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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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Will a filter cause more or less damage when lens is dropped?

I recently dropped my camera bag from around waist level to the ground. The ground is somewhat padded (carpet) and the bag itself has padding (the typical messenger type of bag's padding). The camera ...
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Do I need a filter for my prime lens in order to protect it from dust, splashes, etc?

From here: http://photo.stackexchange.com/a/569/5205 UV Filters: Many photographers feel that it is worthwhile to put a UV filter on the front of every lens, on the basis that this will protect ...
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How do you handle the varying sizes of filters in your kit?

I have a variety of Nikon DX lenses that take differently sized filters. Most take 52mm filters, but there are a few that take larger 67mm or 77mm filters. The advice I've read most commonly online is ...
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The aperture size of my camera ( Fujifilm Sx1) is minimun of f11 can i use a filter or something to get images similar to f16 or f22

The aperture size of my camera ( Fujifilm Sx1) is minimum of f 11 can i use a filter or something to get images similar to f16 or f22
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How do I chose a vari-ND fader filter without color cast?

I would like to buy a vari-ND fader. I have maximum $70 for it so i can't buy the high end faders. I try to get every information about: Polariod 67MM Neutral Density Variable Fader Nature 67mm ...
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Can gripping a lens too hard cause softness/aberration or other damage?

I have a Nikon D80 kit lens with a circular screw-on polariser filter. In order to remove the filter I might have to grip the lens quite hard, and the end of the lens might be moved about in the ...
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Clarity filter in Photoshop

Why is there no Clarity filter in Photoshop? If one opens a camera RAW file it's possible to manipulate image clarity but when the image's inside Photoshop there's nothing like mid-tone contrast ...
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How to relate a photo filter transmittance function to a digital image colors?

The effect of some photo filters can be summarized in transmission curves such as this one: I want to simulate the effect of such filters on digital images. For example, the Warming Filter 81A ...
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What is the downside of a cheap UV filter that is used solely for the protection of the lens? [duplicate]

I have a Canon EF 17-40L, and I am seeking to buy a UV filter solely intended for the protection of the front glass of the lens. I know that I have a hood for protection, but it makes the equipment ...
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Does the quality of a UV filter make a difference when used with a cheap lens?

I like to use UV filters to protect the front side of my lenses. I have always used the cheap Tiffen filters, around US$5.00 each, depending on the diameter. My question is, should I spend some more ...
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Hoya HD vs B+W XS-Pro filters?

I've read reviews of the Hoya HD line of lens filters that say they're the best filters on earth. I've read reviews of the B+W XS-Pro line that say the exact same thing. How do these filter lines ...
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Which filter is the more generally useful: Skylight 1A or Skylight 1B?

I'm looking to buy a Skylight filter leave permanently attached to a lens for the primary purpose of protecting it. I don't really understand the difference between Skylight 1A and Skylight 1B ...
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Exact specification of N1-CL1 Nikon Closeup lens

On nikon site (and everywhere else) I've been unable to find any exact specification of tne N1-CL1 filter lens -- only thing I need is to know the exact focal distance of this lens (or dioptres, or ...
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Which special effects filter produces circular highlights?

Which special effects filter produces circular highlights as seen in this photo by Magda Wasiczek?
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Do I need a polariser for winter sports?

This will be my first year taking my DSLR to the slopes, I want to get the best pics possible. I have thought for a long time that the main thing I would need is a circular polariser to eliminate ...
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Canon PowerShot sx500IS filter size

What is the filter size of the fixed 30xIS Canon Zoom Lens found on the PowerShot SX55IS?
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How to mount a circular ND filter in front of the ND graduated filter?

Recently I'm into landscape photography and trying to build a convenient and practical setup. I have the Cokin Z-Pro filter holder, Lee ND Grad filters and as solid Hoya ND16 filter. However, to set ...
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What are some good examples of using ND filter with wide apertures?

Usually pictures shot with ND filters look like this one. The typical recommendation is to combine ND filter with narrow aperture to get slower shutter speed. This results in a very big depth of ...
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What mount would fit a bare 50mm diameter, 2mm thick filter?

I have a 50mm diameter, 2mm thick unmounted optical glass filter that I want to attach to my camera. I haven't been able to find a resource that describes the size of the optical glass used in ...
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How do rear gelatine filters compare optically with “regular” front-mounted filters? Where to buy them? How to cut them?

I have a few lenses with with a rear filter holder so I would be curious to know how the rear "gel" filters compare with regular front-mounted filters in terms of optical performance. Until ...
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How to Color Grading look like this?

I found a photo from Flickr The tone of photo seem like a japanese natural style (eco friendly). Highlight mostly green and add some Faded. How do I create this color grading in Photoshop. I, ...
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What should I do when I have lenses with different filter thread sizes?

I want to get a filter kit for my D3200 camera. I am looking at a nice one, the only problem is, the thread size on my regular lens is different then my larger lens. Will it work for both of them? If ...
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Which should be the next upgrade? [closed]

I own Nikon D5100, with 18-55mm lens kit. I am thinking of buying a new lens. Which is good? I am more of interested in portrait and natural photography. Also which filter works well for these ...
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What is the filter size for Nikon D5100 with 18-55mm lens kit? [duplicate]

What is the filter size for Nikon D5100 with 18-55mm lens kit? Is it 52mm or 58mm?
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Can a circular polarizer filter cause noisy images?

