Q: How many anti-reflective layers are there in the coatings on the Tiffen 58 CP circular polarizer and precisely what kind of layers are they?
A: The Tiffen Circular Polarizer is not multicoated at all. Multi-coating is a proprietary process, and we seriously doubt that any lens or filter manufacturer will tell you the exact nature and composition of their coating layers. Tiffen Digital HT filters are a state-of-the-art technological breakthrough in multi-coated photo and video filters. Digital HT – High Transmission – filters offer the strength of a Titanium coating combined with the purest optical quality glass and Tiffen’s Academy-Award-winning ColorCore™ technology. They present unmatched scratch-resistant durability and worry-free cleaning while other coated filters on the market today cautiously suggest delicate, if any, cleaning procedures, in fear of destroying the coating (and thereby the filter). Learn more about Tiffen Digital HT filters by clicking here.
Q: I’m looking to get into macro photography, does Tiffen make any close up filters or anything for this?
A: Yes we have a line of close up filters, or diopter filters, great for nature photography. They come in a set of three filters or you can buy them individually in strengths of +1, +2 and +4. Each close up filter has dual threads so they can be combined with other types of filters giving you the creative edge for doing some very unique macro photography without getting a specialized lens.
Q: I am looking for a yellow enhancing filter for fall foliage colors. Which one do you recommend?
A: The unique Tiffen Enhancing Filter is a sure-fire way to improve landscape photography, it’s designed to make reds, rust browns, and oranges “pop” and is great for bringing out fall foliage while keeping other color looking natural. It is not specifically designed to intensify yellow, but it does bring it out to some extent if the foliage includes other colors. We think you will be pleased with the results with fall foliage, especially if you use the Enhancer in conjunction with a Tiffen Circular Polarizer.
Q: I just received a Tiffen Digital Enhancing Kit for my Maxxum 5D camera. I was told that the kit included an ultra clear filter that works like a UV filter, which is what I requested. Is this true?
A: Yes. We believe the filter you are referring to is the Tiffen UV Protector, essentially a clear filter that protects your lenses and provides basic UV protection that minimizes the bluishness you sometimes get when shooting on overcast days, in open shade, or taking pictures of distant scenes. This filter is included in all Tiffen filter Kits and can be left on your lens at all time to protect it from physical damage.
Q: I’m looking for a pair of filters for my newly bought Canon MarkIII camera. I need a Polarizer and a UV filter. Can you recommend any and what size should I get?
A: You can probably find the size you need in your instruction manual or on the outer ring of the lens, and in the worst case, you can measure it with a calipers or metric ruler. In any case, we suggest that you get a Tiffen Circular Polarizer, perhaps the most useful filter overall because it can eliminate or minimize reflections on water or glass, intensify colors, or bring out clouds, and its effects are variable and observable in your camera’s viewfinder and on the LCD. So far as a UV filter is concerned, the most popular is the Tiffen UV Protector, which provides basic UV reduction, and the Tiffen Sky 1-A filter that absorbs about 50% of the UV and adds a bit of warmth, which is useful when shooting outdoors in open shade and on overcast days. Either of these can be left on the lens at all times to protect it from physical damage.
Q: I am taking pictures at a wedding. The theme is white…the building, walls, tables and everything else is white. It’s at night, with candlelight. Is there a filter that would help to capture the moment?
A: Maintaining pure white tones in the building, walls, tables, etc. while capturing the ambience of a candle-lit wedding is a pretty tall order. You don’t mention whether you are shooting digital or film, but if it’s digital, you’ll probably get the best results by setting your White Balance control to Tungsten or a manual setting somewhere between 2500K and 2800K. If there is any way of doing so, shoot some test pictures before the event under the same lighting conditions to see which setting gives you the results you want. In any event, you may have to color correct in post-production–generally its better to err on the reddish side to maintain the atmosphere and let the whites go a little warm if need be. With film, you can reduce unnaturally red tones with a Tiffen 82A filter, which should maintain natural skin tones while preserving the candle-lit mood. You can also try this filter with digital, but be sure to set your White Balance control to the Daylight setting. The main point: Take a series of test shots before the event and see what works best for you.
Q: I am planning a trip to Peru and will visit Machu Picchu. A travel book recommends that I purchase a skylight filter (81B or 81C) to minimize haze/light problems. I have Skylight 1-A filter on my lens. Do I need to purchase a new filter (81B or 81C) or will the Skylight 1-A accomplish the same effect?
