wide angles help a lot, the shots are a lot wider. not sure what brand your looking at, might be a not soo good one. Kenko makes a sick wide, for about 30 bucks.
UV filters are attachable to protect your lens, the last thing you want is something to hit your lens and crack it, so let a UV lens get cracked instead of your lens.
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