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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. Use "effect" or "post-processing" for software-based "digital filters".

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Shifting the range of an IR camera?

I have a FLIR One IR camera. Works fantastic, but it does top out at 100ºC. Are there filters available that filter a set amount of IR energy to effectively shift the range of sensitivity? I.e. ...
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Why does my Yongnuo variable ND filter (ND2-400) have 13 markings on it for 9 stops?

ND2 is 1 stop and ND 400 is about 8 2/3 stop. So the first marking is ND2 follow by ND4, ND8, ND16, ND32, ND64, ND100, ND256, and ND400. There should only be 9 marking on the ring. But there are 13 ...
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Help me choose cheap ND filters that does good/not bad quality [closed]

I am going to shoot long expo rivers and waterfalls, I have no ND filter yet. I am researching now and I was adviced to use ND-64 for the best result. As I see on amazon there are some different ...
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Can lens filters be use in point and shoot cameras?

I have a Canon sx520 hs. I wanted to know whether I can use lens filters like a UV protector or the one that blurs the background?
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What are the different naming schemes for ND filters and how can they be read / compared? [duplicate]

I have never used filters before, and I'm interested in doing some long exposure shots with ND filters. However, I'm confused as there seem to be a couple of different naming schemes/conventions ...
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Where can I find (plastic) IR-cut filter material?

Is there any supplier of IR cut filter material? I.e., material that will block IR as opposed to allowing it to pass through? Preferably plastic, as I would like to be able to cut and shape it as ...
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Can you temporarily make an infrared digital camera “normal” again?

I have this great digital Sony NEX camera that was converted to shoot infrared photos. Sometimes I wonder if I could revert it to taking "normal" pictures with the use of a filter. I just started ...
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95mm circular polarizer: B+W, Sigma, or other?

I'm looking for a high quality circular polarizing filter to fit a Sigma 150-600 zoom lens with a 95mm diameter, and the options at this size seem somewhat limited. Notably, the Hoya Pro1 CPL that's ...
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what B+W 77mm HTC Kaesemann Circular Polarizer with Multi-Resistant Coating by Schneider Optics [closed]

I have a Nikon D500 and wanted to purchase a 18-200mm lens to go on safari and wanted to purchase a circular polarizer filter for the lens, but do not know which one to buy and if I needed anything ...
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Why is the IR filter present when there is already the Bayer filter on an image sensor?

I have been trying to remove the Bayer filter from the CCD image sensor of my camera. Now I see there's an IR filter before the lens, however I don't understand the point of it because isn't the Bayer ...
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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 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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Circular polarizing filter - slim or regular? [duplicate]

I have a Canon EOS 550D. Right now I only have some standard lenses, and I'm looking to buy a Tokina AT-X 116 Pro DX II 11-16mm F/2.8. (I love landscape photography and photography in nature in ...
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Do lens gel holders exist?

I own a Nikon D80 with Tamron 18-200mm lens. I'm looking to experiment with using colored gels like these Rosco ones but am not sure what type of holder I could use to hold the gel in place (I've ...
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What are the thinnest 81A and 85C filters?

I usually use Hoya and Tiffen 81A and 85C filters for my slide work. They work well with all my lenses except with my Nikon 20mm f/4, which vignettes. I know that Nikon filters are thinner and work ...
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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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What filters should I buy for landscape photography? limited budget

I am looking to get some ND filters for landscape photography but am totally confused on what is best to get. I have a budget of around £100 but am firstly confused whether I would be better off with ...
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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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How can I get a fade-to-white vignette with Polaroid film?

I want to try and recreate a filter effect similar to this. It's a partial nude, so potentially NSFW: http://3.bp.blogspot.com/-zWtPvzfTE9I/T2752kGAH-I/AAAAAAAAADQ/WYKtq1lfLmE/s640/scan012.jpg (The ...
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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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Pros and cons of circular polarizer filter vs a linear one [duplicate]

There are some similar questions like What is the difference between a linear and a circular polarizer? but I am thinking of a comprehensive list of the pros and cons of the two types of filters. For ...
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Circular Polarizing filter in different lenses. Whether to use adapters or buy new filters?

I have the following lenses Canon 18-55 (filter ring size 58mm) Canon 55-250 (filter ring size 58mm) Sigma 35mm (filter ring size 67mm) Canon 10-22 (filter ring size 77mm) Canon 50mm (filter ring size ...
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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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How to photograph small aircraft interior?

