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Had a UV filter on a Nikkor zoom lens and to make a long story short, the lens/body (with the cap on) dropped ~1 foot onto a tile floor. The UV filter shattered, and a piece of broken filter scratched the first element of the lens that it was supposed to protect.

I don't like taking pictures through windows and that's basically what you're doing with a UV filter. My 400 doesn't have an option for a front element filter (uses 52mm drop in filters) so I'm forced to treat it carefully. I do the same with the rest of my lenses. Lens hood always, and lenspen/microfiber cloth will clean up any stains should they occur. A rocket blower will do just fine fine for dust on your lens, mirror box, as well as your sensor when the time comes.

I've yet to have UV light ruin a digital image.
    
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i thought polarizer was the one for thru windows and reflective surfaces... lol
 
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Good to read these comments on filters, I've always kept a filter on my D60 since I've had it just because I was told by someone that's what you should always do. But thinking about it now, I cant think of a time in the last year the lens would have been in any danger of being scratched lol. Only thing I'd worry about is when cleaning it that I'd put a mark on it but I guess with a lens pen and a being careful that should never happen.

Im going to test without having the filter on for a bit and see how it goes, if I can't see a difference then maybe I will just keep it on anyway
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i thought polarizer was the one for thru windows and reflective surfaces... lol
I avoid shooting through windows whenever possible(unless I'm going for a special effect) because putting low quality pane-glass in between you and your subject is just silly.

This same logic can be applied to camera filters: Why put a relatively cheap piece of glass(UV filter) in between your sensor and your subject?
It will degrade quality, cause ghosting, and many other undesirable effects.

I only take out my filters for specific shots and even then it is sparingly.
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I use a filter when I want to create an effect e.g. 81a for warming, or a cp to deepen colors and remove glare on a sunny day,nd for slower ss etc.. I've yet to run into a situation where a shot would have looked better taken through a window.
    
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I'd like to get in...

I'm shooting with:
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My flickr is linked to a yahoo account that seems to be borked at the moment, but I'm setting up a new one. I'll link to it eventually.
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I use a filter when I want to create an effect e.g. 81a for warming, or a cp to deepen colors and remove glare on a sunny day,nd for slower ss etc.. I've yet to run into a situation where a shot would have looked better taken through a window.
Check out some really old neighbourhoods. Sometimes the super distorted windows can make a room look really interesting.
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I don't like taking pictures through windows and that's basically what you're doing with a UV filter.
Windows are not optical UV filters. Any 'good' screw on uv filter is optically coated glass, and is virtually undetectable if you compare a with and without image, they are for specific purposes. Thats why you should ALWAYS keep one on to protect the lens.

You dropped your cam, and it shattered and scratched the lens....
Well, don't drop your camera. hahaha
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Windows are not optical UV filters. Any 'good' screw on uv filter is optically coated glass, and is virtually undetectable if you compare a with and without image, they are for specific purposes. Thats why you should ALWAYS keep one on to protect the lens.
Most screw on filters aren't that great, and I'm not going to spend $75 on a good Hoya filter for my 18-55mm Kit lens... Plus, they don't really protect your lenses from anything but dust. I have had filters shatter on me and it's a huge pain to clean the glass dust off the lens without micro-pitting the element...

I just shoot without filters nowadays because I don't need UV blocking (glass by itself blocks something like 90% of UV rays anyway)
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