still bear some importance in your selection. For a budget conscious, I would recommend Kenko ($14: 58mm) / Hoya (PRO1D, $40.00: 58mm) .  If you got the money to burn or have some “L” lenses, perhaps B+W would be next brand.  Again, the larger your filter, the more it will cost.

What sucks for me is that every Canon lens I want or own would require a filter:

  • 52mm: EF: f1.8 50mm
  • 58mm: EF: 18-55mm f/3.5-5.6 IS
  • 67mm: EF 70-200mm f/4L USM
  • 77mm: EF-S 10-22mm F/3.5-4.5 USM
  • 82mm: EF 16-35mm F/2.8L II USM

So due in September 01, 2010’s photo challenge is: The Triple S: Sweet, Summer, Single. Now that is something begin the month of September with.

Lastly, thank you for reading. If you have any questions or tips or like this article, please email me at rkwan@abccubed.com. Happy Clicking!


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  • jqhuynh

    Ricky, if you need a 72mm UV filter I can sell you for really cheap. I sold my kit 28-135 lens and now it’s just sitting in my camera bag.

  • elau

    I agree that the UV filter is the cheapest one among other types of filters. However, wouldn’t you want to use other filters to create other types of effect on your pictures?