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Using lens filters on DSLRs
Do the same rules apply when using lens filters on a DSLR as they do on a film SLR? I mean, do you get the same effects? I'm just wondering if the sensor handles the light differently or would auto-correct the effect that I was looking for. Are there certain filters that just won't work with the DSLRs?.

I ordered some UV filters for my e510, mainly as a protector, but then wondered if a clear protective lens would have been better. That prompted to question other filters..

Thanks..

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If you shoot in Auto, Av or Tv the camera will correct for any exposure factor of filter. The effects will be the same as film SLR. DSLR needs a circular polarizer..

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Comment #1

Wralyn wrote:.

I ordered some UV filters for my e510, mainly as a protector, butthen wondered if a clear protective lens would have been better. Thatprompted to question other filters..

Most modern lenses have UV coatings applied so a quality clear lens may have been a better choice and probably cheaper. Besides, unless you spend big bucks for quality filters you'll just degrade the quality of the lens .......no point in putting cheap glass over good glass..

The only filters I'd use are for specific purposes like circular polarizers (CP) or neutral density (ND) filters.If you're just looking for protection, a lens hood is the best method..

Http://www.gdanmitchell.com/2007/12/27/uv-filter-or-not/Regards,Hank.

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Comment #2

I'm another who advises not using filters except for polarizing and neutral density filters for specific photographic effects. Image editing programs can do anything the other filters can do (actually you could eliminate neutral density filters once you understand HDR processing)..

As was already suggested, use a lens hood for protection. It will only help image quality, not degrade it even a little..

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Comment #3

Sounds like I should have asked BEFORE ordering!.

Such is the story of my life..

Thanks for the info...

Comment #4

Wralyn wrote:.

Sounds like I should have asked BEFORE ordering!.

See if they at least have an exchange policy if not a return policy and go for a CP filter.......they're very useful.Regards,Hank.

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Comment #5

Wralyn wrote:.

Sounds like I should have asked BEFORE ordering!.

Perhaps a trip to the beach is in your future.A "protective" filter is nice where salt-spray and/or blowing sand is nearWarm regards,DOF..

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