Being able to use an electronic software filter program that allows you insert effects or control or change the image subsequent to it being captured provides a fantastic enhancement opportunity, but if you want to totally take control the decisive images you capture, no one has conceived a substitute for good old optical filters for precision and repetitive control of color balance or special effects in addition to the convenience.
When you filter the light prior to it getting to the lens and striking the sensor or the film plane, there are several important advantages. You are able to match the brightness extent of your subject to the traits of the medium you're capturing it to, and obtain results that are professional quality even when in tough lighting environments. As an example, polarizing filters eliminate reflections on glass, shiny, and water surfaces, although retaining sub-surface factors. These effects are not possible using software filters after the image is already captured, which can only impart filter effects, and not genuine light filtration.
Additionally elimination of uncertainty and ability to see the desired effect immediately, not hours or days later.
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Seven Basic Filter Applications for Digital Cameras
Lens Protection - Protect your lens from moisture, scratches and damage
Correction - Bring the optical correction to a known standard, leaving more latitude for digital effects used later
Contrast Control - Ultra Contrast and Low Contrast filters allow your digital camera to capture more shadow detail or lower contrast evenly
Digital Innovations makes low priced specialty filters sets
for all major brands of cameras
Formerly Formatt Formatt
Hitech Filters are a long-established market leading glass filter manufacturor.
(formerly Formatt Filters)
Filters. Hasselblad filters are manufactured to meet and exceed the most stringent demands on optical flatness and transmission qualities. designed to complement Hasselbladís lenses
Dyed in the mass Heliopan filters are ground, coated and
polished to the very highest German industry optical
standards inserted into black
anodized precision brass rings t
The Best Match for Your Lenses Hitechís state-of-the-art optical resin lets you maximize your lensesí capabilities.
(formerly Hitech Filters) .
Hoya Filters Since its
establishment in 1941 as Japan's first specialty manufacturer of optical glass,
Hoya has diversified into new business areas that exploit the potential of
Kenko-Tokina has created an adjustable neutral density (ND) filter which may be
be varied from ND2.5 through ND1000.
Lee Filters. The LEE Photographic Filter System has set new standards for photographers.
Leica FiltersLeica filters for the Leica M system are made of optically pure glass, parallel plane ground and precisely annealed, so the full performance of the Leica
The price for Nikon filters is though of course healthy - you
know what I mean when you go out shopping them
Founded in 2002, Opteka has very quickly become one of the
top manufacturers of converter lenses and filters for digital point and shoot
Polaroid Filters continue the brand's long legacy of superior
optical solutions. All their filters are carefully formulated to ensure
consistent color and accuracy throughout the entire surface of the glass
Quantaray Filters"Great value for the price and good construction.
You can use Heliopan and Hoya polarizers and see no difference. When used
with wide-angle lenses of less than 21mm (62mm filter) you will get dark corners
Stringent quality precision machined crafted metal rings to ensure optical flatness.
Professional filters for all imaging applications.
Schneider OpticsMost of the glass comes from Schott, the finest German glass manufacturer. Exceptions would be our diopters,
prisms and cross screen filters
Sigma's EX DG filters benefit from multi-layer lens coating,
developed to counteract the highly reflective characteristic of image sensors.
With older style filters, light would reflect off the image sensor
An American maker of photographic filters. They are among
the more expensive brands, and have a reputation for high quality and
Sony high-quality filters bring out the best in your lenses with famous Carl Zeiss T* coating that suppress ghosting and flaring.
Sunpak Filters. backed by an
extraordinary no questions- asked lifetime warranty. Filters built to our
exacting standards so you focus on the image, not on your camera
Tiffen Filters. Tiffen has been
a leading manufacturer and supplier of photographic filters for the
consumer/professional imaging and the motion picture and broadcast television
industries for almost 70 years.