Lots of opinions about different filters and their uses.
But in an effort to educate and start yet another topic,
What filters do you carry? Or have? What the favorite?
A12 warming filter - favorite
ND 4, 8 & 400x
I also have some Cokin filters mostly gradients (grey, blue, sunset..etc) but I think it was a phase. Used them alot when they first came out...
Anyway, Write in with your list....Don't be shy
#1. "RE: Filters in the bag" | In response to Reply # 0JM Registered since 01st Mar 2007Wed 26-Jul-00 06:33 PM
As a rank amatuer I find the filters in my bag accumulate from exposure to "deals" rather than need. I have amassed the basics,
Polarized-for the F
Cir Polarized- for the N70
and UV\Haze for each lens
But being the sales addict I have (and used)
Star effect(4 point)
and then a few for my trial by BW
but other than that I don't have any.
#2. "RE: Filters in the bag" | In response to Reply # 0avm247 Charter MemberWed 26-Jul-00 06:50 PM
Not being very photo savy, I guess I have the bare minimum...
UV's for all my lenses (Hoya SMC or HMC)
Red (for b&w, Tiffen)
Yellow (for b&w, Tiffen)
Polarizer (Nikon) - favorite
Close up lenses (Hoya)
I want to get a soft filter no. 1
#3. "RE: Filters in the bag" | In response to Reply # 2NikF2AS Basic MemberWed 26-Jul-00 09:57 PM
Mostly used for landscape.
UVs for protection.(i take them off at times for critical shots/flare++ situation especially the non multi coated one)
especially after one save my lens front element from disaster when it fell out of my half zipped backpack as i was running on rocks rushing to a beach before the sun dipped down below the horizons.
Favourite- Cokin warm up 81a,b , neutral density 01,02 and
circular polariser.Recently added-red enhancer for
sunset etc (occasional use only)
B&W - yellow.Intend to get at least an orange.
"sucker for gadget phase"- Cokin blue,tobacco and pink grad,
Sunset and blue 80A
All collecting dust currently.
#4. "RE: Filters in the bag" | In response to Reply # 3BJNicholls Charter MemberSat 29-Jul-00 03:02 AM
When I sold off my Olympus system, I had a large selection of filters for both black and white and color. When I moved to Nikon I took a fresh look at filters, since I had to get new ones for the new diamter.
I came up with a few rules to keep me from buying unused filters:
-I have two filter sizes. Any filter I won't use often will be purchased in the larger diameter and used on my other lenses with a step up ring.
-Any filter I haven't used within a couple of years isn't worth buying. That leaves out my black and white filters and "effects" filters.
-I won't buy a filter that does something that can be done with more control and better results in Photoshop.
What I ended up buying is a pair of circular Polarizers in both sizes. I bought a red didymium "enhancing" filter since I've always wished I had a way to simulate the view of the redrock country through my rose colored sunglasses. I have warming filters for both sizes and I'm trying a couple of different types. I have a couple of skylight filters. I bought an ND gradient, but it's probably a poor purchase; screw in gradients have a fixed transition in the center of the frame... not very conducive to creative composition. I may get a Cokin grey grad to use instead (I have a bunch of unused, unwanted Coking soft effects filters from camera store going out of business sale). I used to own various color correcting filters for fluorescent and tungsten lighting, but I just don't need them like I used to. I work more with strobes when shooting indoors.
Salt Lake City, UT
#5. "RE: Filters in the bag" | In response to Reply # 4Artygal Basic MemberThu 10-Aug-00 10:11 PM
Being a rank beginner, I have a question. I have UV filters for my two lenses but am wondering about the difference between the round "set size" filters and the filter holders with the slip in filters. I would like to purchase a circular polarizer and some colored filters, should I go for the screw on filters in set sizes or the other system?
#6. "RE: Filters in the bag" | In response to Reply # 5NikF2AS Basic MemberSun 13-Aug-00 07:25 AM
If you need neutral density graduated filter for landscape shots,get the Cokin type filter as you can move the filter up and down the holder slot to line up with your horizon.
With other filters like warm up 81A,B,orange(B&W),it is not that crucial whether you choose one over the other as long as you are comfortable with it.
#7. "RE: Filters in the bag" | In response to Reply # 5f5fstop Basic MemberSun 13-Aug-00 10:50 AM
From personal use I would recommend going with circular filters. I have used circular filters for about thirty years and the assortment includes everything from a polorizer, to ND and graduated filters; both color and ND.
However, in the long run it will be up to you to decide. Some people prefer the Cokin, some the circular. Whichever type you try just make sure they are a quality filter such as Tiffen, Hoya, B&W, Singh Ray; do not use poor quality filters. You spend a lot for a lens, don't run the shot with a cheap filter.
I also recommend multicoated filters to help reduce flare and to add contrast.
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