Photographic Filters

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  1. gabrielh

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    Hello,
    What would you suggest as a company of Photographic filter with best quality? Is it best to stay with Nikkon filters—as I use Nikon lenses—or is it ok (if not better?) to use Hoya or B-W (Schneider) or others?
    Thanks for any answer!
     
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    Anyone has an idea? Many thanks!
     
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    Besdes a UV filter which should be on ALL your lenses, you may consider a CP (circular polarizer). In some cases if you take a lot of pictures in very bright conditions, you may consider some ND (neutral density) filters.

    Hoya makes some good filters that I am pleased with.
     
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    Thanks, Jerry, for the answer! I have read some info on the internet about UV-filters used to protect the lenses. But what I don't understand: do these filters protect the lenses from too much light, or from scratches, or from other physical damages?
    Thanks!
     
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    UV filters are mostly for physical damage. Better to scratch a filter than the front lens element.

    The other are effects filters.
     
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    Jerry, i've been on here one day and I find that you are a great source of info, I wouldn't be caught dead with out my UV filters on. I like my CPL for quite a few shots and been looking into ND Grad filters.
     
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    This is debatable and a personal choice. I use to, but do not now....... but, I will be getting one to swap around on the larger lenses when I am roughing it on the trail / woods / dirt track / etc.


    If you do mount a protective filter on your lens, I suggest a clear glass one. If you choose not to, always, always, almost always use the lens hood for protecting the front element.

    On CPL filters..... ummm wait a minute........ where did I put it.......... Oh, here we go. Click here.
     
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    E-A-S-Y....... his head's big enough as it is. :lol:
     
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    Ok! Can you put a CPL or other filter on top of a UV filter? I know it has been asked before, and perhaps it is in the link of kundalini, but I don't really understand it... Thanks!
     
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    You can stack filters but the more you stack and the wider the lens, the more risk you get with vignetting. (We are talking about screw-on filters btw.)

    It doesn't apply for your listed lens, but for ultra wide lenses it is recommended to go with a slim filter (vignetting). The frame is about half the thickness of a regular filter, but with one drawback..... no front threads.

    The CPL will go on top btw.
     
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    Just a note on the UV for protection. For anything outside I would have one on...I shot mainly motocross, so I have one on all mine. But the problem is price. To get good quality CLEAR glass I spend around $150 for each.
    If you are shooting in a studio setting with exact lighting, then there is no need for one.
     
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    He don't know me very well do he? :lol: :lol:

    Not to worry, that will change as soon as he starts reading more of my posts... LMAO!

    Accidents can happen anywhere, and as I said, its a lot cheaper for me to replace a clear UV filter than a complete lens. Better safe than sorry. Oh, I also completely agree about using GOOD filters. Bad filters will impede the ability of any lens to do it's best.
     

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