Okay, so as photographers we all want lots of big fancy things to help us do our job better. What I have come to realize is this. The person behind the camera is more important than what equipment you have. Its what you do with what you have. Also, when you finally go out and buy a lens that you have been yearning for, you need to protect your investment. I make it a rule of thumb to put a UV Filter on every lens I own. The cost is 10-15 dollars more. The most important thing to remember is this..if you scratch your filter you are out $10-15 and if you are scratch your lenses you can loose anywhere from $100 to thousands of dollars. Which choice would you rather make?