What filters are a necessity?

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  1. LittleMiss

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    I've done a search on filters here and have gotten a few different answers.

    I know I need to get a circular polarizer filter for shooting outdoors to get the pretty sky and minimize reflections but, what other filters are great to have? I have a D90 with the 18-55mm lens and waiting on the 50mm 1.4 lens.
     
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    Do a search on here and read up on UV filters. Some people keep a UV filter on at all times for protection. Others never use one; it's two different camps. Do the search, read through some threads, and decide which camp you want to join.

    CPL should be all you need for a while. You might eventually want ND filters, star filters, etc.
     
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    I just read about the star filters. I will get one of those eventually, lol.
     
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    Yes, Hoya's are decent. Not great, but far from the worst. That's also their "Standard," which is the minimum I'd personally get from them (they have a lower "G-series").

    http://www.thephotoforum.com/forum/...y/192033-hoya-circular-polarizer-filters.html

    Of note, you could get the same filter from an actual retailer for the same price, and not have to deal with eBay (even if it is a good seller).

    B52CRPLGB Hoya 52mm Circular Polarizer Glass Filter (I would assume that B&H also has it for the same price or at least close)
     
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    I would say CPL is the only one that's an absolute necessity - but there are a few others that are really fun and good to have.

    I recommend B+W with MRC ... they are roughly double the cost of the one you linked to...

    ND lets you get slower shutter speeds in the day time for cool effects with flowing water or moving clouds - things like that.

    IR is fun too, but some cameras just aren't very good at it (they all have an IR blocking filter over the sensor - some block more than others).

    Star filters are fun, but have limited applications...
     
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    I actually just found that same one on eBay for $40.
    Hoya 52mm PRO1 Digital Circular Polarizing CPL Filter - eBay (item 250569305647 end time Jan-31-10 18:07:54 PST)

    And a set of the PRO1 UV and Circular Polarizing for $90.
    Hoya 52mm PRO1 Digital UV+Circular Polarizer Filter Kit - eBay (item 150408744451 end time Jan-30-10 23:31:09 PST)
     
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    Necessity? I don't think a CPL is a necessity. Sure it would make my life easier and make processing easier, but I've taken some pretty good landscapes (with and without water) without a CPL filter. It's a good filter to have I'm sure, but necessity is a pretty strong word. Unless you shoot through glass, shoot through water or really need to cut reflections in items, a CPL is not a necessity in my opinion....none of those are really needed in a typical landscape photo.

    And before people start arguing with my opinion, a CPL can work and be nice, but I have plenty of photos with landscapes where the sky is gorgeous blue without the need of a CPL.
     
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    Well, if you're going to put it like that - of course it's not a 'necessity'. No filter is.
    Just like no additional lenses are necessary if you already have a kit lens.
     
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    The infrared filters do take some neat images, I just googled some, lol.

    For the B&W with the MRC and Neutral Density filters - what brand would you recommend? I know nothing about the sizes either, lol.
     
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    Okay, I didn't really mean "necessity", lol - just some nice filters to have, I guess is what I really meant.
     

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