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bradf
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« on: December 23, 2009, 09:56:05 PM »
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Many thanks for all previous advice - and Merry Christmas to everybody.
Finally managed some shots on the water this morning in full sunshine with my 500D with 18-200mm f3.5-5.6 IS. The shots look quite good, however, I suspect I should be using a polarized filter ??
What is a UV filter for ?
Assuming you recommend the polarized than is a Hoya OK and if so do I get the CPL or pay more for the Pro1 Digital CPL, or even more for the Super HMC CPL ??
I know you usually get what you pay for but whats realistic for my current set-up ?
Thanks everybody,
bradf
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« Reply #1 on: December 24, 2009, 01:14:24 AM »
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Many thanks for all previous advice - and Merry Christmas to everybody.
Finally managed some shots on the water this morning in full sunshine with my 500D with 18-200mm f3.5-5.6 IS. The shots look quite good, however, I suspect I should be using a polarized filter ??
What is a UV filter for ?
Assuming you recommend the polarized than is a Hoya OK and if so do I get the CPL or pay more for the Pro1 Digital CPL, or even more for the Super HMC CPL ??
I know you usually get what you pay for but whats realistic for my current set-up ?
Thanks everybody,
bradf

Sometimes.  They enhance the profit margin of the store.  Hoya HD polarizers are nice.  Good filters are expensive.
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« Reply #2 on: December 24, 2009, 01:20:50 AM »
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Brad:  You might be interested in this page: http://singhray.blogspot.com/  Singh Ray makes great filters, but they are expensive.  Still the knowledge is free...

Mike.
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« Reply #3 on: December 24, 2009, 01:58:57 AM »
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Finally managed some shots on the water this morning in full sunshine with my 500D with 18-200mm f3.5-5.6 IS. The shots look quite good, however, I suspect I should be using a polarized filter ??
On water, it may cut reflections and that is often needed, yes.

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What is a UV filter for ?
See DarkPenguin's answer.

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Assuming you recommend the polarized than is a Hoya OK and if so do I get the CPL or pay more for the Pro1 Digital CPL, or even more for the Super HMC CPL ??
See http://www.lenstip.com/115.1-article-Polar...lters_test.html for a bit of background on these... In a few words, it depends.
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« Reply #4 on: December 25, 2009, 04:10:16 AM »
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Hi Brad, and happy Christmas to you too.

You might find this article on Polarizers useful.

As far as I can see the main function of a UV Filter is to protect the front element of your lens.

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