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Old 24-04-2008, 10:58   #1 (permalink)
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hi guys - I'm thinking about getting a filter for my 400d - most likely a polarizer...

now, I have to main lenses that I use - my nifty fifty (canon f1.8 50mm) and a canon 70mm-300mm lense....
now, they both seem to be different sized - so, what would be the best lens to buy for initially..?
and what filter, and where from..?

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Old 24-04-2008, 11:18   #2 (permalink)
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Re: lense filter

I will assume that you have a UV filter on both lenses to protect the front surface of he glass. If not get these first.

I am sure that you know a polariser will reduce reflections and also in some circumstances darken a blue sky considerably. It will act as ND filter as well so you get quite a bit for your money

I think only you can say which lens to buy for. What do you usually take pictures of . Which lens do you use most . why do you want a polariser .

The 70-300 lens uses a 58 mm filter and the 50 mm lens a 52 mm filter. You could get the 58 mm size and a step down ring to use it on the 50. That would save some money.

As to where to buy from I got a polariser from Hong Kong for about 50% of the UK price. There are a lot of fakes from HK for things like memory cards and batteries. I assume that you can get fake filters from there as well. I do not know how to tell then apart but the one I have works OK which is good enough for me.
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Re: lense filter

As AQ said - you could buy one to fit the bigger lens and a step-down ring so you can also fit it to the smaller one.
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Re: lense filter

I'd have to ask, like AQ, why you need a polariser. Good for landscapes where you want to saturate the blue sky (but that implies a wide angle), water/plant shots where you want to reduce bright reflections or waterfalls where the increased stops can be useful to slow the shutter (and probably not use the reflection reducing properties!)
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Old 24-04-2008, 12:02   #5 (permalink)
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Re: lense filter

cheers guys - basically it would be used for landscape stuff...but I do commonly use both lenses...just wasn't sure if there was a general trend with most of the people on here..!

I haven't got a UV filter...guess I'll need to look into that first..!

anyone got a link to the step down ring..?

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Re: lense filter

You can get them pretty much anywhere.

I use SRB in Luton.
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Re: lense filter

But remember to take off the UV filter before fitting a polariser or you will get some vignetting.
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just ordered this...bit of a bargain..?

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