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Old Jul 7, 2005, 7:00 PM   #1
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Well, I just bought a bunch of stuff for my S5100, and it came with three filters: UV filter, a PL, and a "skylight" filter, which is light pink and supposedly rids of blueness in the picture and makes it "warmer". I'm kind of wondering how often I should use these filters, and if they're at all necessary. If you guys/gals have em, do you use them a lot? Are they effective? It also says I should just keep the UV lens on anyway, kind of as a lens protector. Tell me what u guys think, I'm leavin for california on Saturday, so I wanna be totally prepared.

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Old Jul 7, 2005, 10:20 PM   #2
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Personally don't believe in using a filter with a digital camera. A UV filter is good to protect your lens. A polarized filter is good for more contrast and darken the sky. Fuji cameras have a "chrome" setting that will duplicate a polarized filter.

I would rather not degrade a good lens ... rather use Photoshop CS for filter corrections.
With film, filters could make all the difference...with digital...good software makes the difference!
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Old Jul 8, 2005, 10:41 AM   #3
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When I bought my Fuji 5100 recently, they offered me a filter package similar to yours, and I purchased it. I have used the polarizer filter a few times, and have had a few good results from it. But for the most part I prefer not using a filter. I like to work on my images using Photoshop. And the CS versions have a number of enhancements that are particularly beneficial to photographers. There is a set of photo filters and some additional controls that, in my opinion, provide me with greater control than trying to use filters on the camera. There has been a school of thought around for years that it is wise to use a UV filter, primarily to protect the lens from getting scratched or dirty. The theory is that it is cheaper to replace a filter than it is to replace the lens. I suppose it is simply a matter of personal preference.
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I don't know how low your 5100 goes, but my 7000 only goes down to F8, so I use ND filters occasionally to help that short coming out. Star filters also can have their place.

However filers and the adapter tube tend to make the camera bigger than I like it to be, so using a UV filter to protect the lens isn't for me.
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Old Jul 8, 2005, 11:21 PM   #5
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Thanks guys! Well, I'm off to California, and I'm gonna try to take some sick shots of the golden gate bridge. Wish me luck!

-Duncan, ACE PHOTOGRAPHER!
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