Help with filter!
What do you want to do? You need a problem to look for a solution - not the opposite!
Filter would be used for a purpose.
For example, polarizer filters are great to cut folliage reflexions at a landscape, but I knew people that could not see that reflections!
Anyway, my personal guidelines on filters are:
- Avoid them if you do not have a clear purpose
- If you have a purpose that can be made by software post-processing, prefer that way: get the best image you can at raw format and add such effect at post-processing
- If an (optical) filter is used, try to use only the highest quality optics (including coating) you can afford in order to do not add one more headache instead of a solution for what are you looking for
- Only for an emergency I would stack filters. One is the limit of my "regular risk taking"
- My most used filter is a circular polarizer. I use it mainly for some landscape and even for selected still life when using cross-polarized illumination
- One rarely used filter in my ND filters. I do not use variable ND as its construction with two crossed polarizer filters can add some problems as vignette and strong color casts. I prefer "fixed ND" instead. I have 3-stop and 9-stop NDs
- I own also a never used Nikon clear filter
- UV filters are not necessary for modern lens/cameras for most applications as they have protection coats to cut that light spectrum but for much long expositions at full daylight with a ND filter with not so good coating and at same time strong ND factor, that light spectrum can introduce significative color distortions
- I do not buy the history of "filters for protection". I prefer insurance, lens hood and some discipline to use the lenses.
O.Cristo - An Amateur Photographer
Opinions of men are almost as various as their faces - so many men so many minds. B. Franklin