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10-13-2010, 06:48 PM   #16
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UV filters - pic related:



Often UV filters are just another opportunity for retailers to milk a few extra bucks out of you. Rarely are they needed.

10-13-2010, 06:52 PM   #17
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QuoteOriginally posted by mbellovin Quote
Again, thanks. I'll make a go first with the kit lens- I know I have a lot to learn! Starting with the nice photo seller who made me buy a UV filter for my camera- I forgot that they can degrade the image and I've been leaving it on.
All that said, there will be no harm in picking out a second lens after you have a few months' experience with the kit lens. And there is a lot to learn from a prime . . .
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Ah, I have the Tiffen. Dear me, now I have an excuse- wait til I take that thing off!!!
10-13-2010, 10:28 PM   #19
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QuoteOriginally posted by mbellovin Quote
Ah, I have the Tiffen. Dear me, now I have an excuse- wait til I take that thing off!!!
Looks like we hit the nail on the head then.

I once left a Tiffen UV filter on a lens, and it ruined some (potentially) great shots of mine that were the product of several hours shooting in difficult conditions. Never again.

I never use UV filters from anyone anymore. Only if I were to be going to the beach or desert, or shooting a rally or something, might I consider putting one on.

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QuoteOriginally posted by rawr Quote
Several quick observations:


- for easy (or extreme) wide angle without a wide angle lens, panorama or 'stitching' software, as others have suggested, is an excellent solution. I find the free Microsoft Image Composite Editor (ICE) is EXCELLENT for this:
Microsoft Research Image Composite Editor (ICE)
Just downloaded and tried the Microsoft Research Image Compositor Editor, and it is great! Almost bought photoshop this week for this stitching function as I have found all other free software to be too time consuming. ICE does the job well. Thanks for the tip!
10-15-2010, 02:49 AM   #22
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Just downloaded and tried the Microsoft Research Image Compositor Editor, and it is great! Almost bought photoshop this week for this stitching function as I have found all other free software to be too time consuming. ICE does the job well. Thanks for the tip!
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