I want to make a poster. Can you give some tips for getting a great shot of my aircraft instrument panel? How to filter it, light it, reduce reflections and glare from glass bezels? I have a Nikon ...
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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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How can I take a long-time exposure of water without a grey filter?

I would like to take some long-time exposure images from rivers and lakes, but I do not own a grey filter. That results in overexposed images, up to complete white images. Thus two questions: How can ...
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How do I get dust particles out from between the layers of my polarizer filter for my camera

I have an expensive Hoya anti-static polarizer filter. There is dust/spots between the two pieces of lens. How do I get them out???
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What ISO setting to use with R72 Filter?

I am experimenting with shooting on infrared film for the first time. I have IR B&W Rollei 400 ISO film, Canon AE-1 camera, 28 mm wide lens, Hoya R72 filter. Would I set my camera to 400 ISO or ...
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Polarizing filter: question regarding quality [duplicate]

I can buy a Vivitar brand polarizing filter from Walmart for less than $13, or I can buy a different brand from a photo store in the range of $60 to up over a $100. Instinct tells me that the Vivitar ...
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How do I choose a polarizer?

It was suggested that I should get myself a polarizer filter to get over my reflection problem. ( How to avoid reflection when taking a picture of a ceramic object with a shiny glaze? ) I found out ...
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Is it safe to walk around with the Square Filter and Holder in? Not in tripod

I read this really terrific Q&A about them: Screw-in or square filters in the field? I really want to get an ND filter because of how versatile it would be but think I'd rather get the Square ...
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Lens or Filter to Blur Thermal Camera Images

I know this question sounds weird, but I am looking for some kind of lens or filter to blur the images taken by a thermal camera. I don't need to blur a specific part of an image, just a blur ...
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Bright image with infrared D3s and cap on (image included)

I have a D3s with no infrared filter (it has been removed). When I take dark images in high ISO with body cap on and covered in a wrap (so no light gets in), and no lens mounted, the images are not ...
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Which suits better for hobby usage: extension tubes vs. close-up filter?

I am looking to do a little macro work, but am not ready to invest in a macro lens. For hobby work like photographing flowers and such would it be better to invest in a set of extension tubes or in a ...
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Telescope Solar Filters to fit Canon Lenses

I am planning on photographing an upcoming partial solar eclipse here in Singapore but I'm having trouble finding solar filters for the lenses I will be using. I have a Canon EF 500mm f4/L IS II USM ...
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Why are filters only added to the front of the lens and not the back, too (or even the camera)?

I see how some filters have to be attached to the front of the lens, because they require some amount of interaction, like a graduated neutral density or circular polariser filter. But what about the ...
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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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What can I put inside a 39mm gel holder?

Context So I have a 39mm gel holder for my Nikon 300 f4. AF lens. Question What can I put inside it? It doesn't look like a normal filter will work.
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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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Quickly Move A Circular Polariser Between Lenses

I have sausage fingers and often shoot in cold and wind. I have a 77mm circular polariser and rings that I leave on my lenses that step them up to 77mm. I find screwing and unscrewing the polariser an ...
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Is there a trick to use the correct NDx filter? [duplicate]

I have 3 ND (neutral density) with values of 2, 4 and 8. I know these filters remove light levels, but I don't know when I have to use each filter. Thanks for your time!
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Circular polarizer works great at shorter focal lengths, but significantly degrades the image at longer lengths. Why?

I bought a cheap CP recently to play around with, and noticed an interesting phenomenon: Using it with my 24mm lens on full-frame, images turn out tack-sharp - there is hardly any difference in ...
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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?
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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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Is my CPL faulty?

I recently a got a CPL filter for my camera. It is manufactured by a company called Massa. I tired playing around with it but never figured it out. The only thing it is does is make my photo yellowish....
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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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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 is the difference between a linear and a circular polarizer?

When I bought my polarizer, a friend told me that I should get a circular one, because the linear ones can mess with the autofocus. Is this true? What should each be used for?
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Will polarizing filter or UV filter address those reflections?

I shot it in the old tenement house, against the light going through the window. I was able to avoid the reflections when shooting with a less of the window in the frame, but when trying to show more ...
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Are neutral density ratings in 1/3 stops or are they really in 0.3 stops? [duplicate]

I have a set of neutral density filters that are rated as .3, .6, and .9 stops. Are they actually multiples of 0.3, or are they really multiples of 1/3? For example 1/3, 2/3, and 1 stop? If I stack ...