I know that tons of other photographers have done blog posts or some sort of big speech on this subject. But I got my own personal experience this past wedding on why these suckers are so stinkin important!
For those of you who don’t know what they are its basically a clear piece of glass that sits on the front of your lens that protect the real part of your lens from getting broken or dusty.
So at my last wedding I was talking to some family members waiting for family photos to start and went to take my coat off. I had my camera in my hand but as I was transitioning my bag the camera dropped. Hitting the end of the lens first. I knew that it probably had broken because of how it fell. I was trying so hard not to panic because I had a whole group of people watching me. But also because this was my 35mm lens. The lens I use just as much if not more than my 50mm. And this wedding had a good decent sized wedding party. So I needed the extra wider angle.
I leaned down to pick it up and almost shouted for joy when I saw this had broken and my actual lens was untouched. Completely fine!
New photographers or photographers who haven’t heard of these filters. GET THEM NOW! No matter how cheap or not very good your lens is its so important to protect them. Believe me I take care of my equipment very carefully. But sometimes you have to invest in protection!