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    What filters are best for a Pentax K1000 50mm lens? I'm looking for a decent filter for super bright days and for cloudy days. Suggestions?
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    Might assist us if we knew just what you wanted your uber-cool filter thingies to do.
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    Quote Originally Posted by pinhole_dreamer View Post
    What filters are best for a Pentax K1000 50mm lens? I'm looking for a decent filter for super bright days and for cloudy days. Suggestions?
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    Quote Originally Posted by Christopher Walrath View Post
    Might assist us if we knew just what you wanted your uber-cool filter thingies to do.
    Duh. Sorry. Neutral Density Filter is what I'm looking at. I just can't figure out the size of my lens so I know which one to get...the mm - I found a 50mm, a 52mm and a 54mm.
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    Depended how fast your lens is between 49mm to 52mm.

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    Quote Originally Posted by pinhole_dreamer View Post
    What filters are best for a Pentax K1000 50mm lens? I'm looking for a decent filter for super bright days and for cloudy days. Suggestions?
    OK, first determine the diameter of your filter ring. If your lens has a lenscap, the ring diameter will be printed in small letters in the center on the inside of the the cap.

    Next, what do you want the filter to do?

    Using colour transparency or colour negative film:

    If it is to take shots under cloud cover or in shade and you want to reduce the 'blue" shift, get a "daylight" filter or an "81A" (slightly yellow).

    If you want to reduce the intensity of bright light in full sun, get one or more "neutral density" filters (these come in a variety of strengths and reduce the light hitting the film by one, two, or more "stops"), and can be used acccumulatively (i.e."stacked").

    If you want to reduce the glare of reflections from leaves, grass, glass, haze, etc, get a polarizing filter.

    If you want to accentuate the clouds and darken blue sky (works only at right angles to the sun), thereby also coincidentally reducing the dynamic range of the scene, you can use the polarizing filter for this purpose as well

    All these filters screw into the aptly named "filter thread" in front of your lens. You can, then, also screw a lenshood into the front of the filter (a good idea, as it reduces flare on the front of the filter itself).

    If using black and white "silver halide based" film, there are other filters required, although the polarizer and the neutral density filters will still work, as described above.


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    Quote Originally Posted by Anscojohn View Post
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    Which they could put on their K2, if they bought that instead of a K1000.
    I do use a digital device in my photographic pursuits when necessary.
    When someone rags on me for using film, I use a middle digit, upraised.

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    The filter size for your lens should be inscribed on the lens ring along with the focal length and f number, denoted by a circle with a slash through it.

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    Quote Originally Posted by lxdude View Post
    Which they could put on their K2, if they bought that instead of a K1000.
    Funnybut the K2 is just plain old yeller.

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    Normal filter sizes in that range are 49,52 and 55. Most of the Pentax 50's for the K mount take 49mm filters.
    There are no 50 or 54mm filters. Custom(?)
    Some might say I have a bad attitude! Too bad.

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