How necessary are filters?

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  1. Machine May

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    So far I haven't been using any type of UV filters or any other filters for that matter. How important are they? Thanks
     
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    They have their uses but they are not essential.

    If I had an expensive lens, I would keep a clear filter on it at all times just in case I dropped it or something came flying at it.

    I like to use a polarizer sometimes but quite often I leave in the bag.

    The other filters have more specific uses...so unless I'm in a situation that calls for (a split graduated filter, for example)...they just sit in the bag.
     
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    UV is usually used as lens protection. A polarizer is great for vibrant, saturated colors when shooting outdoors.
     
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    I have a dslr rebel, and I use Sigma lenses. It sounds like the only one I might need is a polarizer(?) I like shooting outdoors a lot. But I also sometimes cover martial arts events, which are usually indoors. Some of tohse have good lighting, some don't.
     
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    I always keep a UV filter on my lenses, if a $20 piece of glass gets scratched or broken I can live with it, darn sight easier to clean too.
     
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    I have 4 filters. A UV that I keep on my lens to avoid scratching the lens itself. A polarizer for outdoor shooting if I think it will be helpful or to get a slower shutter speed. A warm-up filter that I use if I have to shoot in strong, mid-day sun or on bluish overcast days (it seems to saturate mid-day colors and remove the blue). And a graduated neutral density filter for landscapes to hold back the light in the sky so it doesn't get blown out.
     
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    DLS, where did you get them? Where's a good place, and what are the manuf/part#'s? Thanks
     
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    Machine May -- You asked where I got my filters. I got them at my local camera store. But you might find better prices on the net.
     

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