Filters..how frequently do you guys use them?

Started Jul 15, 2013 | Discussions thread
GreenMountainGirl
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Re: Filters..how frequently do you guys use them?
In reply to Daisy AU, Jul 15, 2013

Daisy AU wrote:

If you are going to buy filters, you can get the biggest size according to what lenses you currently own (and which lenses you intend to purchase in the future), and then use step-down rings to be able to use the one filter with all your other lenses. Most of my filters are either 67 or 77.

I see a problem with this method.  Using a lens hood will not be possible when using a filter larger than the lens.  OP have said that a hood is not important when using a CPL, but sometimes after adjusting the filter, I snap the lens hood back on before shooting.

For me, the lens hood is protective when using the camera, the lens cap is protective when storing the camera, so UV filters are only useful in dirty conditions, especially with wind.

I own UV filters, seldom use them; CPLs, use them when needed (reflective surfaces, bright sun, skies); grad ND, for sunrise/sunset pictures.

Advice given to me:  don't buy equipment of any kind until you know you need it and will use it.  Photography can be a "money pit" and purchasing filters, lenses, etc. because they sound good is a pathway to having a closet full of items you never use!

Good Luck...

Susan

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