Get a lens filter on your dSLR!

One really nice protective device that most people who buy their first SLR don't think about is a simple UV filter. It doesn't really affect your pictures, but it's good insurance to keep you from getting your lens scratched. Think about it... a new lens costs how many hundreds of dollars? A simple UV filter is under $20. Cheap insurance policy, that is! On the side of your lens at the end you will see a number, perhaps '52 mm' or something similar. That's the size of lens filter you need to fit on the end of that lens. Reputable camera shops can get you set up in 4.3 minutes with that and a cleaning kit like the Lenspen. I have one, and I really like it. Remember, always always always check the end of your lens carefully for fingerprints, smudges, or 'stuff' before you start shooting. A few years back the class pictures for our entire local school district had to be reshot because the photographer forgot to check the front of her lens, and every picture had a big black thread hanging through the middle of it. Have a great day! 🙂

15 Replies to “Get a lens filter on your dSLR!”

  1. Excellent article and easy to understand explanation. How do I go about getting permission to post part of the article in my upcoming news letter? Giving proper credit to you the author and link to the site would not be a problem.

    1. An email is on it’s way Alanna. 🙂

      One caveat on this post, though: I recently was shooting into the light for a silhouette, and had my filter reflect light back on my subject. Ouch…. So depending on the situation, there are times when that filter needs to come off.


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