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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.

  • 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 telephoto lenses,
    • 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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