My current selection of lens filters:
There is some debate about whether to use these UV filters on the front of your camera lens. Some photographers think it creates a loss of light and some image quality. Other pros swear by the safety feature they provide. Their rationale is that there is one layer of glass between a bump and your valuable lens. UV filters are cheap to replace, not so much a camera lens. Since my budget is not unlimited, I chose to go with the safer option and I have UV filters on all my camera lens.
I love this Filter. Don’t let the name Canon fool you. It fits Nikon as well. When you are traveling light and don’t want to take the extra weight of a Macro lens, this filter works great. Though not a true macro, it does get you up close and coupled with extension tubes works almost as good as a full on macro lens for a fraction of the cost. Another excellent use for this lens is when shooting a landscape that has a prominent foreground element, such as a leaf or flower. You can get the leaf and the landscape in sharp focus with the leaf appearing larger than life. I use this on FX lens as well as DX lens. On the DX lens, I use a 72-77mm step up ring, just be ware that there is some vignetting when using these lens wide open.
Though this filter is very expensive ($390.00), if you plan on shooting water of any kind and have it look silky smooth, it is a must have. Not only do get a polarizer, but you get 8 stops of a neutral density filter. When using the lens, I compose my image while mounted on a tripod with the filter wide open, I, then, carefully stop down the lens to the desired results. And with the variability of just rotating the lens it is easy to experiment with different effects.
All Singh Ray filters are top shelf and you pay for the quality. This lens regular mount is $370.00. You can get a thin mount variation for $400.00, but the beauty of the regular mount is, that if need be, you can stack another filter with it. You cannot do this with the thin mounts. This filter is a polarizer with a warming filter included. A nice touch for landscapes.
Admittedly this is a specialty filter and is somewhat cheaper than the above filters ($210). But used in the right places, it can create a magical effect that cannot be captured in any other way Attached is an image taken on a stream in the Smoky Mountains of Tennessee.
Singh-Ray 77mm Gold-N- Blue Filter: This is a specialty lens as well and I have yet to use to my liking. However, check out Robert Servranckx’s website for some very nice images using of this lens.
These are great little cases for protecting your filters. Each case holds 3 filters in padded compartments. The cover has a buckle enclosure and there is a snap loop for your belt. I find this and easy and convenient way to store and find my expensive filters in my camera bag.