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For questions pertaining to photographic filters, which are usually glass or plastic accessories that are either screwed onto the lens or otherwise added in the optical path.

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How would one use filters with the “bulb”-like shape front element lenses?

I am toying with the idea of picking up either the Samyang/Rokinon 14mm f/2.8 IF ED UMC or the 8mm f/3.5 Aspherical Fisheye lens. These lenses have a built-in petal-shape hood and a "bulb-like" front ...
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How do I use Graduated Neutral Density filters?

I want to improve my photos of landscapes with high contrast (sunset/sunrise). What are good selections for GND filters and what are some techniques for using them correctly?
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Should I choose Hoya HD CP or Nikon CP II polarization filters?

I am looking for a polarization filter for a couple of my lenses. I have heard great things about Nikon CP filters and I am using Nikon NC filters myself on some of my most precious lenses. However, ...
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Is there any filter opposite to Polarizing filter, to emphasize reflections?

Polarizing filters are mainly used to reduce glare on water or similar surfaces. My question is, are there any filters that do the opposite job? ie that allow the camera to capture more glare or ...
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What visible-blocking filter to use for XSI IR conversion?

I have converted a XT at home with excellent results. I now wish to convert a XSi and I am having trouble locating a visibe blocking filter except for the Life Pixel filter. Their filter price is out ...
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Is a UV Filter required/recommended for lens protection?

Is it still required/highly recommended that I buy a UV or similar filter to 'protect' the front element of my lens? I ask because this advice has been around for 30 years and you would think that ...
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Are there any downsides to using a good-quality UV filter?

Are there any real downsides to using a UV filter? I know that a poor quality UV filter can effect image quality ... but, assuming I use a good quality UV filter, will that actually be an issue? Is ...
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How can I find out if the polarizer filter is linear or circular?

How can I find out if the polarizer is linear or circular? Is there anything else to know about it? All I know about a polarizer is that it's useful when taking pictures of water or windows.
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What is the use of these Hoya +1 and +2 filters?

I found some old filters (labeled +1, +2) which my dad used on his SLR back in the day. I'm not sure what they're good for or if they're useful on my DSLR. Can someone tell me more about them (i.e. ...
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How can I use 58mm filters with the Sony Nex-7?

I have 58mm filters, and I found out that the Sony filter size is 49mm. How can I use the larger filters with my Nex? Would I need a step up ring? Would it be better to buy 49mm filters instead? ...
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What is the best way to clean lenses and filters?

After removing dust with an air pomp and a brush, what are you using to remove stains from the lens and filters? So far I'm using the liquid from a Giotto's CL 1002 cleaning kit for the lens, but I'm ...
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Circular polarizer in underwater photography?

Today, I was watching a underwater video and suddenly asked myself if anyone has used a circular polarizer or polarizer in underwater shots or videos? I searched on the internet but nothing ...
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What is lens filter size of Kodak Z990?

I have a Kodak z990 Max digital camera and the filter size is not noted on the lens front and not mentioned in the documentation. I figure it is probably in the range of 50-52mm. Can you help? Kodak ...
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What ND filter would you recommend?

I'm thinking about getting an neutral density filter to shoot some silky waterfalls and smooths waves on the beach. What would you recommend in terms of: 1. Brand - quality, durability, price 2. ...
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Which filter do I need to perform NDVI measurements?

I have Nikon D70s DSLR camera and i would like to modify it for NDVI (Normalized Difference Vegetation Index) measurment. I am looking for the filter that can pass effectively RED and NIR band but ...
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How can I fix a sticky polarizing filter?

I took a gamble and bought a used B+W Circular Polarizer off eBay. The filter looks great but the adjusting ring is a little bit sticky. Is there some way to lubricate this?
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I can't buy a streak filter where I live. How do go about making myself one for my DSLR?

Generally used to achieve the anamorphic 'streak' effect.
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Which filters could I use with Sigma 8-16mm f/4.5-5.6?

I am very keen on purchasing the Sigma 8-16mm f/4.5-5.6 DC HSM lens, but one of the draw backs of this lens is that I can't put normal / standard filters on it. Can anyone please advise if I could ...
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ND filter or exposure compensation?

I was at the camera shop a few weeks ago looking for a neutral density filter, so I could play around with long exposure shots without overexposing. The guy at the camera shop told me I didn't need a ...
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Is a UV filter better for lens protection than a protector filter?

I'm usually very good at getting water/finger marks on lens, so I must use something for protection. Is there any downside of using an UV filter instead of a protector filter? Example: Hoya HD ...
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How to make a landscape photo like Stanislav Perov?

I am a beginner in photography. Could some one explain how to make this photo? There are some things that I would like to know: what camera, lens(es) (eg shall I do it on crop camera, wide ...
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Infrared Photography - How to set White Balance?

When I started out photographing in infrared I wasn't setting a specific White Balance (I let the camera set on automatic). Then I started learning more about how people take infrared shots, and that ...
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What filter should I buy if I wanted to do 5 min shutter speed in daylight?

What type of filter would I need to create an image such as the following: http://500px.com/photo/10158205
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Where can I buy sets of Lee ND filters?

I am looking to buy some more Lee ND filters, particularly ND's, but also some Coral's for sunset shots. I'd like to buy whole sets if possible (they usually sell .3, .6, and .9 sets for ND and Coral ...
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Can I attach more filters to a full frame lens on a cropped body without vignetting than with a cropped lens?

It seems to me that because part of the image the lens is passing to the sensor gets cropped due to sensor size that it would take more vignetting to reach the cropped sensor. Is that right and how ...
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How to separate two stuck filters [duplicate]

Possible Duplicate: How do I get a stuck screw filter off of my lens? What are the best techniques for separating two filters that are stuck together (In my case a polarizer and a UV ...
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How do I get a stuck screw filter off of my lens?

