I'm starting to get involved in this filter/no filter/which filter debate. Now I have a couple questions (maybe they've been asked already, but I haven't seen the message...):
1) I don't own any filters as of the moment (i just got an N65 and love it so far), but want to know if I should get a filter just to protect my 28-80mm lens (isn't the lens cap good enough?). If so, this would be a UV filter, correct?
2) Do brands really matter? I checked out the B&H site, and for my N65, they recommented a "General Brand 58mm UV Protector Filter - Glass" for about $11. What is 'general brand' supposed to mean? (it sounds kinda like a joke
3) What size filter is good to use. I've heard of 58mm, 56, 60...Clearly, not all would fit on the lens, right?
4) I get the idea that having a cir polarizer is useful for certain situations, am i correct? Would 'general brand' be adequate for this purpose as well?
5) Where do you guys usually buy your accessories, equipment? From places like B&H (www.bhphotovideo.com)?
#1. "RE: questions about filters..." | In response to Reply # 0frankie Basic MemberSun 31-Dec-00 12:46 AM
There's a company named "Optex" who market MANY many photographic producs. They make budjet filters and in a pinch, they're great. They are glass - not multi-coated though and are fine for general photography. I've used them before myself.
I also have a tonne of ratty old Optex UV filters which I purchased for pennies to gunk up and colour up to do wierd things without damaging the lens itself...
#2. "RE: questions about filters..." | In response to Reply # 0DaveDosch Basic MemberSun 31-Dec-00 02:17 AM
1) Yes, a UV filter is definately worth keeping in front of your lens. I would recommend the Hoya UV(0) which has the advantage of being multicoated, filters all of the UV and has almost no light loss.
2) Brands only matter like they do for cars. It's not the name you want to pay for, it's the features and quality. A no name "General Brand" filter may meet your needs. Paying a little more for a filter with multicoating is worth while though. I've been very happy with the Hoya and Tiffen filters.
3) Use the filter size for your lens. You didn't fill out your profile, so I don't know what lenses you have. The lens should have the filter size on the front of the lens. If you have a couple of lenses with different close sizes you could get filters for the largest and use a step-up adapter.
4) A circular polarizer is one of the most useful filters that you can get. It's great for removing or accentuating reflections and for darkening the blue of the sky, etc. You could get a general brand filter but generic filters usually are not multicoated. You will get better results from a multicoated filter.
5) I have ordered from B&H in the past, but I've had much better service and support (and better prices) from Focus Camera. Check the General,Shops forum for discussions on this topic.
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