I am using panasonic 25mm 1.7 lens in olympus omd-em10 ii body. Neither of them have a uv coating. Will it hurt lens/processor health if I use it without filter?

  • \$\begingroup\$ Actually, better: Is a UV Filter required/recommended for lens protection? \$\endgroup\$
    – mattdm
    Commented Jun 17, 2017 at 12:19
  • \$\begingroup\$ @mattdm: its not a duplicate. The question you referred is about picture quality. I asked about lens/processor health. \$\endgroup\$
    – BaRud
    Commented Jun 17, 2017 at 12:29
  • \$\begingroup\$ see the second one. \$\endgroup\$
    – mattdm
    Commented Jun 17, 2017 at 13:02

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No. The filter stack directly in front of your camera's sensor already has a UV filter. The purpose is not to protect the sensor from anything, though. The sensor does not need protection from UV light. The purpose is to prevent UV light from negatively affecting the appearance of the image.

Whether a UV or other protective filter actually provides a protective benefit is a hotly debated topic. Because a thin flat filter is more likely to shatter than a thicker and differently shaped front element made of different materials, there are cases where a shattered filter may actually increase the amount of damage to a lens' front element by causing multiple scratches. One must also consider the optical penalty imposed by adding two more air/glass interfaces into the optical path. Just how detrimental that will be depends on the specific shooting conditions as well as the overall quality of the specific filter and its coatings.

For more about the overall subject of To filter or not to filter (for lens 'protection'), that is the question, please see the following questions here at Photography at Stack Exchange:

is it normal to get significant lens flare with a 50mm f/1.8 prime lens?
Will a filter cause more or less damage when lens is dropped?
How do I remove a broken/warped UV filter from my lens?
Do cheap filters have an effect on image quality?
Front element shattered, can I have my lens repaired?
What kind of filter (if any) should I use when photographing a theater scene?
Does high reflectiveness of digital sensor lead to poor lens performance?
How durable are external lens coatings?
Can incense damage a lens?
What could cause this visible artifact which seems to a be a glowing inverse of something outside of the frame overlayed on this photograph?
Is a UV Filter required/recommended for lens protection?
Are there any downsides to using a good-quality UV filter?
What is the downside of a cheap UV filter that is used solely for the protection of the lens?
Does the quality of a UV filter make a difference when used with a cheap lens?
What effect does a UV filter provide?
Should I put UV filter to protect the lens even if I put a lens hood?
"Filters must be destroyed!" (Must every UV/protection filter question get this response?)

Beyond our site here, there is a good series of blog articles by Roger Cicala, founder and chief lens guru at lensrentals.com, that addresses the issues surrounding using filters for protection. They are presented below in chronological order.

The myth of UV filters
The Glass in Front of Your Glass: All About Filters
Good Times with Bad Filters
Front Element Lens Protection Revisited
Yet Another Post About My Issues With UV Filters
My Not Quite Complete Protective Filter Article

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    \$\begingroup\$ Great answer! I use my camera in all conditions, so I'd add one extra point... it is much easier/safer to clean a UV filter attached to the camera than it is to clean a camera lens! If you scratch the UV filter it is comparatively cheap to replace! \$\endgroup\$
    – MiguelH
    Commented Dec 15, 2017 at 14:57
  • \$\begingroup\$ @MiguelH Filters often scratch easier than lenses, so it can be a wash. And sometimes the lens (or a front element replacement, which can be surprisingly cheap for some lenses) isn't that much more expensive than a quality filter. You'll need to replace a filter more often than you would need to replace the front element of a lens. Filters also break easier than the front elements of most lenses. \$\endgroup\$
    – Michael C
    Commented Dec 15, 2017 at 16:21
  • \$\begingroup\$ I've never had a lens with a front element harder to clean without leaving streaks than a Hoya HMC UV(C). And the Hoya has two sides! \$\endgroup\$
    – Michael C
    Commented Dec 15, 2017 at 16:37
  • \$\begingroup\$ If the camera is used in all conditions (including wet / dirty conditions), some lenses do actually require UV filter to complete the weather sealing. \$\endgroup\$
    – juhist
    Commented Jul 3, 2019 at 12:39
  • \$\begingroup\$ Weather "sealing" is a myth. Just read the warranties regarding water damage for even lenses that do not "require" front filters (They do not have to be UV filters). I've used several such L lenses that "require" a protective filter to "complete weather resistance" without filters in pouring rain without any ill effects. \$\endgroup\$
    – Michael C
    Commented Jul 9, 2019 at 1:55

The ultraviolet (UV) filter is a must when taking pictures with a film camera and you are doing aerial photography and/or landscape photography of distant mountains. There is no benefit from the UV when imaging nearby subjects. The purpose of the UV filter is haze penetration due to UV scattering by water vapor in the distant atmosphere. The popularity of the UV is that it does little harm and may help reveal distant detail, and it offers protection for our precious lenses. The UV works because the light sensitive goodies used in photographic film are highly sensitive to violet and ultraviolet. The UV filter blocks ultraviolet preventing it from spoiling landscape vistas. Because the modern digital sensors have reduced sensitivity to UV plus they have a built-in UV combined in the protection glass that hovers just over the imaging sensor. Nowadays, the UV mainly to line the pockets of camera salesmen however they do protect our prized lenses from scratches etc.


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