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Old June 28th, 2006, 09:32 AM   #1
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Advice on Filters for GL2

I own a GL2 and I was curious on which filters would be most helpful for the camera. Its hard for me to say what I shoot most often as it changes and evolves with whatever need is at hand. Mostly I shoot man-on-the-street stuff, some time-lapses, and whatever else. Any advice on how filters would help or any other advoce is welcome.
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Old June 28th, 2006, 09:44 AM   #2
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BIG topic!

However .. . filters fall into 2 main "user" groupings:

1 - Screw on Circular, and for us that means 58mm diameter filters

2 - Matte Box, and for me that is 100x100mm = 4"x4" squares . .you can get rectangular ones . .but let's keep it simple.

Group 1 are cheaper than 2 - plus with group 2 you will need to obtain a method of attaching this lump of glass/resin to the front of the camera. Sooooo.. that would be a relatively expensive device called a Matte box.

There is much posted here on this subject, so not wanting to "appear" unhelpful do a search using "matte" or "matte box" and filters will get you loads of stuff.

If you have further Qs then come back at us - yeah?

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Old June 28th, 2006, 11:40 AM   #3
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polarizer, soft fx-1, black pro-mist 1/4, a warming filter...those are all nice....
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Old June 29th, 2006, 08:31 AM   #4
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Do you need a special adapter to fit those on a GL2, or do they simply screw on the lens?
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Old June 29th, 2006, 09:35 AM   #5
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i use screw-ons, but i do a lot of field work and outdoors shooting and don't really want to mess around with a mattebox or add the additional weight. in studio, you might want a mattebox. depends on your application....
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Old June 29th, 2006, 11:33 PM   #6
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Steve,

if you arre on limited income the two most used filters would be a polizer and a haze filter to protect the lens at other times.
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Old June 30th, 2006, 12:12 AM   #7
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Here are two 58 mm filter kits with some description of their applications. For more details you can go to Tiffen's site:

http://www.bhphotovideo.com/bnh/cont...ughType=search

http://www.bhphotovideo.com/bnh/cont...ughType=search
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Old March 20th, 2007, 03:50 AM   #8
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Entry Level Filter Kit

So does anyone recommend a good starter filter kit? Good experience, good quality?

More specifically, is there a kit that addresses the needs of the starting videographer, that doesn't cost an arm and a leg, and still delivers good quality. I see opteka kits all over for like $20 USD, but are they worth a damn?

Thanks!
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Old March 21st, 2007, 11:07 PM   #9
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cheap filters are like cheap lenses, they usually do not pay in the long run.

If you can afford a gl2, spring for decent filters. go to B&H online catelog and check them out. there are some kits from more respected filter companys but I think you would be better off buying them one at a time as you need them.
Note: plastic/resin lenses scratch very easily compared to glass!!
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Old March 22nd, 2007, 01:00 AM   #10
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If you can afford a gl2, spring for decent filters. go to B&H online catelog and check them out. there are some kits from more respected filter companys but I think you would be better off buying them one at a time as you need them.
So what is a respected company for GL2 filters?
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Old March 22nd, 2007, 08:53 AM   #11
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Look for recognized brand names: e.g., Tiffen, B+W, Schneider, Canon, Hoya and so on. With optics cost is usually a good indicator. By cost, I mean cost from a profesional dealer with a good reputation and wide selection of brands. (Not cost as seen on the accessory sheet of a low-ball internet reseller witout any store front. They often will low ball the main item and stick it to the buyer on the price of accessories.) An noted B&H is a good reference point.
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Old March 23rd, 2007, 12:00 AM   #12
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Price vs. Name Brand

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Look for recognized brand names: e.g., Tiffen, B+W, Schneider, Canon, Hoya and so on. With optics cost is usually a good indicator. By cost, I mean cost from a profesional dealer with a good reputation and wide selection of brands. (Not cost as seen on the accessory sheet of a low-ball internet reseller witout any store front. They often will low ball the main item and stick it to the buyer on the price of accessories.) An noted B&H is a good reference point.
I thought as much. Tiffen seems to have good cost vs. value. The B+W lenses look killer, but they must be king of the mountain because most of their filters (that I could price anyway) were pretty up there.

Appreciate the feedback. A shopping I will go...
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