Indecent Exposure wrote in post #13025783
It's interesting that this particular anecdote has gained quite a following here recently, though no one has produced any proof that that has happened, much less happen on a chronic level suggesting it's "common." Somewhere a few months ago "shattered filter glass shards" became a serious concern by even more serious individuals and these stories have taken on a life of their own. Now, the "shards concern" is commonplace in these threads, but a few years ago it was non-existant. I'd like to know what recent events have led to the panic.
As for 'proof', I have seen a couple of photos posted by people showing a shattered filter and the glass still against the lens element, with scratches on the element from the glass.
Equally though, I have never seen anybody post any proof of a filter saving a lens from damage either. We see examples of people saying that their lens was saved by a filter, because the filter broke, but as filters take damage much more easily than lens elements, the lens would almost certainly have been fine anyway.
Again, I don't recall anyone calling this a "common" occurrence. I have personally seen two examples over the last thirty years, where broken filter glass has scratched an element.
I quite agree though, that many are passing on the shards warning simply because they have read it in forums and so the story can take on a life of it's own as you say. However, is that any different from all the people who have read that you "must use a filter to protect your lens" and pass that on as gospel?
This thread asked for opinions on filters, I have given my opinion based on over 30 years of experience ill-treating my gear, often in less than ideal conditions without the "benefit" of filters. I have dented lenses in the past, dented bodies too, but never actually managed to scratch an element yet. In that time, I have seen several filters that have been broken and, on two occasions, seen the resulting scratches on an element. That has also affected my opinion.
Others are welcome to put forward an opposing opinion, based on their experiences, that way the OP (and others) can read the differing opinions and make a judgement on whether or not they wish to use filters. As I have said earlier in this thread, the decision is a personal one and everybody should decide for themselves. I am not trying to stop people using them, merely giving my opinion and experience.
I cannot 'prove' the broken filters and scratched lenses, I'm sorry, I realise now I should have had the foresight to photograph them, so that I could prove that it happened a few years later. I have no interest in proving my experience and opinion, I simply offer it for consideration. However, please feel free to show me a photo showing a filter that definitely saved a front element from damage, as I have never seen one (I'm sure it must have happened, I just haven't seen any proof).