There is a UV-filter screwed on my Canon 16-35mm. For some reason, I'm not able to get it off the lens. Does anyone has a simple but safe trick?
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Recommended filters for sunrise/ocean landscape shot

What filters I can use to shoot a ocean/sunrise landscape shot? I'll be shooting after dawn and I would like to make the water looks clear. Thanks
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Why do filters still use a screw mount?

The most fiddly items in my camera gear are the filters. Those are pretty much the only things I keep dropping while trying to screw then (except for my remote trigger falling once into a river, next ...
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How does the sensitivity of camera sensor behaves with the infrared filters?

I am puzzled about the behavior of camera sensor to the infrared spectrum. I have heard that the you must remove the internal infrared filter to capture infrared pictures. So, I removed it and used ...
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Why would my Hoya ND8 Pro 1 decrease the white balance dramatically?

I've just bought the Hoya ND8 Pro filter (+3 stops). After some tests, i've just notice that the results are very different from a single shot. After some tests, here is my conclusions : The ND ...
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some criteria when a filter looks good

I'm a developer who wants to figure out when a filter would look good applied to a given image. For example, I have sepia, solarisation and pencil filters. Okay, the perception will be very ...
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What kind of effect can I hope to achieve by hand-holding a filter at an angle?

I have been looking at some of Little Shao's photographs when I came upon this photoshoot video. Looking at the shoot I noticed this scene where the photographer is holding a filter at a diagonal ...
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How to tell if a polarizing filter is too damaged?

I dropped my CPL onto some rocks and it's a bit scratched up. There's no obvious effect in a (very cursory) look at the photos, but are there tests I can do to see if the damage has a visible effect?
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What are the optical characteristics of glass darkend with candle fumes?

I would like to know if, when darkening (or blackening) a piece of glass with a candle: the filter thus made is "neutral"? if it catches UVs or IRs? there is anything else I am missing?
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How to use Hitech Stop 10 ND filter?

Today I have tested my Hitech Pro Stop 10 ND filter for Lee holder. And I am somehow shocked. It was morning 10. Please, can someone help me, how to use it. :) By the way, I have lost the tech ...
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Galapagos vacation — what photo gear should I take?

Soon I'm off to the Galapagos Islands. I have to admit I've been spending a lot of hours talking to people and reading reviews, and that has left me very confused choosing the correct gear for my ...
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What causes the spots in my IR photos?

Below are images I've shot recently while experiminting with IR photography. The first is an IR image with +2 stops of exposure and a custom white balance based on the bright part of the tag on the ...
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Can I use Cokin filters of Z-Pro version on Lee 100mm system? [duplicate]

Possible Duplicate: Will Cokin-Z and HiTech 100mmx150mm filters fit on a Lee Holder? Can I use Cokin filters of Z-Pro version on Lee 100mm system (I mean thickness)? Lee filters are out of ...
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Is there any difference between using camera filter and photoshop like software postprocessing?

I can shot using filters such as UV/CPL/FLD or I can get similar effect using software filters in picassa/photoshop etc. Is there special features that can be achieved with post processing?
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Are there any sample images out there taken with ND filter and the Sigma 8-16mm lens?

I am deciding on getting an ultra-wide lens mostly because a lot of my shots are taken at 17mm and it's often not wide enough. I narrowed it down to either the Sigma 10-20mm or Sigma 8-16mm. (APS-C) ...
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How can I visualise in monochrome via an optical viewfinder?

Many years ago I had a glass filter I could look through to get an idea of what a scene might look like on black and white film. I think it was blue coloured, long gone I'm afraid. Does anyone have ...
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What kind of photo effect is this?

I've been seeing various photographers post photos with this type of effect http://fadedandblurred.com/wp-content/uploads/2012/04/yangtze-2.jpg it's a bit washed out, yet retains the crisp detail ...
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coastal sunrise long exposure

I want to take a photo at sunrise with a long exposure of the sea which contains old World War 2 boat docking equipment in the sea. will i need to have a ND filter to achieve this as during the day ...
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Why should I use a Graduated ND filter as opposed to the digital equivalent(software)?

With options like Nik’s Color Efex Pro 4 allowing me to digitally apply a Graduated Neutral Density filter, why would I choose to use a piece of equipment that I have to buy and carry around? Related ...
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What is the highest quality graduated neutral density filter?

I've been trying to find a Lee .9 Hard stop GND since November. Really, November of '09. Adorama, b&h, amazon were all out. I finally found one on amazon through a third party in the beginning ...
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Is a fluorescent filter worth using, and how and when?

I bought a UV Filter that came with a Polarizing Filter and a Fluorescent Filter. While I understand the polarizing filter what is the point of a fluorescent filter? When I tried the filter under a ...
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How can I take full advantage of a soft step graduated ND filter with a crop sensor?

I have a Singh ray 2 stop Graduated ND with soft step. I find it very difficult when I uses it with my Canon 17-40 f4L lens on my Canon T2i, which is a crop sensory body. Since it is soft step, I am ...
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Are there any known issues with using filter step-up rings?

My 3 lenses all have a different size thread. (77, 67 and 58mm) I am to purchase a good CP filter for the 77 and 67 thread. I don't have any filters for the 58mm thread lens but I was thinking about ...
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What are the benefits of a multi-coated CP filter over a regular CP filter?

I would like to purchase CP filters for at least 2 of my lenses. I can go with either the lower cost regular CP filter or the HMC Multi-Coated CP filter. THe multi-coated filter is almost double the ...