Thursday, May 14, 2009

A list of Lens Filters you can use on Canon SX10 IS

Since you can't Fix kit lenses to Canon PowerShot SX10 IS except Raynox DCR-250 Super Macro Lens, Lens Filters are the way you can try to get best out of the camera with external accessories. But these days you really don't need too many Filters since you can do most of those work in your computer with photo editing software. There are places where filters such as Circular Polarized Filter come handy. Also these days photographers use UV filters mostly as a lens protector. Heres some Lens filters you might find handy with your Canon Powershop Sx10 IS camera.

Hoya SUPER HMC Haze UV Filter 58mm -

HAZE UV (0) absorbs the ultraviolet rays, which often make outdoor photographs hazy and indistinct. It is a multi-purpose fine-weather filter for color as well as black and white films. It also serves as a permanent lens protector. Multiple coatings yield greater light transmission through the glass, and less glare. This would cost you around 35$ to 60$ at

HOYA 58CIR Circular Polarized Filter 58mm -

Light rays which are reflected by any surface become polarised and polarising filters are used to select which light rays enter your camara lens. PL (Linear Polarising) and PL-CIR (Circular Polarising) filters have the same effect, but it is important that you choose the correct version for your camera. They allow you to remove unwanted reflections from non-metallic surfaces such as water, glass etc. They also enable colors to become more saturated and appear clearer, with better contrast. This effect is often used to increase the contrast and saturation in blue skies and white clouds. HOYA's polarising filters do not affect the overall color balance of a shot.
It has a marking line on the forward (rotating) half of the filter, so you can keep track of the angle. Rotating the forward half is what changes the shadows reflecting off of the subject. you can buy this HOYA 58CIR Circular Polarized Filter as for 20$ - 50$. I saw few offers even around 18$.

Hoya 58mm Circular PL Polarizer HMC Multi-Coated Lens Filter -

This is same as the Circular Polarizer above but this is a multi coated one. You can have better result with this thought price is kind of high. HMC means this is a multi-coated filter, with 6 layers of coating on the glass, three on each side. Dramatically deepens blue skies, reduces unwanted reflections on nonmetallic surfaces and saturates colors, especially outdoors. The filter can be rotated to achieve the desired effect. Bought one at Lensmate for 70$ but you can find same at Amazon

B + W 58mm Kaesemann Circular Polarizer Filter -

This is a High qaulity Circular Polarizer Filter which is expensive. Can cost you 80$ - 180$ at High-quality B+W Kaesemann Polarizer is crafted from select polarizer foils and specially prepared optical glass. This neutral polarizer is edge sealed and therefore, it is durable under extreme climatic conditions. The use of this filter is recommended for the most stringent imaging requirements, especially with fast telephoto lenses and apochromatic lenses. It is available in linear or circular. Filter factor is 2.3 to 2.8. Discriminating photographers regard the B+W Kaesemann-Type Polarizing Filter to be the very best of all polarizing filters. They are well suited for applications that require the highest possible imaging quality, especially with high-speed telephoto lenses and apochromatic lenses.

Hoya HMC Neutral Density Filter ND8 58mm -

Neutral Density filters have several uses and offer the possibility to achieve otherwise unachievable results. ND filters appear gray and reduce the amount of light reaching the film or sensor. They have no effect on color balance. Neutral Density Filters enable slower shutter speeds to be used, to record movement or motion blur in subjects such as waterfalls, clouds, or cars. This one is avaliabe for 26$ at and at you can find Neutral Density Filters for 25$ to 100$ depending on the brand and quality.

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