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Old Feb 11, 2003, 5:38 PM   #1
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Hi everybody,
I've recently purchased my first digital camera. I bought more than I need so I can grow into it (Sony F707). My question has to do with filters, UV filters, etc. By reading some of this site I've found that there is a very low opinion of crystal optic or crystal vision lenses, but what about filters made by these companies?

I'm heading for vacation in two weeks and need to pick up at the very least a decent UV filter. Any suggestions would be greatly appreciated.

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Old Feb 12, 2003, 7:07 AM   #2
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Go to www.2filter.com. Call these folks and they will help you with your filter choices.

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Thanks Phil!
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Old Feb 12, 2003, 10:23 AM   #4
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Unlike film cameras, digital cameras don't really need a UV or skylight filter for color correction. The digital camera's white balance will set the necessary color temperature for the time of day and color of the light.

We mainly use a UV, skylight or clear filters for protection of the lens as you would much rather scratch or damage a $15 filter than the camera's lens. If you get a polarizing filter make sure it is a circular polarizer type and not the linear type. Linear polarizing filters can defeat the digicam's auto focus system.

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Old Feb 12, 2003, 1:06 PM   #5
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I'm asking out of ignorance here....

Does that mean that a linear polarizer could stop a film camer's AF system as well? I know in the dSLR realm, the AF system can be the same as some film cameras. (I know more about the D100 than other cameras.)

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Old Feb 12, 2003, 1:09 PM   #6
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Well I just ordered 2 Hoya filters: a Hoya multicoated UV filter and a Hoya HMC multicoated circular polarizer. I hope I did OK! I didn't want to get the cheapest, or felt it necessary to get the most expensive at this point. Thanks for the help!
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