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    Question Camera filters.....are they worth it?

    Hey there,

    I just purchased a new digital camera and I am looking at doing the advanced novice thing.
    Do the filters these camera places sell really make a difference? IE: UV, Polarized, Flourescent.
    I want pics that aren't faded (IE: look like clothes without the clorox).Anybody got some
    experience here? I always took them and edited in adobe PS. However, I want to begin with
    a good product. Let me know what you think.

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    Re: Camera filters.....are they worth it?

    Might wanna PM Arvig on this as hes a photographer I believe...I haven't seen him post lately though.
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    Re: Camera filters.....are they worth it?

    Different filters give different effects. You may want to go ahead and pop a UV filter on it just to protect the lens, since filters are generally a lot cheaper to replace if scratched.

    Neutral Density filters (ND#) are good for getting longer exposures in bright settings. If you have seen pictures of a flowing stream where the water is blurred because of the motion, yet the rest of the picture is well exposed and in focus, then you have seen the effects of a ND filter.

    And, since you are just starting out, you don't NEED to buy the really expensive filters, or stick to the expensive filters that are sometimes marketed by the camera maker. Find a good camera shop and you can usually find filters in the $12-$20 range for the standard filters.
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    Re: Camera filters.....are they worth it?

    I bought my Hoya HMC filter for my Panasonic DMC FZ-10 from The Filter Connection. I was very pleased with their service. The nice thing about the filter is that is protects the lens, as mentioned above. For a starter, I'd just get a UV filter. My filter was like $20, whereas to replace the lens I would pay ~$250 (usually half the camera price). I also bought a PD-62 62mm adapter for my camera since you can get vignetting with the 72 mm original lens hood, plus 62mm filters and whatnot are cheaper. I would highly recommend the site above for this type of thing.

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    Re: Camera filters.....are they worth it?

    Quote Originally Posted by Sladeiix980
    Hey there,

    I just purchased a new digital camera and I am looking at doing the advanced novice thing.
    Do the filters these camera places sell really make a difference? IE: UV, Polarized, Flourescent.
    I want pics that aren't faded (IE: look like clothes without the clorox).Anybody got some
    experience here? I always took them and edited in adobe PS. However, I want to begin with
    a good product. Let me know what you think.

    Slade
    Absolutly!! I use them for not damaging my (expensive) lenses

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    Smile Re: Camera filters.....are they worth it?

    Hey there,

    Well, I found a set of 3 filters (Neutal Density, UV, and Flourescent) for $30. It's not
    name brand but hey it doesn't have to be to give good images. If the wife is convinced
    it is good then I might get it. I already grabbed a camera and SD 256MB memory from Newegg.
    I agree though a basic filter would be good to have.
    Thanks for the inputs.

    Slade

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    Re: Camera filters.....are they worth it?

    If i didnt recall wasnt there a lense for video cameras for tv screens to prevent the flickering we see i forgot the name of it!

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