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    Value Filters for B&W

    About six months ago I though I had a great Idea, buy a couple of filter adapters so I can use 58mm filters on my small set of 35mm Pentax lenses and grab the appropriate filters from the used selection of the stores in the area.

    So far the ONLY filters I have found are K2 (yellow) and only for 49mm. Luckily that covers the lens that is on my camera 70% of the time. The local stores have BOXES of UV filters, but not much else. I went so far as to start searching for crap cameras with filters on eBay before I came to my senses and realized that these are most likely scratched.

    However now I have come to the conclusion that I am going to have to buy these new (Yellow-Green, Orange, Red, 2 and 4 stop ND, and Polarizer).

    It looks like B+W Filters from Adorama are the cheapest available, but is the quality decent, and are there other "value" brands or places to purchase grey market that I should consider?

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    i'm new to the game so i bought some used filters from b&h. you might check out KEH online as well. both rate their used merchandise. I also bought some from ebay...46mm to fit my old school point n shoots.

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    Try the used camera shows in your area. In this area they go by the name of 'Photorama' - I think the shows get to Virginia.
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    I have B+W filters they are well made from high quality glass in brass rings. Heliopan filters are also made from Shott glass in brass rings.

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    Keep looking, Randy. They are out there, and not so expensive. Analogue photography goes hand-in-hand with those other addictive passtimes: garage-saling, storage-unit auctioning, Craiglisting, and general scrounging.

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    I agree with Focus No. 9 above - you should look at KEH. They have an enormous and usually very cheap selection of used filters.

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    Randy, Here is a source for NOS filters. Tim sells at photo fairs here in the BayArea and online.

    http://www.filterfind.net/Whats_News.html

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    B+W filters are not a "value" brand, but a high quality brand of filters made in Germany by the same people that make Schneider lenses. Some B+W filters have better coatings and are more expensive.

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    B+W is a good brand, but even the cheaper brand multicoated filters will outperform an expensive brand of single coated or non-coated filters.

    I periodically throw in a nice B+W MRC filter to an order when I can spare the $40. That way I slowly build my filter collection.

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    B&W, Formatt and Heliopan are all top notch and are all I'll use.
    "There is a time and place for all things, the difficulty is to use them only in their proper time and places." -- Robert Henri

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