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01-16-2014, 05:42 PM   #16
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If filters were that important wouldn't the manufacturers ship their lenses with filters by default?
Good ones would make the lens higher-priced. Bad ones lessen the lens IQ.
So, the manufacturers have wisely not included them, and leave the endless debate about usefulness up to the consumer.

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I'm picking up some nice information here about ND filters and can see the value of them although I'm not at the point where I know enough to use them.
The only filters that I was aware of were polarizing or UV filters.
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If filters were that important wouldn't the manufacturers ship their lenses with filters by default? How necessary are they and what do they actually do to increase image quality?
They are essential. ND filters can be built in to a certain extent, but not to the extent to produce the fantasy look long exposures. Graduated filters depend on the scene so cannot be integrated, they balance the dynamic range in a scene to a level that a camera can deal with. There are digital processing alternatives but none that can match before the lens options, yet, imo.
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