To UV or not to UV

Here's a question I get quite frequently: do you really need a UV filter?

I usually respond that "it depends," and then go on to explain why you don't need one. Shutterbug magazine doesn't waffle at all.

Here's the full question they received:

Does a UV filter degrade the quality of digital images? I have a UV haze filter on all my lenses, primarily to protect the lens. However, my daughter brought to my attention that “there is controversy that the extra piece of glass degrades the picture slightly by reducing contrast.” Is that true? Should I remove the filters, or not worry about it? Frankly, the filter has saved my lenses more than once.

— Ralph Selitzer

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