filters for K10D

Denise Leppard

Link Posted 21/03/2007 - 19:01
Thanks to those who responded to my query re infrared photography. have IR lens, but am still looking for conversion of my istD. However, a different issue now: filters for K10D, or similar.

I'm about to visit USA canyons of the south west, with NIgel Turner workshops. I'm not a particularly experienced landscape photographer though I've had my moments. I've got a selection of lenses, wide angle, telephoto etc. but am wondering what I should have in the area of filters - having never used them, wonder exactly what might be necessary. Sounds idiotically naive, but am I really going to need ND, graduated or not, and polorisers? we are going to do a lot of pre dawn, dawn and sunset work so keeping light out won't be exactly essential, or will it? I dont rely on the computer to put things right, and never will.

So far am very happy with the K10 D; have my doubts about the usefulness of the anti-shake, and have taken a lot of macro pics, which seem to give better depth and sharpness than the istD.

any advice on filters gratefully received.

Mr. Ist

Link Posted 21/03/2007 - 19:27
I would have thought that an ND grad would be essential, to balance the difference in brightness between ground and sky, especially at dawn. different types are available - hard or soft gradation, and how dark the dark bit is. If you have a very very wide lens you may need quite big filters to avoid vignetting.

A polariser would also be quite useful to make the sky saturated. Again, if you have a very wide lens (<18mm on digital) a polariser would produce odd effects in the sky (if you want to know why, ask a physicist). If you want to buy one get a 'circular' one - it then doesn't confuse AF.



Link Posted 21/03/2007 - 21:01
If you want to do serious landscape photography, then a set of ND grads becomes a "must-have" item. OK, you could probably do multiple exposures, one for the sky and one for the land and use HDR software to blend them together, but a Grad and one shot and it's all taken care of!
Tim the Ammonyte
K10D & sundry toys
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