A: The Tiffen Skylight 1-A filter absorbs almost half of the UV radiation and is a popular general-use filter that’s helpful when shooting outdoors in open shade and on overcast days because it adds a bit of warmth. For your particular application where haze can be more a problem, we suggest that you get a Tiffen Haze-1 filter that absorbs about 3/4 of the incoming UV, and works well where increased atmospheric haze tends to wash out color and reduce image clarity.
Q: What do you recommend for a tripod and filter kit for someone who is just beginning to take serious pictures (weddings) but still likes to take a lot of nature pics and doesn’t have a lot of money to spend? Both would be for a 67 mm lens and a Canon 20D.
A: Since you are shooting nature as well as weddings with your Canon 20D we would recommend a sturdy but easy-to-carry tripod such as the Davis & Sanford Ranger, model X3T. Your best bet in a filter kit would be the Tiffen Deluxe Enhancer Kit that includes a UV protector filter, a circular polarizer, an Enhancing filter, and Tiffen’s unique 812 warming filter.
Q: I notice that Tiffen offers 3 neutral density filters. I am just getting into the photography game here in Tucson, AZ and don’t anticipate any exotic photographic situations. However,I do like the idea of being able to blur for motion and to blur the background in order to highlight the subject. Please give me your recommendation on which N.D filters I should obtain.
A: Tiffen offers a variety of Neutral Density filters – Solid Neutral Density, IR Neutral Density, Graduated Neutral Density and the Attenuator/Blender in densities ranging from .3 (1-stop) to 3.0 (10-stop) learn more about them by clicking here. Neutral Density filter kits are also available.
Q: I’m looking for a set of filters for black and white photography. Which filters are most useful and then which are the next set of filters that I should consider buying if I have extra money?
A: The most useful filters for black-and-white photography in film or digital are the Tiffen Yellow 8, which is best for natural looking clouds against blue skies, the Green 11, which yields more pleasing skin tones outdoors and reveals the details in foliage, and the Red 25 which creates dramatic cloud effects. Once you have these we would strongly recommend a Tiffen Circular Polarizer, a variable effect filter which can be used to alter contrast, bring out clouds, and minimize reflections on glass or water when used in bright sunlight.
Q: I have a Nikon D50 and Nikon N75, and I use a 62mm AF Nikkor 28-100mm lens, that I switch between both cameras. I’d like to get a filter to get an orangey sunrise/sunset type of shot. What do you recommend? It would be for a beach shot, so water and sky would both be shades of orange.
A: The Tiffen Color-Grad Sunrise filter is tailor-made for creating dramatic orangey sunrise or sunset shots and it is available in the 62mm size. This is a graduated filter designed to make the sky orange, but leave the rest of the scene unaffected when it’s properly positioned. Most people prefer this to an overall orange result, and it certainly looks more realistic. If, for creative reasons you prefer an overall orange effect for both sky and water, you can try a Tiffen Orange 16 filter that’s usually used for dramatic effects in black-and-white. You can opt for a Tiffen Enhancing filter which creates brighter, more saturated reds, browns and oranges, and can be used with a Tiffen Circular Polarizer for dramatic outdoor effects.
Q: I just purchased a Tiffen close-up set of +1,+2,+4 filters. I am interested in getting as close to the subject as possible for photos of bugs, flowers, etc. I’m using the filters on my Nikon D2X camera with a Sigma 105 mm 1:2.8D DG Macro lens. I did not find any instructions with the filters but have read elsewhere that you can combine them. Could you tell me the correct order to combine them and the best method to get as close as possible?
A: The most common advice for stacking close-up lenses is to mount the one with the highest magnification closest to the lens, and in descending order toward the subject. However, stacking more than two close-up lenses at a time can have an adverse effect on image quality, so take a few test shots to vet your setup before shooting anything critical using this method.
Q: I have a question about wide-angle adapters. They carry numerical designations like .45, .5, .6, and .7. Does the view get wider the lower the number?
A: Yes, the effective angle of view gets wider as the numbers decrease because you multiply the focal length of the lens by the numbers you list (which are magnification numbers) to calculate the effective focal length with the converter in place.
Q: Please advise if you still have the enhancing filter for fall foliage.
A: Yes indeed–it’s called the Tiffen Enhancing Filter and it’s ideal for making reds, oranges, browns, and rusts “pop”. For even more dramatic effects with fall colors you can use it with a Tiffen Circular Polarizer.
Q: When shooting portraits with my Nikon digital which “soft” filter do you recommend so the image does not go “mushy”? The lenses and imaging system of today’s digital cameras are just too sharp and have a peculiar way of magnifying the effects of some softening filters. Should I start with a #1 or #2 soft-focus filter instead of the #3 I used when shooting film in my Mamiya RB 67?
