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Old Jun 20, 2010, 9:02 PM   #1
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Well I am going on a trip soon to Dolly Sods WV. Going to be a 4 day hike in some of the most beautiful scenery this side of the mississippi they say. Weight is a huge factor but I'm taking my S5 no mater what! I broke my UV filter (it did its job lol) so right now I have nothing for the camera except a partly cracked extension tube and sun shade. From my other thread I'll be buying a holster style bag I can put on the waist belt of my backpack. I'll definitely be getting another cheap UV filter atleast for protection, and looking for any other suggestion on anything that would help me take some good photos on the trip.

One idea is a circular polarizer. Anyone ever use them? I hear they are a 'must have' for an slr but dont know how well they work with p&s.

Another thing I have always wanted was a wide angle adapter like one of the Raynox .66X and the like. Problem is I have had the S5 for a couple years and I hope to move up to an SLR in the next year or too, dont know if I want to spend the money on a wide angle, although I suppose for 58mm it may fit SLR lenses too.

Any thoughts / suggestion? I dont know much about filters but always wanting to learn new things and have some more tools in the bag.
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Old Jun 25, 2010, 11:46 AM   #2
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Get the CP it will be very worthwhile on your upcoming trip. Pass on the wide angle accessory lens, as it is just something more that you have to tote along, assemble, and mount on your camera.

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Sarah is correct about the hassle of bringing and using extra lenses, if your goal is to travel light. I have the tele and wide lenses for my G9, and can also use them on my G11, but I do not always bring them with me. It makes my small kit suddenly more like a larger DSLR kit, which is something I want to avoid.

Also, you can save some $$$ by not buying a circular polarizer, and just get a linear polarizer. Only DSLR systems need the circular polarizer. You do want a multicoated polarizer, but the best ones tend to be the circular. So, we come full circle to suggest you may end up buying the CP just to get the coatings. Also, if you have a DSLR, then a CP could be used on your DSLR and S5,so money saved.

http://www.luminous-landscape.com/tu...larizers.shtml

http://www.bobatkins.com/photography...olarizers.html

http://www.cs.mtu.edu/~shene/DigiCam...polarizer.html

Remember to remove the CP when you are not in the bright sunshine environment. Also, polarizers are the most effective when the sunlight is perpendicular to your line of sight (of the photo).

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Old Jun 29, 2010, 2:05 PM   #4
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Thanks Sarah and Dennis.

I have been itching to try the wide angle lense adapter since it seems I always wish I had a bit wider angle and end up trying to use stitch mode. And I am thinking for this trip 90% of the shots would be using it so I would probably just mount it and leave it on for the most part. It is a little pricey (one I am looking at is the Raynox HD 6600PRO 58) which would be compatable with 58MM slr lenses too since I'd like to get a Canon SLR soon, but I dont know if the quality of the Raynox will do more damage than good on a 15MP SLR or so. The other issue is since the front of the Raynox is 72MM, I'd have to get new UV or CP filters for it.

Unless I can mount a standard 58MM CP filter on the camera and then the raynox wide angle on top of that, will that work?

When you start talking about multi-coated I assume the one I was looking at is not. http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B00009W3U9/ref=ord_cart_shr?ie=UTF8&m=ATVPDKIKX0DER Its only $13 so I wasnt to worried about it but its a cheap way to see if it makes a difference.

Also was looking at a larger hood, when I use the canon hood designed for the camera if I put even the canon uv filter on it the hood shows up in the corners of the frame so I have to zoom a little and loose some of that wide angle or I forget and have to crop the image. I was thinking something like this http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B001GPHT9I/ref=ord_cart_shr?ie=UTF8&m=A13BNE3P7C8THK would that work better?

And lastly my canon adapter tube is cracked. I've superglued it but heard there were other aluminum ones available so I found this: http://www.amazon.com/Digital-Concepts-adapter-Canon-Powershot/dp/tech-data/B000FSILBM/ref=de_a_smtd?ie=UTF8&m=A2LM6ZPY06LT1N but in the pics it seems to show several different models so not really sure exactly which one it is.

Or raynox makes a lense tube adapter that is metal, but its only 52MM. http://www.amazon.com/Raynox-PLP-S30-Filter-Kit/dp/B000NA9JK4/ref=sr_1_2?ie=UTF8&s=electronics&qid=1277829614&sr =8-2 would this cause more issues with the corners of the pics showing the filters or is 52MM ok? Might save a couple bucks on other filters if I get more, and it includes a cover.
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Lensmate still has some metal 58mm adapter tubes for your camera (S5/S3), but if you want one, then you need to move on it. They also have sample shots using different WA converters, see link below. The Raynox .66 lens with 58mm threads can be used on a 52mm adapter using a 52 to 58 step up ring, if you go that route. See the link here, and scroll down to read about it.

http://www.lensmateonline.com/newsite/S2wide.html

Don't bother with cheap lenses or filters, you get what you pay for. Also, I'm not a expert on this, but I'm pretty certain you won't be able to use the Raynox .66 on a DSLR lens.

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Well it doesnt appear that lensmate has the adapters, atleast the only one I see listed is silver in color and I'll pass on that. I'll just keep using my repaired canon one (58MM).

So that should keep things simple, I'll get a 58MM CP and use the canon hood I have already. Since I probably wont get the wide converter I can spend a few more bucks on a CP. $13 for the sunpac is awfuly tempting just to try, but I think I could swing $70 for the hoya HMC CP if you all think its worth it.
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