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What filter should i buy?
Hello every1.

Ok so I got my canon 400d last night, I'm gona take it out this weekend to get some shots, I cant wait..

I shoot mostly landscape, night time and just basically stuff around london..

What filters should I use, I like shooting clouds and the sky aswell so a ND filter will be a good start right??.

Basically whats 3 good filters to start off with to get me going..

Thanks ..

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Nebulaflux wrote:.

Hello every1.

Ok so I got my canon 400d last night, I'm gona take it out thisweekend to get some shots, I cant wait..

I shoot mostly landscape, night time and just basically stuff aroundlondon..

What filters should I use, I like shooting clouds and the sky aswellso a ND filter will be a good start right??.

Basically whats 3 good filters to start off with to get me going..

Thanks .

The best one to get for outdoor / landscape work is a circular polarising filter, which gives richer and more saturated colours (especially in blue skies) and helps to cut down the glare from directly reflected sunlight. It can make a big difference on sunny days. That's it really... you don't need 3!.

Best wishesMike..

Comment #1

Nebulaflux wrote:.

What filters should I use, I like shooting clouds and the sky aswellso a ND filter will be a good start right??.

Not a plain ND filter for those purposes. Maybe a Graduated ND filter, but I'd hold off on that until you're farther along the learning curve..

Http://www.halley.cc/photo/filters.html.

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Comment #2

Ed Halley wrote:.

Not a plain ND filter for those purposes. Maybe a Graduated NDfilter, but I'd hold off on that until you're farther along thelearning curve..

Once you are ready for them, I suggest looking at rectangular filters for this purpose. Round graduated ND filters that screw onto the lens are very restricted in thier usefulness. The graduation is always in the middle of the frame and that limits your compostions..

A Cokin filter holder and Lee or Hitech filters are my suggestion. The Cokin ND filters themselves are not neutral.Chefziggyhttp://www.pbase.com/chefziggy/lecream..

Comment #3

Circular polarizer for sure. get one that fits the largest lens you're thinking of getting and then get a step-down ring. Yes, they're expensive. Get a good one. They have a significant filter factor (ie. light loss)..

3 stop ND round filter. Get a good one or else they can color cast. This will allow you to reduce the amount of light w/o resorting to very small apertures or supershort speed. Esp. good for cloud/sky fans. Not hugely expensive; many people bypass this and use the circular polarizer instead (hence the comment about significant light loss which in this case, is the desired feature)..

Graduated ND filter (square only), you can start w/ Cokin (cheap and decent) but you may find that a higher quality one gives better results (buy it (the better one) in the future when you have more experience). do NOT get a round GND filter because you will want to move the graduation line up/down to match your composition and a round one cannot do that. There are 2 sizes, Cokin P and 4x6(Lee, others). You'll be shocked at how expensive a piece of plastic can be  The GND filters are good because they hold back the sky/cloud w/o holding back the ground so you get a more balanced exposure..

Comment #4

The circular polarisers are good but when shooting a panoramic landscape you'll often end up with just one corner of the sky being a nice more saturated blue. (It polarises at 90 degrees to the sun and can make a whole sky look kind of odd). I think the suggestion of Cokin ND Graduated Filters is OK; they're light enough to put a pack in your pocket together with the screw-in filter holder, however they won't allow you to use the camera's own lens hood at the time and you might end up needing a rather big one to go on the end of the adapter. For that reason a gradual grey screw in filter + circular polariser is not a bad idea for beginners.John.Please visit me at:http://www.pbase.com/johnfr/backtothebridgehttp://www.pbase.com/johnfr/digital_dartmoor..

Comment #5

One that is always handy is a Circular Polarizer also an Opticap type of filter to protect the front element of your camera lens. That is a filter of hardened optical glass. Also do NOT purchase cheep filters to go on a good lens. B+W make a good varied set of filters. Also another way to go is Cokin. That is a system that attaches to different lenses with the holder that accepts filters.

This way you do not have to get filters for every lens just adaptors...

Comment #6

With WrightStuff about getting good filter. B+W is also my prefered brand. Cheap filter will only degrades the quality of your images. Only filter I use is Circular Polarizer to block out some reflection and glare, although not working on the glare from metals. It is also helps on a high polution day as well..

WrightStuff wrote:.

One that is always handy is a Circular Polarizer also an Opticaptype of filter to protect the front element of your camera lens. Thatis a filter of hardened optical glass. Also do NOT purchase cheepfilters to go on a good lens. B+W make a good varied set of filters.Also another way to go is Cokin. That is a system that attaches todifferent lenses with the holder that accepts filters. Each differentsize lens has it's adaptor and the filters holders fit into theadaptor.



Sarah..

Comment #7

You don't NEED any filters - and certainly I find I use them far less with digital than when I was using film - but I agree with other posters on the three that are nice to have (in the following priority):.

1. UV or Skylight permanently attached to the lens to protect the front element. This is always a very contentious issue and photographers fall into two camps - those who regard it as a sensible precaution v. those who think it's unnecessary and will degrade the image quality. Having once dropped a camera and been very pleased that the UV filter took the 'hit' rather than the lens, I'm in the former camp. At the end you will need to make up your own mind..

2. ND Grad - to darken the sky so that you get an even exposure without blowing out the highlights. As another poster said, the square ones are the best (i.e. most useful) and you can then use the same filter on different size lenses - I would recommend Cokin P range.

3. Circular polarizer for reasons others have mentioned. These are most useful on bright sunny days - but since your in London you probably won't get many of those  If you decide to get one, then again I would recommend the Cokin P type so that the same polarizer can be used on different lenses.

Other than getting a UV if you so decide, I wouldn't worry about getting any other filters at this stage. I think you would be better learning how to use new camera and become familiar with what it can do. You'll then be able to decide whether you need to use filters as you progress..

Confused of Malvern.

'The greatest fool can ask more than the wisest man can answer'..

Comment #8

Ive read your replies. Thankyou very much to every1 who posted. All post where very informative.

Im gona get -.

ND Grad Filter - ND GRAD KIT includes Grad Grey G2 Soft (NDX8), Grad Grey G2 Medium (NDX4) and Grad Grey G2 Light (NDX2) Code: H250A (link below).

Http://www.parkcameras.com/...oryID/75/v/2992c0d2-ba0f-4188-8136-020ec13f8292.

AND.

Http://www.parkcameras.com/...oryID/75/v/2992c0d2-ba0f-4188-8136-020ec13f8292.

What you ppl think??.

Will that adapter fit my standard canon 400d lens?..

Comment #9

You probably won't use that NDX2 too much in reality. You'd be wise to get a 3 stop normal ND also (or instead)..

Comment #10

I duno whats gona fit my lens..

Cokin A or Cokin P???.

I have the standard lens from the canon 400d and I'm also gona get a 50mm f1.8 prime lens...

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