What lens filters to get?

danpeikes

TPF Noob!
Joined
May 30, 2009
Messages
16
Reaction score
0
Location
Chicago
Can others edit my Photos
Photos OK to edit
I am trying to figure out which filters to buy. I am shooting a Cannon T5 primarily with the kit 18-55mm lens that is came with. Most of my pictures are of food for my blog. I generally us a setup with 3 lights that look like this with fairly white CFL bulbs (sorry don't have the exact color temp handy):
0369060c-0891-4a5a-9510-acebc190241f_400.jpg

TIA,
Dan

P.S. if you recommendations for a different bulbs I should be using please let me know
 

Ido

No longer a newbie, moving up!
Joined
Jun 30, 2014
Messages
449
Reaction score
67
Location
Israel
Can others edit my Photos
Photos NOT OK to edit
Why are you looking for a filter? I really don't think you need any…
 
OP
D

danpeikes

TPF Noob!
Joined
May 30, 2009
Messages
16
Reaction score
0
Location
Chicago
Can others edit my Photos
Photos OK to edit
primarily to protect the lens and hopefully to improve the quality of my pictures.
 

astroNikon

'ya all Bananas I tell 'ya
Supporting Member
Joined
Aug 15, 2013
Messages
13,668
Reaction score
3,334
Location
SE Michigan
Can others edit my Photos
Photos OK to edit
most filters don't protect the lens very good - the hood does a better job.

That's also what the sales people tell you when they sell you cheap filters that degrade the quality of your lens.
 

Ido

No longer a newbie, moving up!
Joined
Jun 30, 2014
Messages
449
Reaction score
67
Location
Israel
Can others edit my Photos
Photos NOT OK to edit
primarily to protect the lens
I bet you don't photograph food in inclement weather outside, where a protective filter may be useful. Lenses really don't need protection; the front-element glass is really durable, even on cheap lenses.

and hopefully to improve the quality of my pictures.
No filter will do that. Lenses are designed to give the best image quality possible in their package—adding anything to the front can only degrade it, never improve it.

Filters are used for special purposes, to do things you can't do otherwise. For anything else, don't bother with filters.
 

dennybeall

No longer a newbie, moving up!
Joined
May 13, 2014
Messages
2,308
Reaction score
439
Location
OTOW - Ocala, Florida
Website
www.citrusphotorestore.com
Can others edit my Photos
Photos OK to edit
I don't do food photos but have heard that polarizing filters can help the food to look better.
Personally I haven't used other than a polarizing filter or a neutral density filter since Photoshop came along.
 
OP
D

danpeikes

TPF Noob!
Joined
May 30, 2009
Messages
16
Reaction score
0
Location
Chicago
Can others edit my Photos
Photos OK to edit
I do worry about the lens getting dirty/greasy from airborne food particles.
 

astroNikon

'ya all Bananas I tell 'ya
Supporting Member
Joined
Aug 15, 2013
Messages
13,668
Reaction score
3,334
Location
SE Michigan
Can others edit my Photos
Photos OK to edit
I do worry about the lens getting dirty/greasy from airborne food particles.
If you are adamant on getting one, Then you would want to get a HIGH Quality filter such as this ==> 66-1001700

Keep in mind, you'll still have to clean the filter if it gets dirty.
Or make sure you put the lens cap on when you are not taking a photo.
and make sure food is not splattering while taking photos.

FYI, is there is that much grease in the air while you are taking photos, you may want to protect your camera and lens too.
 
OP
D

danpeikes

TPF Noob!
Joined
May 30, 2009
Messages
16
Reaction score
0
Location
Chicago
Can others edit my Photos
Photos OK to edit
primarily to protect the lens and hopefully to improve the quality of my pictures.
A filter will reduce the quality and they can cause more damage to your lens if you knock it or drop it
Really? I was taught when I took photo 1 in undergrad (on film) many moons ago that a filter was important in case you drop your camera. Also we doing a lot of shooting outdoors so a UV filter was recommended.
 

Derrel

Mr. Rain Cloud
Joined
Jul 23, 2009
Messages
48,229
Reaction score
18,870
Location
USA
Website
www.pbase.com
Can others edit my Photos
Photos OK to edit
FILM is often very sensitive to ultraviolet....digital sensors are not. There is no ultraviolet hazing with a digital sensor.

Filters break EASILY. Lens fronts are tough as nails. Watch this video, and be prepared to have a couple of old folk tales proven untrue.

The tests begin at the 7:44 mark.
 

gsgary

Been spending a lot of time on here!
Joined
Oct 31, 2008
Messages
16,144
Reaction score
2,968
Location
Chesterfield UK
Website
www.gsgary.smugmug.com
Can others edit my Photos
Photos OK to edit
primarily to protect the lens and hopefully to improve the quality of my pictures.
A filter will reduce the quality and they can cause more damage to your lens if you knock it or drop it
Really? I was taught when I took photo 1 in undergrad (on film) many moons ago that a filter was important in case you drop your camera. Also we doing a lot of shooting outdoors so a UV filter was recommended.
I never used filters when I shot digital why spend thousands on L lenses then put some thin piece of cheap glass in the way, but now I have gone backe to 99% film I sometimes use filter for better contrast
 

JoeW

Been spending a lot of time on here!
Joined
Dec 17, 2013
Messages
1,868
Reaction score
897
Location
Northern Virginia
Website
500px.com
Can others edit my Photos
Photos OK to edit
I get circular polarizing filters and NDF and GNDF filters. Otherwise, I completely agree with the points about it being a piece of plastic or cheap glass at the end of your lens AND the lens not benefiting from that protection. I can think of only one instance where I might put a cheap UV filter on the end of my lens...if I was shooting a color run. Even with your camera in a sleeve or baggie, the risk of colored dust particles is so great, I'd put on a cheap filter and then probably throw it away at the end of the day.

Now, for shooting food? Nope--no filter. I'd learn how to set custom white balance though and maybe get something to help with that (grey card, expo disc, etc.).
 

jcdeboever

TPF Supporters
Supporting Member
Joined
Sep 5, 2015
Messages
19,358
Reaction score
14,862
Location
Michigan
Can others edit my Photos
Photos OK to edit
After seeing that link Derrel provided, I want to go out into pull barn and destroy something....

Sent from my XT1254 using Tapatalk
 

astroNikon

'ya all Bananas I tell 'ya
Supporting Member
Joined
Aug 15, 2013
Messages
13,668
Reaction score
3,334
Location
SE Michigan
Can others edit my Photos
Photos OK to edit
...
After seeing that link Derrel provided, I want to go out into pull barn and destroy something....

Sent from my XT1254 using Tapatalk
You can destroy your lens' IQ just by stacking a couple UV filters on it and taking a photo into the sun. :)
 

Most reactions

Top