I was on Cocoa Beach two years ago with a shooting buddy, (shoots Nikon) We were taking some shots of seagulls taking to flight. I was using my 7D paired to my 70-200 lens. The friend was using his new $2100 Nikcor lens. We were set to shoot the flock, as the took to air, they lightened their load and crapped on us. My Canon lens got hit, but the friends lens was covered on the outer element. I removed my filter and cleaned it and went back to shooting. The friend had a real problem, seems the high acid in the gull crap ate away the outer coating on the lens. But, only in spots. After got it back to the motel, and took some photos it was plain to see the effect of the coating on the outer element. Buy either a UV filter, or clear glass in filter ring, and cover your outer element. You can remove it when shooting with a CP filter to prevent possible vignetting. I did get tree sap on my EF 100mm f2.8L IS USM Macro it was on the outer element, but came off quickly, and cleanly. I was shooting a bug in a orange tree in the backyard. Thank goodness for Zeiss wipes.