Filters in general... ?'s

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  1. CRman

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    I know a little of the basics. Are there any good links explaining the types, whens and wheres to use and so forth. Like ND filters. I have seen .02 .04. 06 and so forth. Yellow for B&W in different shades.

    I have discovered I love landscape. I may do a little portrait work for fun since I am now the "guy with the camera" and everyone wants family or personal shots.

    Any suggestions where to begain since this is such a broad subject?

    Oh... one last thing. Multi coated or regular. Multi is $$$ but I supose better? And difference in how you would clean them? Thanks a bunch guys!

    Marc
     
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    Thast a very general question that you can answer yourself by just looking around here and reading.

    A search will help you get specific info on your ND filter question... and as for the rest... get ready to spend a LOT of time with it and a very good percentage of your "disposable income". This hobby once taken a little seriously involves some expensive purchases.
     
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    Poke around here:
    http://www.hoyafilter.com/index.html

    Yes, multicoated is important. Bear in mind that a filter always reduces whatever quality your lens can produce. A cheap filter can turn an excellent lens into one that's merely good. It can turn a good lens into a marginal lens, etc., etc.

    Use lens cleaning fluid and tissues to clean filters.
     
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    This might be helpful: http://www.kenrockwell.com/tech/filters.htm

    Also, a good filter shouldn't have any noticeable effect on picture quality. The only difference I've seen with my lenses, even cheap ones (filters & lenses) is that I tend to get some ghosting and other artifacts when the light starts to fade.
     
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    are you using film or digital?
     
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    The numbers on the ND filters are 'stops', so a .6 ND filter will reduce incoming light by .6 of a stop.

    Multi-coated filters are designed to reduce flare versus non-coated which can catch light and cause flare.
     
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    Actually an 0.3 is a 1-stop, 0.6 is 2-stops, and 0.9 is 3-stops. I forget how they came up with that, but it's pretty confusing.
     
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