I am using a Canon 450D with 17-85mm Canon lens. I noticed that the image is very noisy when I use my CPL filter. Is my filter bad quality or is this normal? I notice this especially when I take RAW ...
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Is it possible to safely disassemble a polarizing filter?

I just purchased an Hoya PL-CIR filter off craiglists (I'm starting photography and it was cheap) and it looks like there is some dust/dirt between the two lenses. Is there a way to safely ...
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What is an AA Filter?

This question is from most recent release of Nikon's new version, the Nikon D5300. In one review, D5200 vs D5300, it says the the D5200 has an AA Filter. What is an AA Filter? What are its specific ...
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Can an Optical Low Pass Filter be applied via a lens filter?

I constantly see references to video being the application where an Optical Low Pass Filter is most useful, but it seems that still images do best without one. Would it be possible to then have a ...
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Theory of Variable Neutral Filter [duplicate]

I know what an ND filter does. I know what a polarizer does. I also know what two polarizers stacked together and rotated properly do. I also know that two polarizers are not the best solution. My ...
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How and should I clean a single fingerprint off a filter?

I purchased a ND 1024x B&W filter and it arrived with a small fingerprint near the perimeter of the filter. Should I clean it or just leave it as cleaning would do more harm than its presence? ...
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Polarizing filter [duplicate]

I am new in photography. I am planning to buy a "Polarizing filter" for my lens. Actually, I know very little about this filter. So, I am not sure, does it really necessary to take good color ...
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Do I need a polarising filter?

A friend of mine who has a lot more knowledge than me regarding photography says that I should use a polarizing filter on my lens as that will protect it from sunlight and prevent it from getting ...
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Effective filters for daytime landscape photography?

I do landscape photography, mostly shooting at dawn or dusk, but I never shoot during the day, the light is just too harsh. I've got a single polarizer and a few ND grads, but nothing else. What ...
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Will this adapter ring let me share filters between my lenses?

I have two lenses with 77m and 72mm filter sizes.I want to buy a ND filter of 77m .If I buy the adapter in below will I be able to use the same filter with my lens with 72 mm filter ring? Adapter ...
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How many filters can you stack?

The rental store only has 16X (4-stop) ND Filters, and I'd ideally like to get at least 8-10 stops of filtration. How many filters can I stack on top of one another before the image starts to ...
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What's the result of stacking ND filters in terms of total stops?

If you stack two 3-stop neutral density filters, does it reduce the exposure by 6 stops or 9 stops?
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Homogeneity of a filter, when does it matter?

I read a review of circular polarizing filters in www.lenstip.com and one of the tests is to judge the homogeneity of the filters. Quote from the test explanation page: Homogeneity is a ...
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How do I keep a polarising filter from coming loose?

I've got a certain lens + filter combination that won't work well together. My polarising filter keeps coming loose when I rotate it. Is there a trick to keeping it attached, like putting something ...
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How to clean a wet filter?

I recently bought a few expensive filters (100x100mm / 100x150mm). After a session of shooting in the beach the filters got wet, one from a splash and the other seems to be a bit wet because of the ...
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How to remove overexposure with analog filter [closed]

I'm not talking about photography in this question, I hope not to be in the wrong place but I think here someone can give me good ideas. I'm working on some videos for computer vision tasks. The ...
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Are polarizing filters as useful on normal lenses as they are on wide-angle lenses?

I have seen people using Polarizing filters on many wide angle lenses. Is it worth using a Polarizing Filter on a 40mm 2.8f STM Pancake lens or any other prime lens?
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How to whiten the yellow light of a poorly illuminated picture?

I had some poor lighting during a photo shoot (amateur) and ended up with pictures like the ones below. Is there any easy way in Lightroom to correct and whiten the lights in these kind of pictures? ...
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Do I need a slim or normal polarized filter for a Tokina 11-16mm wide angle lens?

I have a Canon T3i body and I recently bought the Tokina wide angle lens for landscape and astro-photography. I am looking to buy a polarizing filter, but I'm not sure if I should get the slim or the ...
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How does one create this vintage look?

What program would I need or manual adjustments in order to create a photo like this? What is this filter called? I typically use Aperture as my editing program but would be open to using others.
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What does “frequency” mean in an image?

I don't understand how frequencies are defined in images/photographs. As far as I understand it now, high frequencies are like sharp things in images, like edges or so, and low frequencies are kind of ...
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Is there a correct order to stack Neutral Density with a Circular Polariser filter?

I like stacking ND and CP filters and I never really payed attention to the order I stack them. I was just reading a "professional hint" on the LEE website where it states that " the Polariser must ...
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What is causing this extreme glossy effect when using a polarizing filter?

I have noted a few times at car shows and events when processing my images that some have what i can only call an extreme gloss effect - OK this car was shiny, but the image looks very striking and ...
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Are these ghost light spots and vertical grain indication that my scratched polarizer is ruined?

Earlier, I unfortunately dropped my polarizer. There doesn't seem to be any damage save for a light scratch which I've uncovered only after a very thorough inspection. Nonetheless, I'm worried that ...
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How to protect my D7100 on holiday / at sea?

I have a Nikon D7100 (which does seem to suggest it has weather proofing), the stock lens (18-105), and the 35mm DX f1.8G prime lens. All are transported in weather proof carry cases. I currently ...
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How can I defocus part of an image in-camera separate from depth of field effects?

What physical tools (lenses/filters/etc) can be used to blur a part of an image whilst taking the photo. (I don't mean software filters in post-processing, and I want to blur selective areas ...