A: There are a number of excellent Tiffen soft-effect filters that tone down the harsh sharpness you get with many digital cameras. The Glimmerglass is an exclusive Tiffen filter that gives a very subtle softness in portraiture, and the Black Pro-Mist is also popular among pros. The Soft/FX filters are available in increasing strengths from 1 to 5 and we would start with the lower numbers to see which works best for your applications.
Q: I have purchased a Tiffen Vector Star filter. I have a Panasonic DMC-FZ7 camera, and am getting strange reflection patterns with the Vector Star. Does a digital camera (this has a 12X zoom) preclude the use of star filters? I’m new to the digital world and may be missing something basic here. Can you help?
A: There is no reason that you can’t use a Vector Star filter on a digital camera provided it is mounted correctly. What you see on the LCD is what you should get in the final image. Of course 12X is a very wide zoom range indeed, and at certain focal lengths and focusing distances is it possible that you will get some odd-looking effects due to internal lens reflections, etc. If you are getting unsatisfactory results all the time, there is probably something amiss with the mounting, presuming the filter is not damaged or contaminated. We suggest you try shooting some images at a normal focal length about 1/4 to 1/3 of the way from the wide-angle position toward the tele end to see if you can get a star effect you like.
Q: I have purchased a Tiffen 3 filter kit (TPK1) to be used with my Panasonic DMC-FZ50 digital camera. This camera has a Leica Vario-Elmarit lens. I have no previous experience using lens filters. 1. Should I be able to adjust (properly rotate) the circular polarizer filter by SEEING the effect in the camera’s electronic viewfinder (EVF)? 2. I expect to leave the UV filter on the camera all the time. In addition to the UV filter, can I (or should I) leave the circular polarizer filter on the camera all the time? 3. Can I simultaneously use multiple filters without adversely affecting the picture quality? 4. What does Tiffen recommend for cleaning their filters? Would the same procedure also be appropriate for cleaning the lens?
A: You can certainly see the effect of a Circular Polarizer filter in your camera’s EVF since it is basically a live feed taken of the camera’s CCD. You can also leave the Circular Polarizer and the UV on the camera at all times, but since the Polarizer will also protect the lens, there is no need to leave the UV on unless you’re shooting distant scenes, over water, etc, where a UV is really helpful. Don’s use more than two high quality filters on your camera at once or you can affect sharpness to some degree. Filters are cleaned like lenses–use a microfiber cloth and lens cleaning fluid or pure ethyl alcohol.
Q: I have been a 35mm Nikon and medium-format Pentax 6×7 user for over 20 years. I will be using my current Nikkor lenses on a digital SLR in conjunction with my collection of Tiffen Filters. If I use a digital camera with the Nikkor lenses I have will it be necessary to use different filters?
A: No. In general, digital sensors respond to filters very much like film, and it definitely is not necessary to change the filters you use with your Nikkors when going to a DSLR. However, if you don’t have a Tiffen Circular Polarizer, we would suggest that you try one of these since it is the most useful all-around filter for both digital and film.
Q: I have the Tiffen Ultra Clear, 812, and UV, and I also use an ND2. If I used the the 812 & circular polarizer together, would that make my pictures overly warm? Is it better to use the 812 by itself? My pictures are outstandingly clear, sharp, and beautiful and I’d like to keep it that way. In terms of sharpness and contrast, what should I do to get the maximum effect of the 812?
A: We don’t think that using the Tiffen 812 Warming Filter with a circular polarizer will give an overly warm effect. The polarizer may enhance colors under certain circumstances but it does not provide any additional warming. Indeed, many people have used these two filters in tandem with outstanding results. Stacking two good quality filters should have no visible effect on picture sharpness, but stacking more than two can compromise sharpness a bit.
Q: What is a MC skylight 1A filter? What film is the best used with this filter?
A: The Tiffen filter that corresponds to the filter you’re asking about is the Sky 1-A, a skylight filter that absorbs almost 1/2 of the incoming UV radiation. This popular filter is pink tinted and gives a touch of added warmth and is helpful when shooting outdoor in open shade or on overcast days. It works with any film but is most effective with slide film.
Q: What is an enhancing filter?
A: The exclusive Tiffen Enhancing filter makes reds, oranges, and rust browns “pop” with minimal effect on other colors. It would be a great choice for shooting fall foliage, especially when used in combination with a Tiffen Circular Polarizer. The exclusive Tiffen Enhancing filter has a filter factor of 1, meaning that you open up one f/stop from the indicated reading when using a separate handheld exposure meter. Through-lens metering systems adjust automatically to compensate for the exposure.
