Hello, I'm new.
Can somebody please tell me what general filter should I use to protect my lens front element? Should I use a UV or skylight? What is SHMC and MRC? What are they better for each? Thanks! ;p
Actually both UV and skylight are generally used to protect lens from damage and dirt.
Skylight will cause you picture to be generally warmer in color (more reds) as the filter is generally pinkish. Good for cutting down excessive blue skies which tend to make the pictures a little cool (bluish)
SHMC and MRC are special filters with multiple coating on them to reduce glare and reflection. When pointed to the light, you will see multiple colors just like a multi-coated spectacle.
In my humble opinion , MRC is better as they do not scratch as easily when the filter is being cleaned.