Sun 16-Dec-12 02:41 AM | edited Sun 16-Dec-12 02:41 AM by Matthew Gregory
Looks sharper and more contrasty without the filter.
Saltwater will not permanently damage a quality lens. I've gotten saltspray from the Atlantic on at least two different Nikon lenses (not to mention other types of optics such as binoculars and even sunglasses, for that matter) that was left on them for days with NO ill effect. There's a greater chance of damage occurring to metal parts of the lens (such as the bayonet mount) with saltwater than there is with the glass.