Q: I have a Sigma lens, 170-500mm, f/5-6.3, that supposedly takes filter size 86C. I’ve looked in your filter catalog but I can’t seem to find a filter that fits. Apparently I don’t understand the terminology of your catalog. I’m looking for a simple UV protector that screens out some of the UV rays. Can you help me?
A: Tiffen lists a wide variety of filters in the 86C size, but not a UV Protector. The closest filter available would be the Sky 1-A, a popular general use filter that will also protect your lens while absorbing about half the UV radiation, a bit more than the UV Protector. The Sky 1-A has as slight pinkish tint that adds a touch of warmth that’s especially helpful when shooting in open shade or on overcast days. You might also consider the Tiffen Haze-1 filter that absorbs about 3/4 of the UV, and the Warm UV which adds more warmth than the Sky 1-A. All are available in the 86C size.
Q: I shoot with an HP Photosmart 945 camera with a TIF-HP850A-D adapter to allow me to use a 43mm tele-converter Lens. I’m wondering if this is the right combination. When using these together, it is unable to focus, it is very fuzzy almost dreamlike.
A: The Tiffen adapter you cite is the correct one for your application with your HP Photosmart 945 camera, and we are not able to state with certainty why you are getting fuzzy results. However you could be using the wrong tele-converter for your camera. Is it a Tiffen or HP unit specifically recommended for your camera model? Also is the tele-converter clean, in good condition, and screwed all the way in?
Q: My digital photos are very orange under the school gym’s mercury vapor lights. I use a Canon EOS 10D set at 3200 ISO since no flash is allowed during volleyball games. What Tiffen filter should I use?
A: Mercury vapor lighting is tough to correct. Usually it is done with a couple of color correction filters, in this case, to correct for daylight-balanced capture a CC40M and a CC20Y would be called for. Of course a color-temperature meter is the best way to get a precise reading on the color output. The average person is not going to have all this, so what we suggest is a CC30M (magenta) filter or even the FL-D (daylight fluorescent) filter. Neither of these will provide perfect color balance but either does a decent job. The easiest solution would be to use one of the filters mentioned last and then fine-tune the results with computer color balance program.
Q: I would like to know something more about Tiffen’s ColorCore technology. Is the core of the filter made of gel or is it glass?
A: The Tiffen ColorCore technology is a secret proprietary formula so we cannot tell you the exact composition of the material used. However, most Tiffen filters are laminates, which has the advantage of providing uniform color and density even after the filter is polished to our exacting specifications. This system has proven extremely reliable and consistent over many decades of filter production
Q. What is the difference between a Circular Polarizer and a Linear type?
A. A Circular Polarizer is for all cameras, especially still cameras with autofocus or cameras with “Beam Splitting “ metering systems. The circular works just like a linear, except it doesn’t adversely affect the function of these systems. For more info about different types of Polarizer filters, click here.
Q. Which filter should I use if I want to take available light pictures in a room that is lighted only by household tungsten light bulbs.
A. If you have daylight balanced film in your camera, you want to use the 80A filter. This filter converts the 5600 degree color temperature of daylight to match the 3200 degree color temperature of the tungsten light bulbs.
Q. Can I put more than one filter on my camera lens?
A. Yes, you can. Our screw in filters ( except for the the WID types ), are double threaded and can be screwed together. Stacking filters can create different effects and bring out your creativity. The only caution is that as you put more filters on the lens you can create vignetting or the cutting off of the corners of your picture. This can happen more with wide angle lenses.
Q. Does Tiffen make filters for Ultra Wide lenses?
A. We do not make every filter for this purpose. In sizes 58 to 77MM, we make the Circular Polarizer, UV Protector, Skylight, Haze and Enhancing Filters in a very thin ring, so thin there are no threads for stacking filters.
Q. I have a 35MM SLR camera with thru the lens metering. I am using Black and White film with the Red 25 Filter on it. How many stops do I open the lens in order to compensate for the density of this filter?
A. Actually, you do not have to adjust the lens at all. Since you have thru the lens metering, your exposure system is reading the light coming thru the filter and is already adjusting for the loss of light due to the density of the filter.
Q: I have the Sony Alpha 100 digital camera, with the 18-70mm f/3.5-5.6 lens and would like to know which filters would be best for it?
