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Jul 04, 2011 19:18 |  #1

Yeah, "budget" and "filter" shouldn't exactly belong in the same sentence.. but just curious to see what everyone's budget is for their lenses (whether for cheap kit 18-55mm or for your 17-55mm f/2.8, etc...)


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Jul 04, 2011 19:37 |  #2

what are you trying to accomplish with the filter?


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Jul 04, 2011 19:39 |  #3

UV, CPL , ND?????????????


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Jul 04, 2011 19:49 |  #4

What filter are you talking about?

Right now I have a B+W f-pro MRC uv filter on my two main lenses. They are about $65 a piece. I bought them as "protection" but the more I have to take them off to use my polarizer the more I find myself just wanting to leave them in the bag and only put them on if I'm shooting in sandy areas wheres it's windy. They are nice and not expensive. When I first got them I actually thought there was no glass because of how clear it was

My polarizer is a B+W MRC circular polarizer which is about $135. Works great, does what it's meant to do so no complaints.

My ND and Grad ND filters are HiTech with a cokin P-size holder. They are about $40 for the filters. Not as high quality as lee but better then Cokin. Here I do see myself possibly upgrading in the future to a lee 4x4 filters.

Edit: the lenses I use my filters on are a sigma 17-70 f2.8-4 os and a canon 70-200 f4L is




  
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Jul 04, 2011 19:56 |  #5

probably basic UV - basically a filter to protect the front element of the lens. i doubt i see myself using a CPL, and are ND's really used that often?


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Jul 04, 2011 19:58 |  #6

AkumaX wrote in post #12704699 (external link)
probably basic UV - basically a filter to protect the front element of the lens. i doubt i see myself using a CPL, and are ND's really used that often?

in that case...nothing...it's the cheapest, and best quality :)


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Jul 04, 2011 20:01 |  #7

To actually answer the question, Hoya HMC and Marumi DHG are probably the cheapest decent options.




  
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Jul 04, 2011 20:15 as a reply to  @ Bokehlicious's post |  #8

Either get Hoya, B+W quality. Or don't use any and make sure to get a Hood.

Getting cheap "decent" filters will degrade the quality. I mean, even high quality ones are better off unless it makes you feel better to have a filter on for the sake of "protection".

For me, I have B+W on just because I have paranoia of dirt getting into it and when cleaning might scratch the front elements lol


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Jul 04, 2011 20:25 |  #9

Sugest using a hood and no filter. If you really want to use a UV filter you are going to have to spend money for a good one. Do not use a cheap filter if you care about IQ. Probably the cheapest good filter would be the Marnumi DHG as previously mentioned.


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Jul 04, 2011 20:32 |  #10

zero, when you want a cheap filter, spit on the lens and rub it around.




  
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Jul 04, 2011 20:47 as a reply to  @ rick_reno's post |  #11

Hoya and B w...read below

http://lenstip.com …_results_and_su​mmary.html (external link)




  
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Jul 04, 2011 20:54 |  #12

DreDaze wrote in post #12704703 (external link)
in that case...nothing...it's the cheapest, and best quality :)

+1

Best filter to protect the front of the lens is a lens hood.




  
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Jul 04, 2011 21:04 |  #13

harcosparky wrote in post #12704870 (external link)
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Best filter to protect the front of the lens is a lens hood.

I don't know, I am headed to the beach this weekend, salt spray, sand and wind, how does the lens hood help?
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Jul 04, 2011 21:25 as a reply to  @ mark2009's post |  #14

I have a cheapo Rocketfish UV filter I use on my 17-55mm inside the hood when I am in harsh environs. I took a bunch of shots with and without it, and I couldn't detect anything unfavorable, even when diffing the shots in Photoshop (and I'm a fairly picky pixel peeper). It might cause problems aimed towards the sun without the hood in place, but not under any normal conditions.


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Jul 04, 2011 21:35 |  #15

harcosparky wrote in post #12704870 (external link)
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Best filter to protect the front of the lens is a lens hood.

That's what I use. I keep the lens hood on at all times.



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