Cheap Filters

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  1. stumpfoot

    stumpfoot TPF Noob!

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    I have a $5.00 sunpak polarizer I bought on Ebay a while back and it works and I do notice a difference, but I was wondering how much a difference there would be if I bought a more expensive one. I have seen them places for 50 or 60 bucks. I guess this question could be stretched for all filters for both color and B/W, what do you think?
     
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    It depends on the filter size too. My 77mm filters are more expensive than my 62mm filters. There are also a few brands that are more expensive than the rest, but they're also higher quality. For most filters, you could expect to pay $50 or $100 depending on what you're getting. I've seen some in the $300 to range too -- and I actually considered getting it for a while!
     
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    You get what you pay for when it comes to filters. Just like sunglasses a $4.00 pair or a $100.00 pair. There is a difference in the quailtity and end result.
    Cosmo
     
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    I SECOND THAT! It seems like most photo gear has a pretty good correlation between price and quality.
     
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    Unless you are shooting film most digital cameras will simulate B&W filters. All you really need if you are digital is a good polarizer and a Graduate ND. You can adjust the effect of polarization with a circular one and not with a linear. Same with a grad.
    Cosmo
     
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    I'm still with film. I havn't purchased any filters for B/W yet. My lense is 52mm, 35-80. I can see the differnce it makes even with a cheap one and thats why I was wondering what I was missing out on if I spent a little more and got a better quality polarizer.
     
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    while a cheap filter will work, there are reasons to pay the higher dollar. Things like quality of the glass and the coatings that are applied to the glass are important. These coatings help make the glass more scratch resistant, less prone to ghosting, less prone to lens flare, and doing all of this without affecting any of the optics of the lens. Also factor in the quality of the filter ring. plastic or cheap metal vs a quality metal. paint that chips off. It the little things.

    Personally since I shoot digital, all my filters will be multi coated to reduce ghosting and flaring.

    Like mentioned before, you get what you pay for, but I have to say this comes with diminishing returns. After a certain point paying more for a filter doesn't quiet make it worth it.
     
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    On simple B&W filters, check

    http://www.thephotoforum.com/node/48

    It would be very interesting to see A:B pictures taken with a cheaper and a top-of-the-line filter which show a significant difference in the images. This would butress the argument that pricier is better.
     
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    You understand, of course, that the manufacturing cost of a $4 pair of sunglasses and a $100 pair could be exactly the same with the difference being brand value and advertising. The last place to get what you paid for is sunglasses. Filters might be the second to last.
     
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    I did the test in a scientific environment 10 years ago. The description of the results, however, angers most photographers so I no longer write about it. But, in a nutshell, pricier is not better.
     
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    i would def. be interested in seeing these tests....

    and saving money is not something i would be angry about ... :lol:
     
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    fmw not sure what crap $100 sunglasses you wear :p. But I do agree you do not get $96 more sunglasses for your buck but you do get far better quality and service. Same with filters.

    I have a Hoya UV filter on my zoom lens which causes flare when light hits it. Well duh you may say, but I have a Hoya HMC UV filter on the 50mm which is half the size and twice as expensive and does not flare. So there is a difference in quality. Whether it is worth the price or not is a great debate. Afterall if you use the UV filter just for protection, you could always just take it off.
     

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