View Poll Results: Which filters?
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With very few exceptions I always have a Nikon L37c with colour or the L39 filter with B&W as a standard set-up.
Usually though I have an orange on for most exterior building pictures, especially if there is stonework. I prefer the orange for landscapes in general, but not always.
Next filter that gets used a fair amount is light yellow for portraits, or if I need to bring out some clothing colours and/or texture, I use the yellow/green.
Next is the deep yellow and both light and deep green, they really can make a difference in B&W sometimes. The light green for portraits, has sometimes surprised me.
The polarising filter is probably the least used, but it is a killer when it is required I use it carefully.
I very rarely use a red filter, but I do have it in my bottom pocket just in case.
ND 2x / 4x / 8x.
With colour negative portrait work outdoors, I generally use an 81C in preference over the 81A.
Of late I have been fiddling with a soft spot on my 85 f1.4 Nikkor, shooting at f2.8 for interesting out of focus surrounds.
Usually either a B+W Circ-Polarizer, or an R60, if I'm in B&W mode. Otherwise, I tend to shoot with my lenses naked.
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the main filter i use is a dirty window,
but i don't think that counts as a filter ...
Well it looks like the majority of posters said they use filters.. Do you feel they affect the sharpness/contrast of your images at all?
Neutral density on the SX70, a red filter and, a polarizer for everything from reducing reflections to darkening sky/water or as a ND filter in a pinch. I have a bunch more (more b&w filters, some special effects and a few colour correction filters) but I always gravitate toward these three.
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WTF??? What about yellow-green ? Hoya XO (Wratten #11 equivalent). My favorite and most-used one, though I rarely use filters.
I clicked yellow, orange, red, green, blue, and I do not usually use filters at all. I have these filters, and have used them in the past, but do not use them frequently.
I use all Hoya HMC filters and have not ever noticed an image degradation compared to a non-filtered pic. I like them because they are good and fairly reasonably priced. Looking around the Web, it seems Ken Rockwell thinks so too...and he and I usually see eye to eye; at least in what I have read on his site so far.
For color, 80A and 82B are my most commonly used filters, and sometimes 85B as well.
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Yellow-green? I didnt even know that was a color =] seriously what is it for?
Cokin #1 diffuser lives in my darkroom bag not camera bag good for enlarging.
Originally Posted by darinwc
When needed, I use polarizing, neutral density, graduated neutral density, color correction, and special effect filters.
I use glass, acetate, and plastic filters.
I only use protective UV/haze filters when I am shooting in a hostile environment.
The last time I used a filter was during the holidays when I used a special effects starburst filter to shoot Christmas lights.
In the past, I used a red filter a lot for B&W, but I do it less often now - replaced mostly by an orange filter. I use a polarizer mostly for color, and sometimes for B&W as well. The least used is probably the warming (81A) filter.
Also, there is the SFX200 filter that gets used with Ilford's SFX film.