It seems a little steep, since I paid less than $25 AUD for my Hoya filter.
And what is the benefit of a UV filter? Well, it is two fold, really. Firstly, think of it as cheap insurance. That filter may be clear as a bell, but it will protect your lens not only from harmful light, but dust and dirt, etc.
I used to use UV filters as I was paranoid I would damage my lenses, but I dont anymore. As Jay said, they help prevent dust and scratches appearing on your lens. I think they also limit the amount of 'haze' on photos, especially landscape. Im not too sure about that though.
Personally, I dont use them. Light has to pass through a lot of glass before reaching the CCD, and I'd like to keep it to a minimum!
The only time I use a UV filter is if I am going to an area that is known to be dusty, like a racetrack, and only on a cloudy day. Otherwise, I use the CP. Here is a good example of eye popping colors using one:
Hope this isn't considered a thread bump, but I have a question related to CP filters.
After reading this tutorial and a related article in a digital photography magazine, I've put my foot down and decided to go get a CP filter. My trouble is choosing the right one. I've found filters that go from $65 CAD all the way up to $160 CAD. These are the filters I've found at a camera supply store here called Henry's. I'm not necessarily going to get a filter from them as there are a few reputable camera shops here. I'm just using them as a guide:
Any advice on what kind of price range I should go for? My camera is the Canon Digital Rebel 6.3MP (it may be old, but I still love it) using Canon's 18-55mm and 75-300mm lenses, each taking a 58mm thread size. I'm willing to pay for a decent filter, because I believe quite firmly in getting things right the first time. Conversely, I don't want to get ripped off.
This may seem like a loaded post, but any help anyone could offer would be greatly appreciated!
Just got my Hoya CPL, will see how it compares to my LPL (Cokin A series) when I get a chance. Need to get my lens (50mm prime) that doesn't rotate when focusing, with the CPL on my other lenses (and indeed the LPL, although easier) I have to keep adjusting when focusing..
Hey, guys, i'm looking for a dark filter. When i went to the waterfall shoot, i wanted to get that long exposure blurred water effect, but since it was still quite bright outside, i couldn't get over 1 second even with the aperture at f/32... Is there a filter i could get that would just make the pic very dark? I know i could have used my c-pol, but i stupidly forgot it at home, plus i'm looking for something darker than that.