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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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Is a Celestron telescope filter useful for photography?

I've recently found out about Celestron filters such as this one, which are meant to be used for telescopes, not cameras, but I would love to see examples of photos taken through these filters if ...
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UV filter stuck on lens [duplicate]

Just bought an expensive Nisi UV filter, screw it in on my lens, and now I can not take it off... Why these things happen with almost every filter? Any suggestions how can I take it off without ...
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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 Rodenstock filters compare to B+W, Heliopan, and Hoya HD?

I am looking for a good filter for my 67mm thread lens. I have good experience with the Hoya 8Layer HD cir-pol filter and I really like that it is not as dark as other filters, but it is very ...
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How to fix dent in B+W circular polarizing filter?

I own a 77mm B+W Nano Kaesemann Circular Polarizer with Multi-Resistant Coating. It has a small dent in the rim that makes turning it difficult. Can this be repaired, and if so, where? Thanks.
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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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Can I desaturate incoming light using a filter or series of filters mounted to the lens?

I've got a very difficult shot coming up. I'm photographing moonlight on a country meadow. I do not want to do post work. I need to do everything real time (for reasons too long to get into, there is ...
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How can I mount 1.25" filters on a webcam?

I have a webcam-like camera with a CMOS sensor and a C-mount type. And there are some filters used in astronomy that have a diameter of 1.25" type. There is adapters of course between those two mount ...
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While stacking filters, can polarizing filter be placed behind ND filters?

I have a ND filter (10-stop, 100mmX100mm square size) with a filter holder. The filter holder (similar to LEE or Formatt-Hitech holders) connects to the camera with a screw-in adapter (77mm and ...
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Non standard enlarger filter holder

I got a set of 15x15cm (6x6in) enlarger filters which I (obviously) didn't think to check if they would fit my enlarger (Lucky, Japanese brand) The holder itself is about 11x11cm but the area inside ...
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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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Gel circular polarising filter

I am contemplating buying a lens that only takes rear gel filters. Is it possible to buy a circular polarising filter in gel format? If so, who can supply them (preferably UK based)?
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What are the outer dimensions of the adapter rings for Cokin Z/Lee filter holders

I was wondering if someone could tell me the outer diameter of the adapter rings for the Cokin Z or Lee 100mm filter holders. I am trying to adapt a Matte Box that someone has given me, that appears ...
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What is the difference between UV and Skylight filters?

I was used to put a Skylight filter to protect my lens, but last time the shop assistant recommended me to use a UV filter instead for Digital SLR. I though they were the same, only different in ...
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what is the camera filter used to correct daylight balanced sources to tungsten-balanced film?

what is the camera filter used to correct tungsten light sources for daylight balanced film? what is the camera filter used to correct daylight balanced sources to tungsten-balanced film?
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How can I keep lens filters and other attachments from sticking on the lens?

Is there anything that can be used to keep filters/lenses/adjustment ring threads from sticking in the first place?
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Is there a way to replicate the look of Allen-Khondji Midnight in Paris and To Rome With Love?

I was wondering is there a way to achieve the look of Woody Allen's films Midnight in Paris and To Rome With Love, for which the director of photography was the Iranian-French cinematographer Darius ...
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Does the order matter in filter stacking?

Suppose I want to shoot a bright location inside, with a shallow DOF, where the temperature is very warm, and on film. Easy, I just grab my ND and 80A filters. Now what? Do I put my ND filter on ...
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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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Re create existing filter from example

I'm new here, have been reading around for weeks and would like to ask a question myself now. Yesterday a friend showed me these photos. I'm really charmed by the effect/filter used and am trying to ...
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What Singh Ray filter combo should I use for very long exposure coastline and landscape photos?

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 to filter non-ultraviolet portions of the EM spectrum on a camera (Eg, needing a UV pass filter)?

I am assembling a project wherein I will be using a full spectrum camera that captures from around 250nm on up into infrared. My goal is to primarily work within the lower wavelength (ultraviolet) / ...
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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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What kind of filter (if any) should I use when photographing a theater scene?

I want to take photos of a theater scene. I usually use a UV filter for nature photography, but what about a theater scene in a saloon with a dark environment? Is there any specific filter for these ...
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What should I look for in an infrared filter?

I'm looking to get myself an infrared filter to put in front of my lens. The cheaper ones all have nm counts (like 720nm, 950nm, 1000nm, and the way I understand this, the thicker, the better), but ...
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Polarizing filter causing soft, hazy shots?

I'm having a problem with a polarizing filter that's I've used for years. I have a Nikon D7000 w/18-200mm lens. I keep a UV filter on the lens, and on occasion I add a circular polarizer, which just ...
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Are UV filters required for shooting film?