A: We would suggest a Tiffen Circular Polarizer as your first choice, and the Tiffen Photo Essentials Kit if you prefer the most useful set. The Circular Polarizer is a very useful variable-effect filter that can eliminate or minimize reflections in water and on glass, bring out clouds against a blue sky, and intensify colors. The Kit includes a Circular Polarizer a UV Protector filter that protects your expensive lens from damage and cuts the excess blue you sometimes get when shooting landscapes of scenes over water, Tiffen’s unique 812 Warming Filter and a 4-pocket filter pouch.
Q: I have recently taken up the hobby of photography. Purchased a Panasonic DMC FZ-30 with Tiffen Filter Kit which included four filters, Digital Ultra Clear Filter, 812 Warming Filter, Enhancing Filter and Circular Filter. I am going to Rome in November and trying to determine the best filter to use in museum. Many museums will only allow you to take pictures without a flash. Would the Clear or Warming Filter be best? If I’m allowed to use flash which filter would be best? Or do you recommend a completely different filter?
A: Since it is impossible to conjecture what the ambient lighting would be in the museum, we suggest you use the clear glass Protective Filter when shooting with or without flash. If the lighting is cool white fluorescent (common in museums) a Tiffen FL-D filter would be best for shooting non-flash pictures. If the lighting is standard incandescent bulbs, set your white balance control to Tungsten for the best color balance.
Q: I have a Kodak P850 camera and bought the Tiffen filter kit TPK1 which includes a UV Protector, 812 warming filter and a Circular Polarizer. I don’t have a clue how to use these. Where do I start?
A: Assuming you know how to mount the filters on your camera, the UV protector removes some UV radiation that sometimes shows up as excess blue in distant scenes and pictures taken over water, and it also protects your lens from physical damage caused by dust, sand, rain, etc. You can leave it on your camera at all times except when using the other two filters. The 812 is a warming filter that improves skin tones in picture taken on cloudy days of in the shade on sunny days. The Circular Polarizer is a variable filter that you control by turning the front ring and looking at the image on the LCD. It can be used to eliminate reflections on water or glass, to make clouds stand out against a blue sky, or to enhance colors. The Tiffen Circular Polarizer is probably the single most useful filter you can own.
Q: I have just bought a Nikon D50 camera and lens and want to fit a filter to protect the lens but would also like to have one to give me some optical benefits as well. Is the Haze-1 or 2 better than the general UV? Does it require any exposure adjustment and if so will the camera system deal with that? Advice on the polarizing filters would also be appreciated. I don’t specialize in any particular fields of photography — mostly vacation type pictures and lots of shots of my grandchildren!
A: The Tiffen UV Protector filter is the best all-round filter for protecting your lenses from physical damage. It also provides basic UV absorption and will reduce the bluish casts you sometimes get when shooting distant scenes or over water. If you want additional UV absorption, you can use the Tiffen Sky 1-A, another popular general use filter that cuts UV by nearly 50% and is helpful when shooting in open shade or on overcast days. We would use a Haze-1 or the stronger Haze 2A filter when shooting under hazy conditions, especially aerial shots and mountain scenes. There are some photographers who use a Haze filter at all times, and none of these filters require an exposure increase. The choice is yours.
As for Polarizers, by all means get a Tiffen Circular Polarizer for your D50 with 18-200mm Tamron lens. This adjustable filter will eliminate reflections on water or glass, bring out clouds against a blue sky, and enhance color saturation. As you will appreciate after using it, the Circular Polarizer is the single most useful filter you can buy.
Q: I have a debate running at work. With a Tiffen warming or circular polarizer, can either of these filters be used along with a UV protector or Sky 1? Also, do you set the white white balance before you install the filter or can you set it while the filter is already on?
A: You can certainly stack a Tiffen Warm filter or a Circular Polarizer with a UV Protector or a Sky 1 filter, but stacking filters can reduce image quality slightly and we wouldn’t recommend it as the ideal solution, especially with the Circular Polarizer. In general, whenever you use a filter to obtain a specific color effect, set the white balance first, and then apply the filter. If you do it the other way around, the AWB will cancel the effect of the filter. To be on the safe side, we suggest you use the same procedure with UV Protector or Sky 1 filters, but the Circular Polarizer will do its job irrespective of when or you set the balance control.
Q: I have a Panasonic DMC- FZ30PP Lumix 8 mega pixel 12 X zoom camera and am planning on buying a Tiffen UV Protector filter but I’m not sure which one. Can you please help me?
A: If you have an instruction manual for your Panasonic DMC-FZ30, the filter sized should be listed in the specifications. Sometimes it’s listed on the lens identification ring or barrel as a circle with a line through it followed by a number, which is the filter thread diameter in millimeters. As a last resort, you can measure the diameter yourself with a millimeter rule or calipers. Unfortunately, this spec is not listed on the Panasonic website or in posted test reports on this camera or we would have given it to you directly.
