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    Uv Filters

    Hi, could anyone tell me if it is important to what brand uv filter I get?
    I was looking at getting a Hoya hmc.
    Also, I was thinking of a nd x8 for my 50 mm canon lens, not sure I would get a lot of use with that lens. Any thoughts would be greatly appreciated.
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    What do you want the UV filter for?
    If it's for lens protection it's basically useless imo and if it's for colour correction your digital camera software will do that perfectly well anyway.

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    Thank you Kiwi, you just save me $44!
    I might get the nd filter when I get a wider lens. I want to try and take a photo of a waterfall. ie smooth? texture.

    ps Kiwi do you have the Nikon D90? if so have you used the 3d tracking.
    I recommended that camera to a friend.
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    I have a D300 and I don't like 3D tracking. It's okay if only one object in the frame is moving but try it in Sports and it gets confused.

    For the ND filters I would recommend that you get a set of 77mm filters (ND 2, 4 and 8) that way you can stack them for basically any combination that you want. If you get 77mm they will fit on all lenses up to that size so you just get a set of step up rings for smaller diameter lenses. I have a set of seven rings that go from 49mm to 77 mm ($15 delivered from the auction site) and a set of Hoya 77mm ND filters (around $90 from another vendor on the same site) all up around $100 and I can use the filters in any combination on any lens.

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    Thank you again, my friend has already brought the d90. She liked the idea of the 3d tracking.
    DDphotographics have filters on sale. Will have another look.
    Carmel
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    Having just bought a couple UV and an ND8 filter from B&W, I find them more physically robust than my Hoya filters (they don't wobble when I clean them).

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    Quote Originally Posted by Dread Pirate Roberts View Post
    (they don't wobble when I clean them).
    Do you mean the glass wobbling in the frame?
    I don't have that problem the glass is rock solid on mine.

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    Yep, when I press moderately hard on the Hoyas to rub they wobble.
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    If you really do want a UV filter for protection (not something I believe in except under extreme conditions) you might find the Lenstip UV filter test helpful.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Dread Pirate Roberts View Post
    Yep, when I press moderately hard on the Hoyas to rub they wobble.
    I agree, I have a few Hoya's and a few B&W's, and there is no comparison, the B&W's just feel more solid, in every case.

    I got clear (not UV, which is not needed) filters for most of my lenses, but never use them because the coatings scratch much easier than the coatings of the lenses, ultimately it is easier and cheaper to just not use them.

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