I have had this discussions too many times with people. I am of the belief that either use a high quality filter or use nothing.
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A while back I wrote a post called The Problem With Using Filters On Your Camera Lenses.
There were several discussions on Google+ about the post with several people contacting me to assure me that they had been saved by a UV filter and that unrecoverable harm would have been done to their lens without the protection of a filter, etc., etc., etc. As I said in the original post, in decades of photography this hasn’t been a problem for me, but apparently there are a rash of front-element-seeking projectiles out there just randomly “destroying” people’s lenses. Or maybe many of them work at camera store counters and have an agenda!
In any event, I contacted nearly a dozen of these people – particularly the ones who emailed me – and not one could provide me with ANY evidence of the doom and gloom they had avoided by using…
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I guess enough tomes have been written on Street Photography and its relevant gear.
As we are all aware, most of the greatest street photographs have been taken on Leica Film Rangefinders. But that was till the 60’s. The SLR’s and the DSLR’s ruled the roost till 2011. DSLR was the king of the hill. A few rangefinder fans remained. Some used their Leicas. Others stuck to their trusty film cameras and rangefinders.
I have been personally struggling with the question – What gear to settle for doing street photography :
The DSLR with a prime was too much of an attention grabber. The Film SLR was a hassle, since I have gotten used to autofocus. Also, getting films developed has been a major challenge. Hence, did not have a camera that could satisfy me as a “The Tool” for street photography. Then, one day, I used the Fujifilm X-100 for sometime. This was a borrowed cam for me but I realised that this is what I was looking for. The closest I have come to “The Tool” for Street Photography.
People often come up to me asking ” I want to take better pictures”. What Camera should I buy ?
My advice to such people most often is :
1) Please spend time to understand all the fuctionalities of your existing camera
2)Use your camera extensively after understanding its capabilities
3) Spend time look at your pictures. Identify what has gone wrong and what you should do better next time.
4)What is the limitation of your camera,if any, that is preventing you from taking better pictures ?
Once you reach point 4 (typically in 2-4 months), then come back for a discussion.
The key is to understand that cameras do not take pictures, you do.