Q: What filter would you recommend for ‘general use’? I shoot mostly nature/scenic/travel photos and I live in Vancouver, BC. Is there one filter that should remain on the lens ‘all the time’?
A: If you are going to keep the filter on at all times to protect the lens, we suggest you get the Tiffen UV Protector, which provides basic UV reduction as well. It will reduce the excess bluishness in images shot at high altitudes, of distant scenes, or when shooting over water. The Tiffen Skylight 1-A filter is also suitable for this purpose and many photographers leave it on the lens at all times. It absorbs almost half the UV and is pink-tinted to add a touch of warmth. It generally produces more pleasing skin tones when shooting outdoors in open shade or on overcast days. In short, either filter will suit your purpose and the choice really depends upon whether you want a touch of extra warmth or not. Of course, you can also get both filters and tailor your choice to your requirements and shooting conditions.
Q: Could you please supply any information regarding Tiffen kits i.e., Deluxe Enhancing kit and Photo Essentials intro kit?
A: The Tiffen Deluxe Enhancing Kit includes a UV Protector filter, 812 Color Warming filter, Circular Polarizer, an Enhancing Filter which makes colors (especially reds and reddish browns) “pop”, and a 4-pocket filter pouch. The Photo Essentials Kit has all of the above except for the Enhancing Filter. Both are available in standard sizes ranging from 37-82mm. For more info, go to www.tiffen.com.
Q: I have Sony digital camera model DSC-R1 that takes 67 mm filters. I need filter just to protect the lens from scratches, dust, etc. What do you suggest?
A: We would suggest a Tiffen UV Protector filter in 67mm size. This filter is primarily designed to physically protect your expensive lens from damage, but has the added benefit of reducing the excess bluishness you sometimes get when photographing distant and high-altitude scenes or shooting over water.
Q: I have a Nikon Coolpix 995 digital camera. I have misplaced my step- up adapter and a lens. Now nobody seems to have heard of such a thing! I really did have one! Can you tell me please what adapter ring I need for my Coolpix 995, so I can use some of the nice lenses and filters and protectors I have?
A: The good news is that the Tiffen step-up adapter you need is a Nikon 900AD. The bad news is that this is a discontinued item and we have none left in stock. However, you can probably locate one by checking around with local camera dealers or online at larger stores.
Q: Which is best, leaving a protective filter to on the lens and adding a circular polarizer on top, or removing the protective filter before installing the polarizer?
A: A Tiffen UV Protector filter can be kept on your lens at all times to protect it. It provides the added benefit of removing the excess bluishness often seen in distant scenes or shots taken over water, etc. You can mount a Tiffen Circular Polarizer on top of your UV Protector if you wish, or you can remove the UV and replace it with the polarizer if you prefer–the results will be virtually the same.
Q: I have an HVX200 and am planning to shoot a lot outdoors. I need to get a good selection of filters for plenty of shooting options. Also I will be traveling to South America and want to obtain the best possible results from my trip. What would you suggest?
A: Essential filters for your HVX200 in South America and elsewhere would include: A Tiffen Circular Polarizer which can enhance color intensity, bring out clouds against a blue sky, and control or eliminate reflections on water and glass; a Tiffen UV Protector filter which will physically protect your lens and reduce UV radiation which often shows up as excessive bluishness in distant scenes and shots taken over water; a Tiffen Haze 2A filter which maintains color and image clarity at high altitudes, and in mountain scenes, aerial shots and marine scenes; a Tiffen Enhancing Filter which makes reds, oranges and rust browns “pop”‘; and Tiffen Color Grad half clear, half colored filters (take a look at the Blue 3, Tropic Blue, Sunrise 3 and Sunset 3) which can give spectacular skies and sunrise/sunset effects without altering the rest of the scene.
Q: I have Canon PowerShot S2 IS. I’m thinking of using a circular polarizer filter with it. But some photographers say these filters are designed for SLR cameras, not give good effects in compact cameras like the PowerShot series and Canon doesn’t make filters for them. I’m really confused. Are UV protector and circular polarizer filters suitable for the PowerShot series? Can they make good pictures when the sun is reflecting strongly off the subject? How good are Tiffen filters? Does anybody have with and without filter comparison shots made with a PowerShot S-series camera? I’ve seen lots of SLR pics with filter and they’re awesome but I wonder whether I can get similar results with my camera?
