Travel Tips - Use a sky filter filter to protect your expensive lens
If you own a 35mm DSLR (digital single lens Reflex) camera, or
other camera whose lens takes filters, consider buying a clear sky
filter to protect the lens
from scratches, dust, moisture in damp environments and other forms of damage. Since the lens on any
camera is one of its most expensive parts and the one that seems to be
most often at risk, it is good insurance to buy a sky filter to protect
it from damage.
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- Sky and haze filters vary in price by size and optical qualities.
You can usually find a good one for $50 (USD) but they can cost well
over a $100 for specific qualities
- Once you have installed one on the end of your camera’s lens, you
simply forget it.
- It does not need to be removed, as you can shoot pictures through
it without affecting their quality.
- These types of filters can vary dramatically in optical quality,
so be sure to purchase a quality filter.
- Note that sky, haze filters and others designed to protect your
lens may degrade the quality of images taken with large
- Periodically, you will need to unscrew the lens and clean both
sides of it and the camera lens that it protects. Do this when
you see scuffs or other debris on the filter element.
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