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Old Apr 22, 2007, 2:58 PM   #1
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I need three filters. I need just a regular multi-coated filter for indoors (52mm and 72mm). Then I need a polarized filter. This is where I am getting lost. I found a ton on Ebay, but I am not sure what the difference is.

Here is one:
http://cgi.ebay.com/Hoya-72mm-SUPER-...QQcmdZViewItem
and here is the other:
http://cgi.ebay.com/ws/eBayISAPI.dll..._promot_widget

Is there a difference between them? Does it matter which one I get? Can I get some of the cheaper ones on Ebay? Some of them are not "pro 1", what ever that means.

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Old Apr 22, 2007, 4:17 PM   #2
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First, why do you need an indoor filter?? Is it just for protection, or are you trying to achieve a specific effect?? People either swear by or hate protective filters, so opinions will vary wildly. Although i'm in the latter camp, there are situations where a protective filter makes some sense, but none of them are indoors. Most filters nowadays can be replicated in post processing, so even if you are looking to achieve a specific effect, often filters are unneccessary in today's digital environment.

As for the polarizers, they are one of the few filters that cannot be replicated in post processing. Polarizers reduce reflections from non metallic surfaces and enhance blues and green, but do so at the expense of light, up to 2 stops. So polarizers should not be left on the lens at all times. The two links you provided are both very good polarizers and you would probably be happy with either one.

Whatever filters you buy, be sure to buy the best you can afford. Cheap filters (and sometimes even expensive ones) can degrade image quality by reducing sharpness, or creating flare or vignetting, especially when used on wider angle lenses. No sense hanging a cheap piece of glass in front of your quality lenses.

Filters are nice and fun to play with, but can create problems if your not comfortable using them or completely understand what they are used for.


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Old Apr 22, 2007, 4:42 PM   #3
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The Pro 1 Digital is the better filter, but you can beat those prices if you check out besteastern on eBay. they are in Hong Kong, but I have bought half a dozen filters from them with no issues.
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Old Apr 22, 2007, 5:35 PM   #4
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Thanks. I wanted an indoor one to protect my lenses. My baby tends to reach out, and I am nervous about little fingers around the camera. Also, I have read in so many forums about people who dropped their cameras and the filters broke but not the lens. I figured maybe I should get one for each lens. If I don't need it, then I won't.

I am so leery right now about buying from over-seas. I got a top from a site in China, and it came stained. I can either live with the stain, or send it back at my expense. I have been arguing with the woman that it is HER error, and to no avail. If I want a top with no stain, I have to fork over another $10 send it back to her. Anyway, I will look into that seller. Maybe I will try again. Just don't want to get burned again.

Leah

One more question ... it is going to be a hundred dollars less to get the filters from Hong Kong, so maybe ... now, what is the difference between the clear filter
http://cgi.ebay.com/HOYA-72mm-Clear-...QQcmdZViewItem
and the haze filter
http://cgi.ebay.com/ws/eBayISAPI.dll...tchlink:top:us
for indoor use to protect my lenses.

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Old Apr 23, 2007, 6:42 AM   #5
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One more question ... it is going to be a hundred dollars less to get the filters from Hong Kong, so maybe ... now, what is the difference between the clear filter
http://cgi.ebay.com/HOYA-72mm-Clear-...QQcmdZViewItem
and the haze filter
http://cgi.ebay.com/ws/eBayISAPI.dll...tchlink:top:us
for indoor use to protect my lenses.
Many prefer the clear filter. I have never used one so I can't comment. Look at 2filters.com. They have a good bit of information on the various filters. Sometimes their pricing is close enouigh to besteastern that I buy from them. I would use a filter on every lens.
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