A: To use Tiffen filters on your Canon PowerShot S2IS you will need a Canon conversion lens adapter. This will allow you to mount any Tiffen 58mm filters such as the UV protector or the Circular Polarizer on your camera. Tiffen filters are of excellent quality and are used by many leading professional photographers and Hollywood movie studios. We regret that we have no side-by-side comparison shots made with an S2IS both with and without a Circular Polarizer, but you may rest assured that the effects, such as bringing out clouds against a blue sky, intensifying colors, and eliminating reflections on water or glass, are dramatic and effective. In short, filters will produce the same kinds of effects with your S2IS as they will on a digital SLR.
Q: I’m wondering if you can supply me with an adapter, UV filter, circular polarizer, set of macro lenses and 2X telephoto for a Canon S2IS camera. Would these accessories work with this type of camera and if so what would be the part #’s and where would I order them?
A: In order to mount any kind of filters on your Canon S2IS you need a Canon conversion lens adapter (about $15). This will allow you to mount any Tiffen 58mm filters such as a UV Protector or a Circular Polarizer. Tiffen does not supply macro lenses for this camera, but Canon does offer a telephoto conversion lens.
Q: I’m going to Alaska and I’m wondering what type of filter or filters would be best for taking pictures with my Canon EOS Rebel XT?My lenses are both Canon; EF28-135mm f/3.5-5.6 IS USM and EF70-300mm f/4-5.6 IS USM
A: By all means get a Tiffen Circular Polarizer! This outstanding filter brings out clouds, enhances color contrast and controls many reflections. Other Tiffen filters you might consider are a UV Protector filter to protect your lenses and removed some of the bluishness in distant landscapes, and the Tiffen Enhancing filter which creates brighter, more saturated reds, rust browns and oranges, and provides dramatic outdoor effects when used along with a polarizer. Get all filters in the size of your largest-diameter lens and use a step-down ring to mount them on the smaller diameter lens.
Q: Our company owns a Fujinon A8.5 x 5.5 BERM 28C Wide Angle lens. I need a protective filter to screw on to the front. Which of your excellent filters do you recommend and what is the price?
A: Unfortunately there is no general list of all possible lenses and their filter sizes. Assuming your Fujinon lens has a threaded filter ring at the front, you have to measure its diameter with a calipers or metric ruler to find out the correct diameter in millimeters of the Tiffen filter you need. The best one for your stated application is the Tiffen UV Protector. Prices vary with size and type and are set by the dealer.
Q: Which filters should I use for the Nikon D50 digital camera?
A: Practically any Tiffen filter is usable on your Nikon D50–the size depends on the diameter of the filter ring on the front of your lens or lenses (they’re listed in the specs or you can measure them will a millimeter ruler). Essential filter for digital SLRs include the Tiffen Circular Polarizer, a variable filter than can be used to intensify colors, bring out clouds, and eliminate reflections on glass or water, and the Tiffen UV Protector filter, which will protect your lenses from physical damage, sand, and dust while eliminating the bluishness you get when shooting distant landscapes or over water.
Q: I own a Canon PowerShot G6 digital camera. Along with a teleconverter lens for this camera I just purchased your Tiffen UV Protector filter. Even though my manual says not to use filters, would your UV Protector filter have any affect or is it as you indicate a protection against dust, moisture etc. and can be left on my camera at all times.
A: You can certainly leave your Tiffen UV Protector Filter on your Canon at all times. It will have no noticeable effect on image quality and will protect your lens from dust, debris, fingerprints, etc. This filter absorbs about have the UV radiation, so it is if some help in toning down the bluishness you sometimes get when photographing distant landscapes, over water, etc. but it will not affect your auto white balance control.
Q: I have a Canon, EOS, Elan 2 with a zoom lens, 28-80mm. I would like a circular polarizer for this lens. The UV protector is a 58mm. Should I get the same size polarizer filter – a 58mm?
A: Yes, if you’re using a Tiffen 58mm UV Protector, a 58mm Tiffen Circular Polarizer is the way to go wth your with your Elan 2 and 28-80mm lens.
Q: Please give me some information about the Tiffen 62mm Sky 1-A filter.
A: The Tiffen Sky 1A filter is a popular general use filter that absorbs about half the UV radiation in the scene and adds a touch or warmth due to its slight pinkish hue. It’s especially helpful in shooting outdoors in open shade and on cloudy days but you can also leave it on the lens as a lens protector since it does not alter the exposure.
Q: Which Tiffen filters would you recommend for my Olympus e500 camera. I shoot mainly landscapes and wildlife.
