Looking at another thread which someone had started asking for feedback and advice on their pictures, the question about the UV filter came up.
Now since having a DSLR ( 350D of 8 years standing ) I have always had a UV filter on all of my lenses - think at the time of purchasing it was suggested to me by a friend.
Doing some online searching and research ( not always wise I know ) I am finding a lot more mixed advice out there.
So I was wondering what other users on POTN thought, firstly is it essential to have a UV filter fitted as standard - more for the lens protection aspect. If you think it is essential then do you think it does impact on the image quality, especially regarding sharpness.
My other reason for asking is that I do find that some images I have taken are not as sharp as I would expect ( not all the time but more than expected ). I do have a filter fitted but I was wondering if it is the fact that I have a UV filter in place or is it that I have a cheaper filter that is the problem.
Up til now I've been lucky and never dropped my camera but sods law is that if I take the filter off I will then do that However I'm willing to upgrade the filter to something better if the consensus is that it is a real necessity