Filters: A Necessary Lesson - St. Augustine Photographer
I just got my new Canon 5d Mark II a week ago. My amazing husband took me to the Pittsburgh Zoo and Aquarium to test my lenses and to get use to the changes from the Rebel T2i. Holy guacamole were there a lot of changes. I felt like a total amateur with the Mark II. All the buttons are in different places and the camera just in general takes photos differently. Compared to the Rebel T2i the Mark II takes darker photos. I felt like I had to keep over exposing photos to get the shot right. Another lesson I learned was the value in a good filter. There are 2 basic types of basic filters. There are hundreds of other filters for your camera, but we're just going to focus on UV filters and Polarizing filters. It is always important to have a UV filter on your camera for a couple of reasons. One reason is because if your like me, you're clumsy. The UV filter acts as a barrier between the outside world and your lens. If you scratch your lens, you will pay a fortune to get it fixed. If you scratch your UV filter, you'll pay around $50 to buy a new filter. Another benefit to having a filter is that it will protect your lens from sun damage. So it's safer all around to have one on your lens at all times.
Now the polarizing filter is different. It is great for getting rid of sun glare and allowing your camera to pick up deeper, more vibrant colors. It's really cool and I love my circular polarizing filter. This would have been a great tool to have at the Zoo because most of the animals are behind glass and a filter would have helped to reduce that annoying glare. Nevertheless, here are some examples I threw together to show you the difference.
Look at the difference! Isn't it great? Notice how the sky is bluer? And the colors in general are richer?
And this next one is showing the difference with glass reflections.
Here are some highlights from the Zoo adventure. Enjoy.
Canon 5d Mark II, 28-135 3.5
F 5.6, 1/500, ISO 400
F 5.6 1/250, ISO 400