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Accesories for a SLR when travelling

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1. Posted by S_Deisler (Respected Member 266 posts) 9y

I'm going to eastern Europe in a couple of weeks, and I'm taking both, a little digital camera and my good old SLR Nikon.

I was asking myself what you people usually take with your SLRs: what kind of filters and other accessories, etc...

I'm not sure this is a real important matter since I'm not a good photographer at all, but I really can't make my mind up

2. Posted by cde3879 (Full Member 142 posts) 9y

I have a standard UV filter which does a good job of protecting the lens and makes a slight improvement to landscapes. Polarising filters are also good if you are taking a lot of pictures containing glass or water as it really cuts down the glare.

3. Posted by Q' (Travel Guru 1987 posts) 9y

Quoting cde3879

I have a standard UV filter which does a good job of protecting the lens and makes a slight improvement to landscapes. Polarising filters are also good if you are taking a lot of pictures containing glass or water as it really cuts down the glare.

I know a guy in Toronto that will give you an hour long lecture about why UV filters are at least useless if not harmful.

Polarizer, ND filter, lens tissue/solution & blower bulb.

4. Posted by S_Deisler (Respected Member 266 posts) 9y

So UV filters do nothing at all?

Should a polarizer filter always be used instead?

5. Posted by Dezafinado (Respected Member 177 posts) 9y

If you take a lot of *daytime* city scapes/landscape pictures, a Circular Polarizer is a must. It will reduce glare from shiny surfaces and bring out the colors better. It's also very useful for shots that include water surfaces (lakes, beaches). Polarizer is for daytime use with bright sunlight.

6. Posted by Q' (Travel Guru 1987 posts) 9y

Quoting S_Deisler

So UV filters do nothing at all?

Should a polarizer filter always be used instead?

A lot of photography books recommend you get a UV or A1 filter to protect the front of the lens from being scratched. I wrote that last bit sort of tongue-and-cheek since I don't completely agree with this gentleman. It leads to flare is one of his arguments for instance, and he's right on that point, but I also see my lens come near belt buckles and such, so I do use one but take it off when required. I'm just laughing inside because he get really animated, throws lenses around etc. when he talks about stuff like this.

Polarizers are like polarized "sun" glasses. If you know what those are then you know what polarizers do for you. And you'll need the older linear polarizer for the Konica. The F60 requires a circular polarizer.

[ Edit: Edited on Dec 30, 2006, at 2:15 PM by Q' ]

7. Posted by kevstump (Full Member 123 posts) 9y

I have just bought a circular polarizing filter for my DSLR after just using a UV filter previously......and it is fantastic for using in bright sunlight. My pictures have improved dramatically.

Not only does it reduce glare, but it also eliminates reflections off glass and other surfaces which can be handy....especially when i was taking photos of islands from a plane.

I use the UV filter just to protect the lens at all other ties though.:)