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Old Oct 19, 2006, 2:00 AM   #1
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I am buying a Sony DSC-H5 and I know I need a memory stick. Which is better Sony or Sandisk? Also do I need to get the high speed card. Is the Sandisk Ultra II line the same as the Sony High Speed line. Also do I need a Circular Polarizing filter and/or a UV filter and if so what is a good brand for those? Can you put both filters on the camera at the same time or is that a bad idea?
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Old Oct 19, 2006, 6:33 AM   #2
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Sony is original equipment; SanDisk is aftermarket. The SanDisk name is highly regarded among most photographers as a supplier of reliable memory products. You won't go wrong with either. High-speed can save images faster (depending on the camera) but will generally cost more.

As far as filters, many photographers (myself included) put and keep a UV filter on the front of their lenses, It does filter UV light which can do strange things to colors, but I use it mainly for the "klutz" factor, avoiding damage from the occasional bumps and scrapes that occur in the field. A filter is cheaper than a lens. A circle polarizer is always a good idea to have but should only be used AS NEEDED, to reduce glare or unwanted reflections from objects or water. It is a creative tool.

Good filter brands include Hoya, Cokin, and some folks include Tiffen (if multi-coated). I usually get mine from photo swap-meets where stores send reps to unload overstock equipment and are willing to haggle price. I recentlysnagged a 62 mm Hoya circular polarizer for $8 US!

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You could buy a cheaper linear PL unless you wanted the CPL for a dslr as well ..
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I do not have a DSLR. So I can use a Linear Polarizer instead of a Circular Polarizer? Also how will the regular Memory Stick Pro Duo instead of the high speed variety affect the behaviour of the camera. Will it make it slower?
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Yes you can use a linear.

The highspeed stick might shavea second or sooff shot to shot times, but I doubt its worth the money..

Perhaps someone in the forum has taken timings and can judge if its worth it.

If the H5 had a decent burst mode it would be useful, but the H series cameras don't..

It will probably make most difference when transferring pictures down to the computer .

Sony/SanDisk MS Pro:around 1.875MB/s

Sony MS Pro High Speed: 10 MB/s
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