Quantum Potatoid wrote:The Puget Sound photos above is really awesome!
Besides the 50mm, I'm also looking at filters. Being new to SLRs, are there any that you more experienced SLR-ers would suggest me getting? Specific brands/models? Brands to avoid?
Hoya makes really good filters. I've spent a lot of money on Hoya filters. And I'm starting to think it wasn't all necessary. Spending more money on filters usually gets you two things: clear/"neutral" glass and multi-coating.
Clear (for UV filters, say) or neutral glass (for neutral density filters) doesn't change the color of the light. A good UV filter will only filter UV, and a good ND filter won't filter any specific colors as it darkens the light. However, these things, if they exist, are usually so slight that they aren't noticeable or can be corrected in post processing. Not to mention that some cameras change the colors anyway with their "color modes" or whatever.
Multi-coating keeps your filter cleaner and keeps dust and stuff from adhering to it. However, if you do
happen to get it dirty, it's a bitch
to clean. I dropped a $100+ multi-coated filter in some lake runoff a couple months ago and I still haven't been able to get it completely clean. On the other hand, single-coated filters are easy to clean; just use some distilled water and a micro-fiber cloth.
I recommend going with cheap filters and seeing if you don't like them. I've used Zeikos filters without any problems. Always get a UV filter, because it's actually more for the protection of your lens. Scratch the front of your lens, and you gotta shell out hundreds of dollars for a new one. Scratch the filter, and you gotta sacrifice the cost of dinner out that night (at least if it's your UV/protection filter. . . either way, it's cheaper).