You have probably heard or read somewhere about putting a UV filter on your glass to protect it. At the cost of somewhere between $10 to $20 bucks, it’s a pretty cheap insurance policy when you consider the price of your lenses.
That is one insurance policy that I was glad that I bought into. Just the other day, I was shooting my iPhone in my studio-away-from-home (my workshop on my ship). I had my D40 with my Nikon 50mm f 1.8 prime lens attached sitting on the desk. When I went to pick it up, the camera strap got caught on the underside of the desk and pulled my beloved D40 from my hands. I watched helplessly as my camera fell to the deck. Even with nomex deck plates in my shop, I knew it was still going to be bad.
After the initial shock of seeing my first (and only) DSLR take a tumble, I bent down to pick her up. (Yes, all my cameras are of the female species.) I saw the filter was shattered and my heart sank. I quickly unscrewed it and went to work inspecting one of my favorite lenses. The only damage suffered was the piece of plastic that holds the filter and lens cap in place was cracked. The glass was good to go and I was relieved. At my next opportunity I will be heading to the camera store to buy another filter.
The photo above is of my filter after it saved my lens. I have no idea why anyone would be on the fence about picking up a UV filter or two for their lenses, but if you are I hope that my near-tragedy convinces you otherwise.