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Sep 25, 2016 21:56 |  #1

Best filters to use for nature or wildlife.
Also for sports like air shows.

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Sep 25, 2016 23:01 |  #2

Unless you want some special effects like rays from lights etc., the only useful filters for digital cameras are neutral density filters to reduce down light in bright conditions and a good polarizing filter to get bluer skies and reduce reflections from water and glass. Also, brightens colors especially leaves by reducing the mini-reflections from etc.

The traditional filter effects from the film days can all be achieved in post processing.

Better to shoot in RAW if you plan to do much color correction.


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Sep 26, 2016 14:17 |  #3

Narwhal wrote in post #18140504 (external link)
Unless you want some special effects like rays from lights etc., the only useful filters for digital cameras are neutral density filters to reduce down light in bright conditions and a good polarizing filter to get bluer skies and reduce reflections from water and glass. Also, brightens colors especially leaves by reducing the mini-reflections from etc.

The traditional filter effects from the film days can all be achieved in post processing.

Better to shoot in RAW if you plan to do much color correction.


This, most definitely.

Oh and a CPL is not really going to help at an airshow, although they can be great for making skies bluer, you need to change the polarisation angle as you change the relative position of the sun in the sky, so no good for panning through 180 degrees like you do at a show. About the only filter that may possibly be of use at an airshow is an ND filter if it is really bright, since for propellor driven aircraft you need to keep the shutter speeds below 1/200, and ideally the aperture between about f/8 and f/11. On a Sunny 16 day with ISO 100 as the minimum ISO value of most DSLR's, and even if you have an expanded "Low" ISO 50 it costing you so much loss of DR, having a really good quality ND filter can come in handy. The biggest problem is the cost of a decent ND filter for use on telephotos/telephoto zooms is quite high, since generally you are looking at 77mm and up filter sizes. My Sigma 150-600 C is 95mm and IIRC the Sport version is 105mm. I think the original 100-400L is "only" a 77mm and I'm not sure what the new one is. It means you are going to be spending at least $100 (US) or the same in British pounds, for a useable filter, and quite possibly more.

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