Using a UV Protective lens
The importance of UV protective lens on your camera lenses
Though there is some debate about using a UV lens on the front of your camera lens, I think it comes down to losing a little bit of light or losing a lens. Recently, I was headed out on a lake to ice skate and take some photos of my partner skating against the cattails at the far end of the lake. We have something called nordic skates, which are long bladed skates that you can use with your existing cross country ski boots. You just step into an attached binding on the skates and away you go. On this particular day, I stepped into my binding and started to skate away. Apparently I had not gotten one binding fully engaged and took a slight fall when my boot released. No big deal, not a hard fall. I put my skate on correctly and headed off to the end of the pond. As I got ready to photograph, I noticed that my lens was all fogged up. I thought this was due to condensation from the temperature change from being in a case to being exposed to the cold air. When I turned the camera lens toward me to see what the problem was, I was staring at broken glass. At this time, I wasn’t sure if it was the camera lens or the UV lens. No photos that day!
I had been carrying the camera in a Lowepro Toploader AW55 bag with a Think Tank belt. I had left the lens hood at home and, therefore, did not have the lens hood reversed around the lens. It was a cloudy day and very cold. I did not want to have to fiddle with any extra attachments with cold fingers. I only had the lens cap on the camera. I thought the padding of the Toploader would be more than ample protection. As I said, the fall seemed insignificant, but I must have hit the ice just right.
Back home, it was a challenge to get the broken UV lens off the camera. I tried several different techniques and eventually came up with this vise grip devise that I gently put around the lens. Fortunately, with very little pressure the lens released.
Much to my relief, the camera lens itself was unharmed. Thank god! A lesson learn and reinforced.