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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 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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Why the trend of faded vintage photography?

I know it has been years as I google on faded photography. However, none seems to mention about the hype of this effect. Does faded photography create positive moods? Photography having vibrant ...
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How do I rig up a color filter for my Sigma 8-16mm Ultrawide?

I am a bit confused... I'm not sure if the cokin system will work on my lens, as my lens doesn't have threads for a filter. I've found that placing a Z series cokin filter in front of the lens will ...
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Need advice on ND filters [duplicate]

I need to take a 2-minute exposure shot of a landscape scene on a regular sunny day at, let's say, f/4.5. I suppose I'll need to use ND filters for this purpose, but how do I figure out how many ...
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How can I reduce the effect of sodium vapor street lights in night photography?

I would like to light buildings at night using torches etc. How do I reduce the sodium light (street light ) that is cast on it. Can I reduce it with a filter and if so which one?
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Help me choose a Singh Ray filter combo!

I'm really interested in long exposure photography and will be shooting the coastline in the Pacific Northwest, plus landscapes mostly in Colorado. I have absolutely settled on Singh Ray filters as ...
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How do I find the filter size for Sigma lenses?

I know that my Nikon lens takes a 52mm filter size, however I also have two other lenses but they are Sigma lenses and don't have the mark to find the size for filters. How do I find the filter size ...
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Which filters will fit Voigtlander 15mm?

I recently got myself Voigtlander Super Wide-Heliar 15mm/4.5 lens, which I enjoy shooting a lot. It has built-in lens hood with filter threads and manual says it's fitted with 52mm filter threads. I ...
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Hour long exposure of the sun

I'm attempting to do a shot without causing damage to my camera...A hour long exposure of a sunset. I've have used two pieces of welder's glass and got this shot. It caused a purple haze over a good ...
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how to use a circular polarizing filter [duplicate]

I am testing out a B+W 49mm Circular Polarizer filter, but there is no marking, or indication where the starting position supposed to be. If the filter is supposed to be turned to turn polarization ...
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Should I expect better results from more expensive variable ND filters? [duplicate]

To be able to make videos, I purchased inexpensive ($25) Bower FN72 and FN58 filters. While I haven't expected anything great from inexpensive filters, the result was below my expectations, so I ...
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Why does the use of multiple filters create vignetting?

Recently I have had vignetting problem with my Sigma 18-200mm f/3.5-6.3 DC OS HSM (72mm) After checking, it is specified in the manual that one should not use multiple filters or thick filter (as ...
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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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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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Are there reasons to use colour filters with digital cameras?

Digital photos can have colour filters applied after the fact by software, so are there any good reasons to use colour filters with a digital camera? As I understand it, the main reason for them ...
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Do I need a filter to use my Canon EOS 60Da for daylight photography?

Which filter do I need for the 60Da to use it in normal daytime use? Apparently I need a IR filter. Could someone please explain exactly which one I need and perhaps a link to a place I can buy one? ...
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What was done to this photo to get a surreal tone of pastel-like purples and blues?

What effects were applied to this photo, and do they have a name? Is the procedure called something specific? I notice a lot of photos from this photographer have this effect of slightly pastel-ish ...
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Which ND filter should I get for daytime bokeh-effect on video?

I wanna shoot video on a sunny day with a 1/50 shutter speed and f/1.8 (for a bokeh effect). I'm wondering what ND filter rating should I get in order to not over or underexpose the video. Could you ...
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Will filters help me get better colors in my digital photographs of my paintings?

Will filters help me get more accurate color when photographing my paintings? I have problems especially with reds and especially if there are no strong contrasting colors in a red painting.
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Can I measure the Wratten Number of a Filter?

I bought a cheap set of no-name color filters, for use in Black & White photography. Unfortunately, there are no Wratten numbers on them. In the comments, one person gives the exposure numbers he ...
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How to clean a multi-coated filter and not damage it?

I have recently purchased a Hoya ND400 multi-coated filter and took it out for some shooting. I accidentally got a fingerprint on it and decided to clean it with my microfiber cloth. Unfortunately, ...
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Can I buy Samyang 14mm filter holder in North America?

In January Samyang announced a dedicated Samyang 14mm filter holder but for some strange reason it is only available in Europe. Does anyone know if it can be purchased in Canada or the US? Does a ...
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Should I buy filters or step down adapters for multiple lenses? [duplicate]

Following my question about doing B/W, I ended up buying a Nikon N80 with a third party lens (28-90mm, 55mm diameter). I also have a Nikon 50mm f/1.8 Series E lens, which is 52mm. From what I ...
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Any reason not to use a 72mm CPOL filter with a 62mm step down ring?

I'm new to filters. I am considering buying a circular polarising filter. I would probably want to use it most on my Nikkor AF-S 24-70 f3.5-4.5 VR, which has a 72mm thread and by Nikkor 20mm f2.8 ...
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Does a filter exist to color-correct color negatives when copying them with a DSLR?

This question and other internet sources propose using a DSLR with a macro lens to rapidly copy negatives and slides. Copying color negatives, however, seems to be a challenge because the color tint ...
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Usefulness of a Broken Polarizing Filter

I picked up my camera bag a few days ago, which was not zipped shut. Out fell two of my lenses. In the process I broke the focus motor on one lens and cracked a Hoya HD polarizing filter on the other ...
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How do I create a nighttime B&W image but have the subject illuminated by light in full color?

I am trying to do something difficult. I am trying to create a nighttime black and white image, of a man walking down a road. I need the road and scenery to be B&W, but the man illuminated by a ...
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Should I go digital or analog for B/W on a budget?

I would like to try out photography in Black and White, specifically because it just has an awesome contrast and makes the motive "pop" in a certain way that color just detracts from (or maybe I have ...
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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 effect does UV filter provide?

I know that I should always use a filter on my lens to protect the camera lens, however, exactly what impact to the picture does using a UV filter have since that is the one most often used? Do I ...
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Why are my results with a variable neutral density filter poor?

I bought a inexpensive variable neutral density filter, this ND2-ND400 variety. I wasn't expecting a whole lot because of the very low price point, but I think I'm either using it incorrectly or my ...
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UV Filter Coating

I am using a Hoya UV Filter which the coating is inside the filter, not outside. I have today noticed that there is a small failure in the coating which is very small but annoying. My question is, ...
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Do UV filters serve any other purpose on modern lenses other than to protect them? [duplicate]

Are camera sensors sensitive to UV light? I thought that all modern cameras have UV protection 'built in'. Do UV filters serve any purpose nowadays other than protecting the lens from dirt, ...
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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 ...