What to look for in filters and step up rings

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  1. roger.wee

    roger.wee TPF Noob!

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    Hi all,

    I am in the search for a polarizing filter, UV filter and 58mm-77mm step up ring, but there seems to be so much variation in price and i have no idea what to look for when buying these 3 items.

    If it makes a difference, i currently have a 18-55mm canon lense (58mm in diameter) and intend on buying the 10-22mm canon wide angle lense in the future - which is why i'm buying the step up ring.

    The 3 step up rings i've found are:
    http://www.bhphotovideo.com/c/product/98862-REG/General_Brand_58_77_58mm_77mm_Step_Up_Ring_Lens.html

    http://www.bhphotovideo.com/c/product/60508-REG/Tiffen_5877SUR_58_77_mm_Step_up_Ring.html

    http://www.bhphotovideo.com/c/product/22018-REG/Heliopan_700145_58_77_mm_Step_up_Ring.html

    As you can see, huge price differences...any help would be great.

    In regards to the filters, BHphoto have recommended for the 10-22mm canon wide angle lense the:

    Canon - 77mm Haze UV-1 Glass Filter ($34.95)
    Canon - 77mm Circular Polarizer Glass Filter ($124.95)

    I'm not too fussed with the UV filter but the polarizing filter i've seen for half the price. Does anyone have any good advice as to what i should get?

    Any advice would be greatly appreciated.

    Thanks in advanced.
    Roger
     
  2. Big Mike

    Big Mike I am Big, I am Mike Staff Member Supporting Member

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    Like a lot of things...photography equipment varies widely in price. Some of it is quality and some if it is name/brand.

    Sometimes the cheaper products are a great bargain...but most of the time, you get what you pay for.

    One thing to note, is that it looks like the first step-up ring isn't very thin. This might lead to some vignetting on a the wide end of the zoom. The others look to be thinner, which is probably better.

    As for filters...there are many factors which could affect the price. I usually find something that isn't the most expensive but not the cheapest either.
     

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