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Old Mar 3, 2007, 1:13 AM   #1
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Hello,

I was wondering what filters does any one use and what kind of results do you get with them?

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Old Mar 3, 2007, 7:38 PM   #2
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hello Helper. Start with a UV or ND filter, it stays on my camera 99% of the time. Its main job is lens protection, much cheaper to replace than a camera lens. Probly next in usage is my circular polarizer which will cut reflections. Search the old posts, both BigDawg and myself have posted a few series of examples.And of course, my Tcon 1.7 whichlets my dx7590 reach out to 646mm....Here's a link which does a good job of explaing filters and what they do
http://www.tiffen.com/camera_filters...olet%20Filters

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Old Mar 3, 2007, 11:31 PM   #3
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Dan,



Thank you for the information. Are there any brands that are a bit better then the others? I know the Kodak site pushes the B+W brand filters.

Again thank you..



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Old Mar 3, 2007, 11:39 PM   #4
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Dan is telling you the right ones. I use a Cokin polorizing filter stacked on top of a Tiffen Sky 1-A filter. The Sky 1-A or skylight filter does double duty..It helps with the ultra- violet rays and Haze from sunlight and filters out blue light that can turn green grass and leaves into blue grass and trees. Also I leave it on all the time except for low light shots or when I use the wide angle lens as it can cause vignetting or dark corners in the photo! The polorizer limits reflected light and will intensify colors giving the photo a more saturated look! I also use a Cokin 120 Gradual Gray filter for skies and clouds. The Gradual gray ND filter doesn't change the colors it filters but darkeens them. Since I use a gradual gray filter you can vary the amount of gray and how dark an area will be affected. Keeps you from blowing out the highlights in cloud shots and intensifies the blue of the sky! In other words...

1. Get a lens adapter so you can attach a filter to your camera. If it's a Kodak camera go here..
http://www.bhphotovideo.com/bnh/cont...&Submit=Go

2. Get a UV Haze or a Skylight filter to protect your lens...It screws onto the Lens Adapter....And leave it on most all the time. Go here to look at the UV Haze Filters...
http://www.bhphotovideo.com/bnh/cont...&Submit=Go

Go here to look at Skylight filters... A hint on these pages-scroll down and click on the features tab for an Item use and discription.
http://www.bhphotovideo.com/bnh/cont...goryNavigation

3. Get a polorizing filter to reduce the reflected light and intensify the colors in your photo! Go here to look at some Polorizing filters! Again click on the features tab for an explanation of the filters abilities!
http://www.bhphotovideo.com/bnh/cont...goryNavigation

4. Get a graduated ND filter to help keep from blowing out the highlights and details in bright skylit scenes! Go here to look at some Grad Gray ND filters....
http://www.geocities.com/cokinfilter...adual_gray.htm

Also you can go here for a look at what some of the filters do!
http://www.stevesforums.com/forums/v...mp;forum_id=18

And this one but be warned it is a lengthy post I did about a year and a half ago.
http://www.stevesforums.com/forums/v...mp;forum_id=18

And another one!
http://www.stevesforums.com/forums/v...mp;forum_id=18

And here.
http://www.stevesforums.com/forums/v...mp;forum_id=18

I like the Tiffen brand for the screw on filters and the Cokin gellatin filters for the drop in type.

Hope this helps.

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Old Mar 4, 2007, 7:23 AM   #5
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Andrew, B+W is a top brand if you're not on a budget. Hoya is good and comes in a variety of price ranges. I use a lot of Tiffen filters , happy with the price and the results. Stay away from cheap ebay stuff.

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Thank you for the information. As I look for filters I keep finding more and more questions coming up? Do I have to get Multi-coated? Are they really that much better? I have a non-multi-coated sky and Uv made by Hoya are these good or should i look for a better brand or multi-coated filter? How does Hoya compare to Tiffan?



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Multi coating will help with lens flair as well as chromatic abberations...the blue or purple edges on limbs amnd the edges of objects in heavily sunlit photos. Not absolutly neccessary but has it's uses. I don't use them myself exxcept for my polorizer which just happened to come that way!! LOL Hoy is usually thout to be better than tiffen but I've never been able to tell the difference!

Go here to look at the full line of Tiffen filters and learn something!
http://www.tiffen.com/tiffen_filters.html

Go here to look at Hoya filters.
http://www.hoyaoptics.com/

Go here to look at B+W filters made by Schneider. Now you know why Kodak pushes them along side their Schneider lenses!
http://www.schneideroptics.com/ecomm...ay.aspx?CID=57


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Thank you all for the information. I really appreciate the information.
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You are always welcome.

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