Today I’m talking about a camera tool that has helped me protect my camera lens while I’m trying to document messy DIY projects. Around here that tends to be painting related and is mainly important for filming video. [If you want to see all my videos, click here] Primer/paint overspray and sanding particles are somethings I’m always worried about getting on or in my camera lens. I find covering my camera is enough to keep it clean and clear or dust particles or overspray, but the glass on my lenses are constantly a concern.
I did try wrapping plastic wrap and plastic bags over the lens, and I even used that method in this video I filmed, but it was obvious that the quality was low and the whole shot looked foggy. For months I’ve been trying to figure out a way to hack something up to cover my lens, but I realized that a UV filter, something I learned about in a college photography course I took, was going to be the best solution.
UV filters range in price and quality. Here’s the one I purchased off of amazon, you can find it here. They act as insurance for your camera lens – extra protection. If you drop your camera/lens, hit it on something, etc. it will help protect the glass from being scratched or broken. They also can add a filter (color, glare, etc.) to enhance photos in creative ways. The big thing to consider when purchasing a UV filter is the quality of it. Purchasing one in the mid price range is best, more expensive ones with higher quality glass and less impurities are better, but for me I just wanted something inexpensive that would save my lens when filming videos on spraying furniture or any other messy project I find myself completing.
Having some quality degradation for those parts of a video is fine with me (although I have not noticed any). I can clean the uv filter as needed, and if something happens to it (like it gets scratched) I can just buy a new one for $6. And just to be clear, I won’t be using this filter for anything other than filming messy DIY projects. If there isn’t paint around that filter will be sitting nice and snug in its case 🙂
I’m always excited to be adding new tools to my photography equipment. I purchased a second battery and an amazon basics remote which comes in handy for taking photos without camera shake or when you are on a road trip (like I was recently) and want to document the whole thing and maybe jump in a photo or two. I also purchased a new tripod which I’m loving for videography and photography.
I’m happy I can protect my camera lens and still use my camera for creating content. Do you have photography equipment your love? Or have you recently added anything new to your photography collection?