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What make of filter is best?

Discussion in 'Photography Forums' started by jools230575, May 2, 2005.

  1. jools230575

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    Hi there

    Would anyone care to recommend a good make of filter? Is this a minefield question?

    Have seen the effects that filters can have on photos and I am keen to experiment :D
     
  2. seany

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    I've considered B + W filters.

    Looked last night on the web for suppliers in the UK. Tried finding suppliers in the UK but sources seem to be thin on the ground.

    Anyone have a good supplier they use?
     
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    I guess you're thinking of the Cokin or Lee filter systems.

    Cokin are cheaper, but this starter kit is all you really need for great landscape photography :)
     
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    To be honest, I wouldn't bother with filters. It's digital so I'd do it digitally. Why? Well, you will find it harder to remove the effects of a filter on your lens than to add it in Photoshop and you will have more control over the final look. Just my opinion, mind.
     
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    I spose its a protection thing also but that article i gave a link to has a different idea on that, but there's many who'd disagree with that, it's just one of many view points

    For polarising though i'd use a filter personally
     
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    Well I kind of thought that went without saying :D

    Here's a quick example of the flexibility of Photoshop over filters. It's not the most ideal photo (I've had to push the land a bit more than I wanted as it was almost sunset and I was shooting hand-held), but because there is water reflecting the sky I would have needed a ND filter which was top and bottom.

    I took one shot on RAW and output one exposure for sky & water and one for the land and did a quick merge of the two in PS.
     

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    Thats pretty good mate;)

    I've not got the skills with ps you have not by a long way.

    What do think about the the protection issue of filters?
     
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    Thanks Seany.

    Not sure since I read that article you posted. I used to religiously have a skylight filter on all my lenses when I had a film SLR for that very reason and I never noticed any issues with flare. I must admit though, in all my years of photography I've never known anyone to get a damaged front element.
     
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    I've not got an L lens anymore john have you not read my thead


    I sent the 16-35 back i'm thinking i'm going to hire some lenses or just do what i did with jessops and buy and take back until i find something i'm really really happy with
     
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    just sent you PM
     
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    I find the lens hood offers my front element more protection than a filter against bangs and crashes... but if i'm off to the coast for the day will tend to plonk on a filter, find SigmaEXs more than acceptable on my Ls.
     
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