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Offline RevConwell

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Filter Pros and Cons
« on: January 06, 2014, 09:49:57 AM »
Hey folks ... I've been thinking about purchasing some filters for my camera but am really lost on the benefits, need, pros and cons, etc.  Can you guys recommend something or perhaps a good kit that might be usable for a beginner?  Thanks!
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Offline armychris

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Re: Filter Pros and Cons
« Reply #1 on: January 06, 2014, 10:07:19 AM »
First is what type of filters do you want. Do you want a polarizer, ND filter, grad nd filter there are lots of different filters. I assume you are talking about nd filters. I use Cokin square nd filters. I have solid and grad nd filters and love them. I don't have any negatives about them and I recommend not getting the cheapest. The cheaper ones usually leave a color cast of some sorts but that is also very easily fixed in pp. polorarizers are great but the same with those don't go cheap. I like lee and Cokin and b/w. That's what most of the people in my club use and I have seen and used them and can assure they are good. Tiffen from what I have seen have different levels of filters. I have seen theirs in Walmart and I don't think they are very good. I have also seen them on B&H for a lot more so I would assume they are not the same filters. I haven't really looked at then because I never had to. I would say go with a Cokin kit from amazon or B&H and that should do good. I know a lot of people like the variable nd filters but I have never used them and hope someone can tell you a little more about them. I have heard some can leave an X band in the photos but I have never tried them.

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Re: Filter Pros and Cons
« Reply #2 on: January 06, 2014, 11:57:37 AM »
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Re: Filter Pros and Cons
« Reply #3 on: January 07, 2014, 10:53:51 AM »
Get off my lawn!

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Re: Filter Pros and Cons
« Reply #4 on: January 08, 2014, 08:03:15 AM »
You guys are great -- thank you so much for taking the time to respond. 
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Re: Filter Pros and Cons
« Reply #5 on: January 21, 2014, 03:11:34 PM »
The article is good, but  the author actually mentions using a $30 filter as a positive thing.

You need to make sure the filter is as good or better than the lens you're or the image quality will suffer.
Who cares if your lens is in perfect condition if the quality of your images has been lowered.

I do have one 77mm Tiffen clear/UV i use shooting near water. It's not anywhere as good as my 67mm B&W clear (should have got the 77), but i use it when i'll be wiping water spray from my lens over and over. I do know I'm loosing image quality.

Buy the nicest filter you can in the largest size you can afford and use step up rings. Or don't even bother.
Also, besides ND filters and polarizers, you can replicate all of the filters you need digitally and have a better effect. Another side effect of using uniform step up rings on my lenses is all lenses use the same lens cap.  8)

I really like this one: http://goo.gl/6sxdvR , and with a MSRP of $350, it is a great deal on Amazon!

P.S. A nifty-fifty looks pretty darn cool with a 77mm circular polarizer!