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May 12, 2016 13:17 |  #1

What filters if any does everyone use as a standard filter when shooting motorsports?




  
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May 13, 2016 02:57 |  #2

A UV or clear protection filter is a good idea, rubber, oil and dust can all be found in the air at the track.
The UV filter will keep you from scratching the front element during cleaning.

A Polariser is handy for cutting reflections off the windscreen or paintwork.

And an ND can be used to get lower shutter speeds for panning (without resorting to f22 and 50iso)


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May 13, 2016 04:11 as a reply to  @ Echo63's post |  #3

I generally don't use one but on sunny days i have been known to use a cpl to cut glass glare, be weary what you are shooting though as perspex / plastic can get a rainbow effect when hit with a cpl.


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May 13, 2016 04:27 |  #4

Echo63 wrote in post #18005420 (external link)
A UV or clear protection filter is a good idea, rubber, oil and dust can all be found in the air at the track.
The UV filter will keep you from scratching the front element during cleaning.

A Polariser is handy for cutting reflections off the windscreen or paintwork.

And an ND can be used to get lower shutter speeds for panning (without resorting to f22 and 50iso)

^Spot on really, besides the UV filter; I'm not a believer but that's a personal preference (risk acceptance)


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May 13, 2016 11:07 |  #5

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I generally don't use one but on sunny days i have been known to use a cpl to cut glass glare, be weary what you are shooting though as perspex / plastic can get a rainbow effect when hit with a cpl.

Something i forgot about (its been a while since i used a CPL around plastic) and something to be aware of.

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^Spot on really, besides the UV filter; I'm not a believer but that's a personal preference (risk acceptance)

I used to shoot a lot of Drift and Rally, lots of Rubber and Dust in the air, so i used a UV filter.
for normal circuit meets i typically didn't use a filter, (except maybe a CPL)


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May 15, 2016 21:12 |  #6

I use a CPL where practical. Yes, you get some rainbow effects sometimes transparent objects (windshields) - but I like the richer colours and minimal reflectance one gets.

The lower shutter speeds are also a bonus most of the time.


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May 24, 2016 02:33 |  #7

I never use filters but I always use hoods.


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Jun 10, 2016 17:59 |  #8

CLP for most on track photos during the day. UV filter with non ontrack stuff and no filter when the sun goes down.


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Jun 11, 2016 22:58 |  #9

Echo63 wrote in post #18005755 (external link)
I used to shoot a lot of Drift and Rally, lots of Rubber and Dust in the air, so i used a UV filter.
for normal circuit meets i typically didn't use a filter, (except maybe a CPL)

I've shot those too (not professionally) but I still prefer just a hood, like I said, personal preference :-)


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Jun 12, 2016 02:13 |  #10

98kellrs wrote in post #18036570 (external link)
I've shot those too (not professionally) but I still prefer just a hood, like I said, personal preference :-)

I prefer to shoot with just a hood when possible.

But many rallies here are way to dusty to risk it (when the drivers are booking in late and taking a penalty to give the dust an extra minute to settle, a filter on the lens and a dust mask on your face is a good idea)

From memory, the weather/dust sealing on L lenses needs a filter to be complete.


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Jun 19, 2016 15:37 |  #11

I shoot a lot of drifting, and typically use a circular polarizer for any daytime photos. I like the added contrast and the ability to see the drivers helmet and occasionally hands


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May 17, 2017 14:41 |  #12

I always use a CPL and hood. Need to buy an ND though.


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