Quality Filters?

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  1. yogibear

    yogibear TPF Noob!

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    Looking to get a nice line up of filters for my camera. Any suggestions on good brands to use? Im not looking to spend a fortune but a good quality set of UV,ND,GND, and some polarizing filters would be nice.

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    Tiffen and Hoya are two good brands. Quality filters are important and no brand names most of the time lack in quality. They definitly are not cheap sometimes either.
     
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    Big Mike I am Big, I am Mike Staff Member Supporting Member

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    B+W is a good name in filters.
     
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    yogibear TPF Noob!

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    Thank you both. Well if it ends up forcing me to wait on a few filters in order to get a few quality ones, so be it. Thanks again.
     
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    How about Bower?
     
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    I use only Heliopan and B+W, they are Schott glass, the special optical glass from germany and the filters run from 70-80 dollars a piece.
     
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    I use hoya
     
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    Kenko is the brand I tend to recommend. It's Hoya's more pro line. Harder glass, and brass fittings. Makes for a better quality than the basic Hoya ones.

    As far as ND filters go, are you wanting solid ND or graduated?
     
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    I would say don't wait to get a filter. Go and buy a cheap skylite filter and protect your lens. Then save your money for the "quality" specialized filter you want.

    Vince
     
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    kundalini Been spending a lot of time on here!

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    Oooohhhhh. That is just sooo wrong on several layers.
     
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    TamiyaGuy No longer a newbie, moving up!

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    In terms of "cheap but good", I'd recommend standard Hoya filters. Their most expensive ones don't cost more than £50, and their cheapest cost about a tenner. The circular polarizer I have is very handy, it gives the photo a nice saturation boost without softening the image much, if at all.

    For the more expensive ones, I'd have to jump on the bandwagon and say B+W. they're expensive, but they are as good as they get.
     
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    Especially since Skylight's are only for use in the shade eh :p


    As to B+W being the best.. Rodenstock is made in the same factory, every bit as good and tend to be cheaper. Also, Singh-ray make some damn fine filters. But these are all rather pricey for filters. Kenko is a good alternative, price wise and quality wise.
     

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