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Old March 7th, 2004, 01:09 PM   #1
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I have a GL2 (kinda new) and need to put in a UV filter and a polarizer. I will be filming by a lake with lots of sun and reflections.

What order do I put the filters in? UV first or polarizer? and if I add a neutral density, that makes 3 filters. Is that too many? if not what order?
Should I change the AE. shift function to -1.5? does it even help?
I am filming in frame mode and would like to keep the shutter at 60 if possible.

thanks for any help with filter confusion
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Old March 7th, 2004, 01:54 PM   #2
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For this shoot, skip the UV and just use the polarizer. UV filters are used as a purely protective measure for the lens on video cameras. They offer no image enhancement whatsoever.

In general, you want to use the fewest number of filters posssible at any given time.
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thanks for the informative answer .. and I won't burn my lens if I film in brightly lit situations? should I use a neutral density filter anyway, even if it slightly decreases video quality?
after this answer, I am out and filming ... my wife is having a hard time prying the camcorder off my hands
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Use the camera's internal ND filter first. If you need to knock down the exposure even further after using the polarizing filter, then use a supplemental ND filter. In this case, I recommend placing the polarizer on the outside.
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