Camera Lens Filters

Camera lens filters protect your camera lens from UV rays, and also cut the glare from the sun to shoot perfect photos even on the brightest days. Multiple types of filters use different effects to change the way the picture looks, creating a more high-quality image. Easy to use and available in a variety of brands, filters are an easy way to change images and improve clarity on the fly.

Special Effects

Different camera filters offer different effects. For instance, UV camera lens filters cut the smog, fog, sunlight, and any other elements out of your image for clearer, crisper image. They also serve to protect your actual lens from moisture and dust. Neutral density camera lens filters absorb light and disperse it evenly across the images, creating more contrast in an image. You can also use ND filters to make an image look softer and slightly blurred. Polarising filters create richer, deeper colours, while infrared filters only let in infrared light.

Size You Up

Filters come in different sizes according to your existing camera lens size. Since most filters screw onto your camera lens, the right size is important. Some typically sizes you'll see range from 52 mm up to 77 mm and even up to 127 mm. This is the circular measurement of the filter.

Get In Shape

Filters aren't limited to round shapes, though that's the most prevalent filter shape. Other shapes include rectangular as well as square filters. Typically, square filters begin with placing a frame over the camera lens. Then, you slide different filters into the frame. These filter systems are handy, but some shooters prefer the traditional screw-on circular design.

Brand Alert

As with most camera equipment, brand matters. Many high-quality and well-known brands offer up filters of various shapes and sizes. Some brand names to keep in mind when you shop include Hoya, Cokin, and Kenko.