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What filters are you guys using for the slopes?
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I use a cheap UV Filter, more for protection than anything else. That way, if i bump something, the $25 piece of glass breaks instead of the ~$200 lens glass.

I would like to get a nice AF Polarizer Lens, mainly because i like the way polarized pictures turn out, they're a little pricier than the polarizer, though.
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I have pretty good UV's on both my lenses. First thing I did is put one on when got the lenses. Yep scratch the filter, not the lens. What the heck is an AF polarizer lens? I'm currently considering getting a good circular polarizing filter. My understanding is circular allows better functioning of the camera's Auto Focus.
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that's what i was referring to, wasn't sure on the site's photo-intensive lingo. I called it an autofocus polarizer so that people who may not understand filters would know.
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UV filter to protect lens surface. I might go for a ND to give me some more breathing room in terms of shutter/aperture control.
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Most of the time we're trying to get a 'good picture' of typical scenes so we'd only want filters that augment that purpose. ND, Polarizing, UV and combinations of these (they screw together) provide a means of improving the image of the existing scene while not distorting it.

Most other filters provide 'creative distortion' of reality or are special purpose. I've used very few distorting filters (borrowed, never bought) to get effects with light rays and such but I always found things like this too artificial for my taste. Might be OK for magazine covers, but not for typical documentary photography which depends on real-word accuracy.

There used to be filters for use with special purpose films like Infrared and Ultraviolet sensitive rolls. You had to shoot the whole roll (generally 12 or 24 frames) dedicated to your purpose in selecting that variety.

I never tried the ultraviolet-sensitive stuff but did use IR films a few times for night photography. For flash use I had a filter that went into the flash-hood. The filter on the flash blocked all visible light (with the help of some black electrical tape) and only the IR got through, avoiding the tell-tale 'flash'. It was fun to put that IR filter on the flash unit and go around taking pictures of friends at late night outdoor events when they thought I wasn't actually taking pictures... Not sure modern DSLRs do this but I did notice the little red IR-focus dot on a number of modern lenses, so maybe.

I probably got the most use out of the Polarized filter as it works well in fog, rain and the glare of bright sunlight. It works well for shots that include the skyline, mountains and any water shots. I liked it best for shots taken on brightly lit water or snow as it reduces the intense 'glowing glare' that often wrecks shots.

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For ski photography, a polarizer is almost a must. Good for cutting down on glare and will act like an ND filter on bright days, but sometimes you need lots of light to shorten exposures.

I'm also a member of the UV filter for protection club. Its funny on photo sites, you'll find lots of folks bashing this idea (I'd say a 50/50 split), but I think skiers put there lenses in more jeopardy than the average shutterbug.
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Yea, UV filter for protection Club FTW. I mainly got it because i mostly shoot skating and i've had too many close calls trying to get things like these...

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Originally Posted by Rick View Post
What filters are you guys using for the slopes?
A UV filter for protection, I just feel better about snow being on my UV filter than on the snow being on the front element of my lenses. Silly, but make me feel better.

A polarizer is another useful filter but mostly in bright sunny weather when you have plenty of light. Sometimes it makes the sky too dark, so watch out for that. Polarizers are pretty ineffective for cancelling glare from the snow (snow has randomly oriented crystals)... Most of the time I just keep a UV filter on.
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