Please comment briefly on the filters you think are useful. If you shoot IR please mention your favorite IR filters.

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Many effects filters previously available for the lens are now easily added using software. However, some photographers still use UV or Sky filters for lens protection, and a polarizer, grad and ND filters as light modifiers. Do you still work with filters over the lens?
Please comment briefly on the filters you think are useful. If you shoot IR please mention your favorite IR filters.
Yes, but only for protection of the front element.
21% (56 votes)
I still use polarizing, ND and grads over the lens.
76% (198 votes)
I don't bother with filters anymore.
3% (7 votes)
Total votes: 261
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Charlie C.'s picture

I still find the polarizing filter to be the best solution to glare and color enrichment and NDs are still very useful in the field.

Jim L.'s picture

I find that split and reverse split ND filters are fantastic for landscapes and sunrises / sunsets. I also use polarizers for skies and fall foliage.

Doug's picture

Polarizering filters will always be a necessity because the effect of cutting Through reflections cannot be recreated by software. ND filters are good if you don't want to take the time in taking multiple images and combining them later. These are the only two filters I carry. As for using UV or daylight filters to protect the lens, it not a bad idea, but when shooting directly into the sun, the more filters you have, the more likely you will have those pesky sun flares.

Larry Levy's picture

I use a UV for protection (and have had one give itself up for the lens) as well as a CP for both polarization and as an ND.

R.  H.  Fred's picture

I use UV or Sky over all my lens for protection. I also use polarizing when I desire. I can view the results and if required I can reshoot for the desired results. I am more comfortable with this result, rather than using photo enhancing programs as the only means to modify the photo.

Steve Garner's picture

I like to see the results of using the filters while I still have a chance to reshoot if I don't like the effect I was striving for.

cena's picture
I have a travel bag set up

I have a travel bag set up with the ability to quickly remove a layer of equipment and place in one of the trays for x-ray. Therefore,640-803