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Old Mar 7, 2006, 4:33 PM   #1
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So I've decided on the S2 (I know you guys were waiting in suspense!) but I'm trying to figure out what accessories to pick up (sigh).

Looks like the lensmate aluminum 52mm adapter + UV filiter + lenscap is a great idea, even if it'll make the camera a little more bulky.

Then I saw the cool "look what a polarizer can do" picture: http://www.lensmateonline.com/newsite/polarizer.html

Very cool, especially for outdoor shots, which is what I'm planning on. They have a linear polarizer and a circular polarizer- what's the difference? I'm a little peeved that they have a bunch of cool silver adapters- but they're out of stock

Perhaps something like this is a good start- UV filter, circular polarizer, and an 812 filter:http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B00...e&n=502394

or this:http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B00...Fencoding=UTF8

And what abouta bag! Something not too big would be nice- but enough room to fit the filters and extra memory card/batteries. Geez this is getting complicated!

Another question- if I don't get the adapter from lensmate- and if I just buy a UV filter and screw it on- wouldn't that prevent the camera from opening? Basically I have to have the adapter- right?


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Old Mar 7, 2006, 5:35 PM   #2
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Linear is fine for the S2 IS - DSLR's focus a different way and need circular.

Filter quality varies, you can probably dig up reviews at photo sites. I got a good deal locally on high quality multi-coated Heliopan filters.

Filters can cause flare/glare problems - so a lens hood might be needed depending on the lighting situation (I didn't like Lensmate's lenshood - black rubs off on my fingers). I don't use a UV filter unless unless salt-spray or dust is about. Some people say flare isn't that big a problem and leave a UV filter on all the time.

You can't screw on a filter without an adaptor - there's no where to screw it to.

The bag I use is a Lowepro DRES-30AW. The DRES-30AW probably repesents a lower bound if you're leaving the lensmate attached. Just big enough for the camera with the lensmate attached, some batteries, and a couple of filters. I used the velcro-divider that comes with the case to create an angled sub-floor - so I can store stuff under the where the lensmate rests. I don't use the Lowepro battery compartment - my batteries came with a 4 cell battery case that I store on the floor of the case. Note the case is too small for the camera with a lenshood attached. I didn't want a big bag as I normally carry a briefcase or day-pack where other stuff like the lenshood, blower-brush, etc can be stowed.I don't like too much velcro in a bag - very noisy.

The heliopan filter cases are quite large, I've since replaced one of the cases with an old circular case which takes up less space in the bag.

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Old Mar 7, 2006, 6:01 PM   #3
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Thanks mchnz! That's a spiff looking bag- I'll look into it, as I'd also like something smaller.

I guess I'm worried about getting the lens dirty, or scratched, so I'd prefer to leave a nice UV filter in all the time. That first link containing the three Tiffen filters on Amazon for $30 seems like a pretty decent deal- though it comes with a circular polarizer- is it bad to use a circular with the S2?


Edit: Another thing to take into account- I'd like to carry this camera with me when I take bike rides- so that involves either getting a case I can somehow carry while riding- or finding a case that fits in a backpack.


I'm liking this design... http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B00...Fencoding=UTF8
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What about lenses and filters ?

Can anyone suggest good telephoto or macro lenses to be used on the S2 ?

I prefer brands like Olympus, Nikon or Sony.


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Old Mar 8, 2006, 3:02 AM   #5
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No real experience with tele - but I remembered this thread.

http://www.stevesforums.com/forums/v...mp;forum_id=15

Canon make a tele and a macro.

The lensmate site ( http://www.lensmateonline.com/ ) has sample images with some lenses.

I have the Raynox M-250 macro - it's a bit hard to use on full zoom because it has a very narrow depth-of-field - I believe the Canon lens has a wider depth of field. Two of the images in this set were from the M-250 (at the moment I wouldn't buy it again - but I shall try harder and see if it can change my mind):

http://www.flickr.com/photos/6860837...7594066428228/
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This bag from Tamrac works very well:

http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B00...F8&s=photo


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Old Mar 8, 2006, 12:22 PM   #7
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Argh! That lens combo kit just went up $10!!! Is there any difference between the Tiffen filters and Hoyos quality-wise? Now I'm not sure which set to pick up

I'm pretty certain I'm going to go with this slingbag- looks pretty sweet and I love slingbags: http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B00...e&n=502394
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Well I went with the lensmate aluminum adapter, hoyos UV filter and lenscap for $48.

Once I use the camera a bit I'll probably pick up that backpack bag and the three pack of filters, we'll see.

Should have everything on Monday- look forward to some drab Wisconsin shots from me
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