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Grip & Grin Photo Question, UV Filters

A reader asks a couple of questions on lens care and wide angle shots. If you have questions, please ask!

Question:

Barry & Cathy:

I am in the process of getting a lens and filters set up. I think I've decided on an 18-135mm lens for my recently acquired pentax K-7 to start, as I'm hoping this focal length will provide good versatility starting out, but isn't going to sacrifice a lot of image quality like a super zoom of 18-200 or 18-250. So my question....when you guys get all of those fantastic hold-up shots published, are those usually shot
at super wide angle, like 12-16mm?

Also do you and Barry use UV filters as protection from salt spray and
all of the risks involved in fishing environs? I have invested in a
quality circular polarizer filter, but am not sure if it is worth the
money for a quality UV filter as well for lower light conditions. Many
folks on the photography forums don't believe in the use of filters for
protection, but probably as fly fishers we subject our camera gear to
much harsher natural elements than the average photographer.

Tight lines and thanks for your advice -Loren

Our Answer:

Loren,
Thanks for writing. Most of our "grip & grins" are shot with a 20mm. We've found that if we go wider the sky gets too dark - especially with a polarizer. And, yes, we use UV filters on all of our lenses. We're in the same camp with you, we just like the extra protection from the elements. And when we have to clean the lens in a hurry we are not always as careful as we should be and sometimes the cleaning cloth ends up being a shirt tail or handkerchief. If we scratch it, it's a lot easier to replace then the lens!Sounds like you've got a good system going with your choice of lenses and camera. If we can help with anything else, please let us know. Good luck with your shooting. Cathy & Barry
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