Lens filter recommendations

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  1. CW Jones

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    Ok I am looking for some recommendations on filters I can put on my lenses. I only am interested in ones that will help/work with black and white, as its the only thing I shoot with my 35mm SLR. if you could... could you post which you think are best and why that would be greatly appreciated. I have plain clear ones on them right now just to protect the lens. I would like some info and oppinions on what will help make it look the best. thanks!

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    compur No longer a newbie, moving up!

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    Usual colored B&W filters are yellow, orange, red, green.
    There are also Polarizers, Infrared, Neutral Density and "trick" effects
    filters of various kinds.

    Some good general info here:
    Filters in Black and White Photography
     
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    dxqcanada Been spending a lot of time on here!

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    As Compur stated ... colour filters.

    Use the colour filter to darken complementary colours and to lighten equal coloured areas.

    ie
    to lighten green leaves ... use a green filter.
    to darken green leaves ... use a red filter.
     
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    Follow this link to the Schneider/B&W filter guide: Schneider Optics

    You can download the whole handbook or there are several PDF's for specific pages.
     
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    Nice thanks everyone!
     
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    Do check your lenses and be sure that the filter is sized to fit the largest lens. Simple step-up rings will then adapt the other lenses to the filters/lens shade.
     
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    An older photographer friend from Germany knew a few of the lens makers at Schneider; they were always horrified to hear that one would put a flat piece of glass in front of their gorgeous lenses!
     
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    what do you mean sized to fit the largest lens? its a 58mm lens and fits right on... might be missing something tho haha

    that PDF is AMAZING!!!!!
     
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    I believe what Torus is saying is that if you have a lens that takes a larger filter size, to buy them at that larger size and just use a step down ring to adapt to your 58mm.

    That way you buy only one filter instead of two.
     
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    ah I get it now, ya the 58mm is my big one, the 70-300 is a smaller size
     

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