I know that digital sensors have filters that filter out UV and IR light and thus do not require UV filters, but what about film? Are IR or UV filters required when shooting film?
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What filter is best for mid-day beach photography?

I will be taking many beach shots mostly at mid-day 10:00 am to 4pm. what filter(s) will best help in this case to boost the quality of the resulting images? From the little i know my options are... ...
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What effect does a 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? I seem ...
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Can I use old filters from SLR film cameras on newer DSLR cameras?

I have access to a vast collection of old filters from 20-30 years ago (for Canon cameras if it makes any difference). Can I use them on new DSLR cameras? I have searched a lot to find an answer for ...
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Will I be able to mount hood over my UV filter?

I have recently bought Canon EOS 600D and I want to buy a UV filter to give extra protection to my EF-S 18-55 IS II. And I additionaly want to buy a lens hood as well. Will I be able to use both ...
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What's the name of this effect / how can i mimic this? (photo editing question)

Does anyone know the name of this effect? Or how I could reproduce it? I can use adobe photoshop CC, no problem. Thank you in advance :)
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How do I use filters that came with my mirror lens?

I have searched for this but because I don't know what I'm looking for I cannot be sure how to use these. (I can search for "why I'd want to") A mirror lens I purchased has come with 3 filter ...
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How can I achieve a color grading like in this photo?

I really like the effect from this photo and I know it's color grading, but I wanted your opinion on how I can get the same effect. The photo is available on this link. (The website is The Chriselle ...
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Can I photograph a solar eclipse using a 10-stop Big Stopper (+ extra ND?)

Will a 10-stop ND filter (Big Stopper) allow me to photograph a solar eclipse? I read in another post here that solar filters are around 14-stops - presumably I would need around this strength even ...
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How can I photograph only light from my IR source even in the presence of other light?

The setup I hope to achieve would be some filter/illumination system that will allow me to pick up infrared light from some illumination source (IR LED ring or similar) and only light from that ...
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What is the difference between cheaper and more expensive ND filters?

Recently been interested in landscape photography and about to go on a trip with plenty of opportunities to get some good shots. I really want to get some nd filters but cant afford to get the more ...
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How can I recreate the Instagram Filter “Slumber”?

I am trying to recreate the Slumber filter of Instagram, but I am stuck at a certain point. Below you can see the Instagram, the original and my edited file. It seems like I am missing one important ...
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Cokin Z Pro filter holder causes vignetting at 18 mm on Nikkon 18-35. Any solutions?

My Cokin z pro holder causes vignetting at 18 mm on my Nikon 18-35 mm and the problem is accentuated if I have to screw it on top of a polarizer. Anyone else had this problem or have any solutions? I ...
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What causes this weird angled glowing blur around lights on my low light shots?

I've been trying to figure out why this is happening for a few weeks. When I take pictures, usually during evening times when the sun starts to set and the street lights come on, I see this weird ...
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Where or how to get exposed, developed colour film to use as a filter for infrared photography?

I was told that exposed developed colour film can be used to block visible light for infra-red photography. Where can I get some of this, or can I do it myself? I have a roll of 400 ASP colour film ...
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What are the best methods you have found for attaching filters to unthreaded lens tubes?

This one is for the resident mad scientists. I think the MagFilter is a pretty neat concept. Being more interested in other filters, though, I'd like to hear about methods other people have used to ...
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What do I need to know about using a polarizing filter at night?

I am into night photography, and am looking at buying a polarizing filter. What particular advantages and challenges are there to using a polarizing filter at night? reflections from light on ...
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Which is the correct filter size for Canon SX30 IS?

I bought the Canon SX30is last week. I want to buy a filter for that. Can you suggest to me which is the better filter for that? I read lots of reviews on that — there is confusion about 52mm UV ...
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What is the difference between a step-up and a step-down ring?

What is the difference between a step-up and a step-down ring? I want to put a large diameter filter on a small diameter lens. Do I need a step-up ring or a step-down one?
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Does stacking more lens filters decrease overall image quality?

As stated by @t3mujin in another thread's comments: Stacking filters will decrease image quality, as it's another piece of glass light has to go through before reaching the sensor. I was ...
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Is there a disadvantage to step-up rings? [duplicate]

I am completely new to using filters, and I would like to buy a polarizer. Unfortunately, the four lenses I have all have different filter thread sizes: 77 (wide), 67 (telephoto), 62 and 52 mm ones. ...
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What kind of LR or PS filters are used in these photos?

I came across a very nice architectural images and tried to figure out the development process. No luck so far to reach this nice level. Any suggestions?
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How much flare should I expect with a Hoya HMC Filter?

After I did some review comparison (especially this one) I bought a 67mm Hoya HMC filter. Then I took some comparison pictures. Do you think the flare is within the acceptable range?