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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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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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How do Cokin and Lee filter systems compare to each other?

Is there any material difference between Cokin and Lee filter systems? I'm looking for a limited range of filters - ND, Grad ND and Polariser - for use with a Sigma 10-20 Wide angle lens on a Nikon ...
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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 ...
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What are the real-life benefits of B+W's MRC?

My 24-105L is in the mail, and I'm looking for a filter to protect the front element. I've decided to go with B+W since they seem to have the best quality to match my L lens. I've narrowed it down to ...
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Will Cokin-Z and HiTech 100mmx150mm filters fit on a Lee Holder?

I have a bunch of Cokin Z and HiTech filters. I may be able to get my hands on a Lee Foundation Kit. Would these filters fit into the Lee?
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How to clean a lens filter?

What's the best way to clean a lens filter? I bought a used lens that came with a filter. The lens is in great shape but the filter clearly has smudges and streaks across the front. Am I better ...
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How to clean a circular polarizing filter filter?

Having some problems here guys. I have a 67mm Marumi CPL, which I have used for quite a long time. I keep it clean with a blower and some microfiber. However, until yesterday, I didn't notice some ...
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Is the the screw thread of a filter regulated by some standard?

Is the the screw thread of a filter regulated by some standard? I am talking about round filter. For example, is the ISO metric screw thread standard applicable?
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What is the purpose of graduated color filters?

I think I understand Graduated Neutral Density Filters, however, what are the purpose and how do you use Graduated Color Filters? (IE Red, Yellow, Blue, etc) And Are they worth it?
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How can I avoid a strange lens flare at bright lights when using UV filter?

I have a Panasonic Lumix GF1 with the kit 20mm f/1.7 lens. I put a UV filter on it (this one: http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B00004ZCJE/ref=oss_product), simply as protection for the glass. I'm ...
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Will a variable neutral density filter produce similar results to a fixed neutral density filter?

I've decided to look at experimenting with neutral density filters and I found this variable neutral density filter on Amazon here in the UK. It's a lot cheaper than buying a set of filters of ...
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Whats the difference between Singh-Ray Vari-ND and cheap Fader-ND filters?

I think the Singh-Ray Vari-ND variable ND filter sounds great, but is really expensive. There are way cheaper variable ND filters from some chinese sites. I wonder: are the cheap ones worth the ...
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Do rented lenses usually come with cheap filters attached?

I got the Pentax smc DA★ 200mm f/2.8 ED (IF) SDM from an online camera gear rental company as part of the Photography Stack Exchange Lending Library experiment. (Thanks, Stack Exchange!) This is a ...
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What considerations are there when buying a polarising filter?

I have an Olympus EPL1 with two lenses: the micro 4/3rds 14-42mm and the 4/3rds 40-150mm. At the beach today, I could see the sea creatures in the rock pools but couldn't take a picture of them. The ...
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What type of camera setup is required to take photos of luciferase?

I'm working with luciferase which has a wavelength of blue 480 nm and I want to be able to take a photo of it. The trouble is, I can see the luciferase glowing in all of its glory in front of me but ...
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What filters should I get for mountain landscape photography?

I'm visiting the mountains of La Plagne in France. I'm hoping to get some nice photographs of the snow covered mountains while I'm there. I'm thinking of getting some filters for to use with my Cokin ...
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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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Is it worth buying an expensive CPL filter over an e-bay cheap one?

I have already got a circular polarizer filter (CPL) filter for my canon EF-S 18-55mm and it is working fine, although the quality goes down a bit compared to when I don't have the filter on, but its ...
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Is it possible to use a polarizer and a ND filter at the same time?

Is is possible to use two filters (one polarizing and one ND) at the same time on a 18-55 kit lens from Canon. I am new to photography and wanted to work with filters. Do you suggest me buy these ...
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77mm UV filter - which one to get? [duplicate]

Possible Duplicate: How to shop for a lens filter? After deliberating for a long time, which ultra wide lens to get for my Nikon D90 I will go for the Tokina 11-16mm, which I have found for ...
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What filter should I use to avoid overly-whitened daylight images?

What filter should I use to avoid whitened images (blown highlights) caused by intense daylight? At the moment I am only using an UV Filter, but it doesn't solve the whole problem. I am a newbie in ...
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Screw-in or square filters in the field?

I currently carry a circular polarizer and a screw-in 4X ND with me in the field. I've decided it's time to upgrade my filters, because there are too many times when I really need an 8X ND (or more) ...
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What type of filters should I get for high sunny conditions?

I'm planning a trip in Sri Lanka and Maldives Islands next month. In such sunny conditions, I would like to buy filters for a Pentax K20-D, to be able to take pictures of the sea, the beach, etc. (but ...
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What is the difference between using an ND filter versus 2 polarizers?

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. So the question: why should I use an ND filter to achieve a ...
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“Grown Graphic” filters - legit or fakes?

I went to buy a Nikon lens here in China for my D5100 and the salesman tried to talk me into buying a protective filter by "Grown Graphic". My scam-radar lit up for two reasons: this is China there ...