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Where to start? Circular Polarizer, Neutral Density Filter for landscapes?

 
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Dec 08, 2011 22:08 |  #1

Hey guys,

So I'm going to Taiwan to study abroad in February, and I'm bringing along my 5D and 35 f/2 and 50 1.8 (Metal).

I've been reading various internet finds on both types of filters but I still don't know what brand, or what's really good to get. I know I can just pick one up to use for both lenses (since they're both 52mm filter threads) but I really don't know where to start.

I plan to be doing a lot of travel shooting, but I also wanna take advantage of landscapes and nature shots, which are my favorite things to shoot.

I'm pretty lost when it comes to these. From my understanding, CP's bring out colors and ND's are like sunglasses (They block out light so you could do long exposure in the day)?

I don't know what brand or specific filter to invest money into, but whatever can produce the best results, or from experience, what you use most is what I would want to consider.

Reading various posts about, some people use one over the other all the time, etc.

I'd like to spend less than $150 if possible, but of course on something that could really make a difference in my photography.

Please let me know if you have any experience! Any input is appreciated! :D




  
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Dec 08, 2011 22:47 |  #2

Start out with a CPL. They're much more versatile in terms of bringing out colors, reducing glare or reflections and even warming the scene. They do act as a very low ND as well, providing about a 2 stop differential I believe. That is, of course, rather minimal though.

Playing around with NDs is fun for long exposure stuff, but there's a couple things to take in to account. In order to get those nice long exposure shots you'll need a tripod and time. If you are traveling and sight seeing, you're often on the move and don't have much time for multiple long exposure shots (speaking generally though). Along with this you may not want to be lugging a tripod around.

That's my opinion at least. Everybody travels differently of course, some like to lounge and some like to see everything they possibly can so that's a big factor.


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Dec 08, 2011 22:54 |  #3

Man, I know you didn't ask for lens advice, but 35 and 50 are so close together. I'd probably trade one of those for a zoom of some sort that goes kinda wide. Travel photos often demand wide angles.

As for filters, I agree with the above, just get a CPL for use on sunny days. THey help keep the skies blue and cut down on glare and reflections. Many on this forum will disagree, but you don't have to spend a bundle on a CPL. Just get a brand name one and have fun.


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Dec 08, 2011 23:00 |  #4

tkbslc wrote in post #13516682 (external link)
Many on this forum will disagree, but you don't have to spend a bundle on a CPL. Just get a brand name one and have fun.

Agreed, I got my Hoya CPL from KEH.com used. I believe it was right around $30-40. It's not multi-coated one but I haven't had any problems with that.


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Dec 08, 2011 23:35 |  #5

I personally hope to have all the accesories needed to take all various types of photography including landscape... That being said my non-lens priorities are tripod/head, CPL filter, ND filter, GND filter, 8-10 Stop ND filter...


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Dec 08, 2011 23:35 |  #6

Hm, I guess I'll look into the Hoya ones for the CPL's, and of course do more research.

And ya, I know they're close, but I used to have a 40D and a Sigma 30; it was my main lens and I got the best shots out of it, so the 50 range became my favorite focal length. The only thing that I wanted was a little wider angle, but there wasn't any prime for crop that could do it, at least worth putting money into (less than $500), so I picked up the 35 for wider-ish angle when I went to the 5D.

I thought about one of those L zooms, but I don't know if they're truly worth the money. I feel like since I went prime, I can never go back due to bokeh, sharpness, and just clean files.

Overall, I plan on using the 50 to shoot people, since faces will look more normal, and the 35 for everything else.




  
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Dec 08, 2011 23:40 |  #7

boingy wrote in post #13516821 (external link)
I personally hope to have all the accesories needed to take all various types of photography including landscape... That being said my non-lens priorities are tripod/head, CPL filter, ND filter, GND filter, 8-10 Stop ND filter...

I notice your gear list, you are definitely prepared :D

I've already figured out my shooting style, so I'm just trying to be efficient and save some funds and just buy what I will actually use. Tripod wise, I have a Slik 700DX, but I'm not sure if I'm taking it with me since it's so huge, but I do agree on the filters.




  
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