oxygen45 wrote in post #16715671
Protection from what? I can understand if you are shooting a rally event that it may be nice. But after using many lenses in many situations I do not understand why people think they need protection.
Water, dirt, grit, sand, fingers, saliva, mucus, cake, whatever.
Seawater is bad for coatings, and water in general shouldn't be allowed to go inside lenses (filters make certain lenses more weather sealed). Dirt, grit and sand can scratch your lens when cleaning it or when storing it without a lens cap (which I do very frequently). Fingers leave fingerprints or jam or other substances on the lens, which then requires cleaning. Instead of cleaning I can simply unscrew the filter and clean it later after I finish shooting. Or I can just use my shirt without worrying about microfibre cloths.
But this isn't a filter vs no filter thread. Stop trying to turn it into one (not you specifically, just people in general).
Megapixel, you don't need those filters. They are cheap useless crud. If you want a filter to protect your front element, get a high quality Hoya or B+W multicoated filter. But don't get it from that shop. Get it from amazon or B&H/Adorama. In fact, if the person at the store called me and tried to sell me filters like that, I would be tempted to ask him to cancel my order and get a refund, then spend my money elsewhere.