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“Fauxtogs typically bought their Canon T2i at Best Buy with a kit lens and UV filter because the kid in high school said they would protect your lens (complete crock of shit).”

Actually, a filter attached to the front of the lens will provide a degree of mechanical protection if that end of the lens is bashed against something.  Similar protection can be achieved with a lens hood and a lens hood will improve some of your photos.  A filter is also useful if you want to grease the front element — grease a filter instead, it will be easier and safer to clean later.  What a UV filter won’t do is enhance your image by removing UV…  Digital sensors are not film, between the various filters over the sensor and the nature of the photosites used, most digital cameras do not “see” light in the spectrum that would be affected by a UV filter.

 

“Don’t spend money on better glass.”

Phil said he already has a 70-200 f/2.8 lens, so he already has better glass.  Kit lenses vary, the kit lens for a 5D Mk III is a 24-105 mm f/4 L lens, but the most common kit lens is 18-55 mm f/3.5-5.6, and while it is possible to get shallow depth of field out of that lens, it is easier to achieve with better glass.