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Cody Walters
Choosing a lens filter when shooting video
on Aug 6, 2012 at 10:07:42 pm

Hello,

I am looking to purchase a lens filter to mainly protect the lens from damage. I've purchased filters before, but noticed that when pointed at a light source I had increased lens flare. I found these two filters and am wondering which to go for if I'm looking for a filter that does not change the picture quality at all.

http://www.bhphotovideo.com/c/product/55954-REG/Tiffen_77CLR_77mm_Clear_Fil...

http://www.bhphotovideo.com/c/product/608136-REG/Tiffen_77CLRUN_77mm_Clear_...

Thanks for the help,

Cody Walters
JW Studio LLC
Houston Video Production
Houston Wedding Videographer

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Noah Kadner
Re: Choosing a lens filter when shooting video
on Aug 8, 2012 at 12:45:09 am

If you're getting flares- you should invest in a matte box or at least a hood for the lens- which will help shield the lens from getting hit by light directly. Lens filters don't have much effect on this.

Noah

Call Box Training.
Featuring the Panasonic GH2 and Panasonic AC160/130.


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Cody Walters
Re: Choosing a lens filter when shooting video
on Aug 10, 2012 at 8:23:46 pm

Hi Noah,

Thanks for your responds. I don't mind natural flares when shooting. What I'm finding is that the filters I am using add in more flare. I wanting something to protect the lens and keep consistent with the way the lens reacts to lens without the filter.

Cody Walters
JW Studio LLC
Houston Video Production
Houston Wedding Videographer

Final Cut Studio 3
Adobe CS5 Master Suite
Panasonic HVX-200
Canon 7D



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James Nguyen
Re: Choosing a lens filter when shooting video
on Aug 13, 2012 at 4:16:11 am

You have to use a antireflective coated filter. Not all filters are made equal.

These are some of the best I have used. Many other brands do not have a seal between the glass and the metal rim, so dust and water gets in.

I like the Hoya HD's http://www.amazon.com/Hoya-Hardened-8-layer-Multi-Coated-Digital/dp/B001G7P...

The hoya's are nearly unscratchable, and from what they advertise, extremely difficult to break. They also have some of the best antireflective coatings I have seen. (better than coatings on my nikon pro lenses) so they do not cause any flare in situations where the lens would normally not flare.

B+W filters are very nice as well, but they are more expensive, and the coatings are slightly better at reducing glare on the hoya.


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