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Old Jun 14, 2011, 9:41 PM   #1
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What's the best way to store lens filters? In this case, the round screw-on type. I'd like some sort of pouch that will protect it yet keep it safe in the camera bag. The cases they came in are strong but allow the filter to slide around, and I'm not sure this is optimal.

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since most of my filters are 58mm, I use an adorama pouch that hold 6 filters. They work very well in protecting the filter and make for more compact storage. This is what I used but there are allot of different options.

http://www.adorama.com/GBSFWA.html
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Old Jun 15, 2011, 12:16 AM   #3
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Depends on your filter size the Adorama pouches are not bad and come in multiple sizes like this one
pouch P holds up to 5, 86mm round filters or 5, P sized square filters.

Or this Tamrac wallet will hold up to 8, 82mm filters

Pelican also makes a filter wallet not sure what it holds

My round filters run from a small 67mm to 105mm on the largest.
The only rounds I carry now are polarizers, one for each lens size and I keep them in their original cases if possible since there are not many of them

If you have a lot of round filters a carry case for all of them would be useful!
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Old Jun 15, 2011, 5:39 AM   #4
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The cases that the filters come in are made for different sizes of filters, so there is room for a filter to slide around inside the case, but the only part of the filter that comes into contact with the inside of the case is the outer barrel. The optical surfaces of the filter never contact anything inside the case, so the original cases pose no threat to the filters. (After all, the filters were shipped halfway around the world in those cases, probably experiencing more than a few jolts, probably more severe than anything you'd subject them to, and they got to you in fine condition. Didn't they?)

Another issue that you might want to consider is that keeping them in a closed, opaque case can support the growth of fungus, while the clear plastic cases they came in won't.
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Old Jun 16, 2011, 5:26 AM   #5
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Thanks for the suggestions! The original cases are a bit bulky, but they do seem to get the job done.
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I use a Lowepro Filter Pocket http://products.lowepro.com/product/...et,1945,45.htm

It holds up to 6 filters, maximum 82mm. The pockets are soft plastic that shouldn't scratch.
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Never thought about getting anything special - I don't have many filters and have always just kept them in the cases they came in. That seems to have worked well - I still have linear polarizers originally bought around 30 years ago and they are in very good condition (it can't be that long ago when my then boyfriend bought me a SLR camera, it just can't be. We can't possibly be celebrating our 30th wedding anniversary in another month).
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Congrats on the 30th anniversary!
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