Polorizer Filter for Pentax KM - 18-55mm ?


karthikv82

Link Posted 12/03/2010 - 13:53
Hello All,

I have a Pentax Km with 18-55mm that comes standard with the cam.
Complete novice when it comes to filters. I do quite a bit of outdoor photography.

Any advice on a good, cheap filter please ?

Regards,

Karthik
Karthik
www.kvflick.com
Last Edited by karthikv82 on 12/03/2010 - 14:06

karthikv82

Link Posted 12/03/2010 - 14:07
Just realised .... I ment Polarizer Filter in the title oops
Karthik
www.kvflick.com
Last Edited by karthikv82 on 12/03/2010 - 14:08

karthikv82

Link Posted 12/03/2010 - 14:25
Thanks Gareth.

Any Cirlular polarizer? there's 100's of 52mm available

Also, where do you suggest I buy them from ?

Regards,

Karthik
Karthik
www.kvflick.com

Anvh

Link Posted 12/03/2010 - 14:41
A good one, look at Hoya (the better series with the coatings) or B&W

I'm sure you can get lucky with cheap filters but most of the time you will be missing the quality that you want for your photos.

I know that the 18-55 isn't an expensive lens but when you get something like the DA*50-135 for example you certainly don't want to stick a cheap Pol on that because that would be a shame of the lens.
Same way you wouldn't put cheap tires under a Aston Martin.
Stefan


K10D, K5
DA* 16-50, DA* 50-135, D-FA 100 Macro, DA 40 Ltd, DA 18-55
AF-540FGZ

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Dangermouse

Link Posted 12/03/2010 - 14:45
Look at the "Green Filter" range like this one. Cheap but not poor quality, I've had fine results from mine. They also do NDs which aren't bad either.
Matt

Shooting the Welsh Wilderness with K-m, KX, MX, ME Super and assorted lenses.

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karthikv82

Link Posted 12/03/2010 - 14:55
Thanks Stefan, Matt.

I might just order the Green Filter Matt.

Now I have to find the NDs... any sugestions on that ?

Last Q - is there a book or some online tutorial on how to use them ?

Regards,

Karthik
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www.kvflick.com

Anvh

Link Posted 12/03/2010 - 15:04
ND are used for a special purpose, you don't need them that often really, certainly not in the UK

For landscapes you should get a set of Square GND filters like Lee, Hi-Tech, Cokin, Etc. those are more useful.
Stefan


K10D, K5
DA* 16-50, DA* 50-135, D-FA 100 Macro, DA 40 Ltd, DA 18-55
AF-540FGZ

karthikv82

Link Posted 12/03/2010 - 15:06
You are the expert ! GND it is then .. I'll start looking out for it..

Anything particular that I should look out for while buying them ?
Karthik
www.kvflick.com

Dangermouse

Link Posted 12/03/2010 - 15:11
One suggestion I've had is to buy Cokin-style NDs, that way they'll fit all your lenses (and you'll probably buy more - most people end up with a good handful!) just by changing the adapter ring that attaches the filter holder to the lens. The system you want is Cokin-P, I think Lee offer filters to the same dimensions but I've not investigated that closely.
Matt

Shooting the Welsh Wilderness with K-m, KX, MX, ME Super and assorted lenses.

karthikv82

Link Posted 12/03/2010 - 15:15
Thanks Matt.
Karthik
www.kvflick.com

karthikv82

Link Posted 12/03/2010 - 15:18
Just found this link

Not sure If I would need/use all of them ? what do I do ?..

Bit expensive too i guess.
Karthik
www.kvflick.com

Photomonk

Link Posted 12/03/2010 - 15:22
As one that has about 20 fitted circular filters, I am getting rid of at least 90% of them (so look for them in the classified section soon) and have switched to the Cokin filter system. Not only does it fit all your lenses with the inexpensive purchase of holder rings for the different lens sizes, but proves to be economical in the long run. I really can recommend Cokin filters over fitted circular filters.

The Photomonk
Last Edited by Photomonk on 12/03/2010 - 15:23

robbie_d

Link Posted 12/03/2010 - 15:25
I would probably invest in a Cokin P holder, lens adaptor (to attach the holder to your 18-55), and a couple of ND grads. If you shop around you should be able to get all that for the price of the filters in your link.

Okay, you wouldn't have as many filters, but I would doubt you would use many of those. Also, you don't know the quality (likely to be inferior to Cokin), and you need to spend an extra tenner to get the holder and adaptor from the buyer.

At least with Cokin you could sell them on (if you didn't like them) without losing much money. I'm not sure you could say the same for the item you've listed.
If you can't say something nice about Pentax, you won't say anything at all.

Apparently.

robbie_d

Link Posted 12/03/2010 - 15:31
SRB-Griturn also do Cokin compatible square filters, at a more attractive price (around 37 for a holder, adaptor and two grad filters).

You're also probably best off going for soft cut rather than sharp cut grads.
If you can't say something nice about Pentax, you won't say anything at all.

Apparently.
Last Edited by robbie_d on 12/03/2010 - 15:32

Anvh

Link Posted 12/03/2010 - 15:51
Here is some text about filters, read it before buying something. link

Lee are expensive
Hi-Tech is pretty good I believe and for a soft price
Cokin is the more budget one but for the price they are nice

One problem with those square filters is the reflation on the back side so from the camera side, are there any solution for that?
Stefan


K10D, K5
DA* 16-50, DA* 50-135, D-FA 100 Macro, DA 40 Ltd, DA 18-55
AF-540FGZ
Last Edited by Anvh on 12/03/2010 - 15:51
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