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Old January 17th, 2011, 04:53 PM   #1
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Sony Ex3 Do I need a filter ? If yes Which one?

I have read about needing a filter and have seen some say get ones like the tiffen or the BW but I'm confused and dont want to spend a fortune on a filter. Please advise.

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Old January 17th, 2011, 05:06 PM   #2
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What filters are you talking about?

UV/ND/polarizer?

I always have a UV filter attached to my lens, unless I need another kind of filter for a particular shot.

The UV filter blocks out haze and is a nice way to protect your lens from getting scratched.

I have B+W filters and have no complaints with them.
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Old January 17th, 2011, 05:26 PM   #3
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I assume you are thinking about the dreaded infra red problem. The answer is yes, it will turn blacks black rather than muddy brown. A lot has been written about this on these forums. I use the Tiffen IR filter and it has saved the day on several shoots.
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Old January 17th, 2011, 07:03 PM   #4
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Yes, the IR filter is definitely a good thing to have in the bag.

I use the B+W IR filter...no complaints on this filter either.

I don't use this filter much, but it is a great filter to have in the bag when blacks are looking brown.
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Old January 18th, 2011, 02:08 AM   #5
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I'd use the Tiffen T1. It's purpose designed for the job of removing IR on an EX1 or EX3 with as little impact on everything else as possible.
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Old January 18th, 2011, 02:19 AM   #6
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I use the B+W 486. Stays on all the time.

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Old January 18th, 2011, 05:15 AM   #7
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I use the B+W 486. Stays on all the time.

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Same here and I keep it on all of the time.
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Old January 18th, 2011, 07:24 AM   #8
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The 486 is an interference filter and like all interference filters this causes problems at wide angles with a distinct tint appearing in the corners of the image, appearing as a slight cyan vignette. It's much harder to cleanly remove a corner tint than the slight overall colour shift that the T1 introduces.
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Yes Alister, that is exactly why I don't keep it on all of the time... only when I need it. I like my wide angles to be as clean as possible!
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Yes Alister, that is exactly why I don't keep it on all of the time... only when I need it. I like my wide angles to be as clean as possible!
I suppose it does depend on what your recording but I record weddings and I have to keep it on all the time.
What would happen if say for instance, the bridesmaids dresses were black and I hadn't the filter attached.

That's just one example.
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If you white balance through the T1 the very slight colour tint disappears.
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I suppose it does depend on what your recording but I record weddings and I have to keep it on all the time.
What would happen if say for instance, the bridesmaids dresses were black and I hadn't the filter attached.

That's just one example.
Well, it will depend on what fabric those dresses are made of, but I take your point.
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I suppose it does depend on what your recording but I record weddings and I have to keep it on all the time.
What would happen if say for instance, the bridesmaids dresses were black and I hadn't the filter attached.

That's just one example.

That is the whole point... in that case you have determined that you need the filter attached. I don't do a tonne of live events so my shots are mostly controlled and I can use the filter when I need to.

Excellent filter to have at your disposal though.
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What would happen if say for instance, the bridesmaids dresses were black and I hadn't the filter attached.

That's just one example.
What kind of weddings do you shoot?

Never heard of a bridesmaid wearing a black dress, maybe if they are then it would be better to leave the filter off :-)
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Old January 19th, 2011, 11:40 AM   #15
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What kind of weddings do you shoot?

Never heard of a bridesmaid wearing a black dress, maybe if they are then it would be better to leave the filter off :-)
Hi, Vincent, I shoot whatever the wedding turns out to be, I too would have thought, not black for a bridesmaid dress, but I can tell you this the dresses and the bridesmaids were beautiful.

I've recorded two weddings (as far as I can remember) when the bridesmaids wore black dresses.
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