A: Your Olympus e500 is a DSLR so you have a great choice. Essential filters for your system would include a Tiffen Circular Polarizer, the most useful all-around filter, Tiffen UV Protector filters to protect your expensive lenses and reduce UV, and Tiffen Color Grad filters (such as the Sunset 3 and Blue 3) to perk up areas of sky without affecting the foreground.
Q: I have a Kodak DX7630 digital camera, with a 37mm lens adapter. I am looking for close-up lenses to suit. Do you have these?
A: Yes we do. We would suggest you get the 37mm 3-Lens Close-Up Kit, which includes +1, +2, and +4 filters that can be used in combination to yield a variety of strengths, plus a carrying pouch. To maintain optimum image quality, do not stack more than two of these lenses at a time.
Q: I have a Kodak P850 camera and bought the Tiffen filter kit TPK1 which includes a UV protector, 812 filter and a circular polarizer. I don’t have a clue how to use these. Where do I start?
A: Assuming you know how to mount the filters on your camera, the UV Protector removes some UV radiation which sometimes shows up as excess bluishiness in distant scenes and pictures taken over water, and it also protects your lens from physical damage caused by dust, sand, rain, etc. . You can leave it on your camera at all times except when using the other two filters. The 812 is a warming filter that improves skin tones in picture taken on cloudy days or in the shade on sunny days. The Circular Polarizer is a variable filter that you control by turning the front ring and looking at the image on the LCD. It can be used to eliminate reflections on water or glass, to make clouds stand out against a blue sky, or to enhance colors. The Tiffen Circular Polarizer is probably the single most useful filter you can own.
Q: I have a Minolta Maxxum 7 35mm SLR and have a filter question. I’m taking pictures of my son’s outdoor soccer games with a 70-210 lens and I’m trying to get the grass to be a bit greener, the sky a bit bluer and the kids’ uniforms a bit more brilliant. I was thinking of using a circular polarizer. Will that give me the results I’m looking for? Do you have any other suggestions?
A: So long as you are shooting on a sunny day, a Tiffen Circular Polarizer has the potential of enhancing colors and deepening a blue sky. The effects you can achieve is also dependent on your shooting angle with respect to the light source–google “using polarizers” or go to www.tiffen.com for complete info on how to employ these fantastically versatile filters. A Tiffen Enhancing filter can also be used with a Polarizer to create dramatic outdoor effects, particularly in making reds, oranges, and browns “pop.”
Q1: Does a polarizer cause image problems with the imaging device in digital cameras?
Q2: Do the imaging devices in digital cameras respond evenly to all colors or do they have sensitive sections like extended blue sensitivity in many B&W films? Do the filter effects used in B&W photography function the same in capturing a monochromatic digital image?
A: No. In general, digital systems respond much like film in terms of color capture. Indeed, the best digital systems are superior to film in terms of color accuracy. No system responds “evenly” to all colors–even the human eye’s sensitivity peaks in the green, and is less sensitive at either end of the spectrum. A polarizer, and virtually all filters respond quite similarly with film or digital, and you can use black-and-white filters when shooting digital black-and white as well.
Q: I have a new Canon GL-2 with a wide-angle adaptor WD-58H. I’m shopping for a polarizing filter and have a few questions: 1: I assume that the polarizing filter will be mounted between the camera lens and the wide-angle adaptor, yes? That’s because both are 58mm and there are no mounting threads on the outside of the wide-angle lens adaptor. 2. The Canon WD-58H wide-angle lens adaptor is a “zoom through” adaptor, allowing me full zoom capability. Will the insertion of a polarizing filter between the camera lens and the wide-angle lens adaptor disrupt that function? 3.Can you recommend a Tiffen polarizing filter for this setup? My goal is to control sky in outdoor setting. I especially would like to use the filter to avoid making the sky look washed out, and make clouds look more dramatic.
A: A 58mm Tiffen Circular Polarizer will certainly do what you want on your Canon GL-2, but using it in conjunction with the Canon WD-58H adaptor will be tough. Certainly the ideal location for such a filter would be at the front of the lens, or at the front of the adaptor. It is not clear how you would turn the control ring of the polarizer if you mounted the filter in between the lens and the adaptor, and this is not the ideal location optically. That being said, you could try this setup, and it may work satisfactorily for your purposes. However, you may have to rotate the WA adapter, or remove it and rotate the ring, to vary the polarization effect.
Q: Can I use the circular polarizer filter with manual focus camera (Nikon FM 10) or just stick with an ordinary polarizer?
A: The nice thing about a circular polarizer is that it will work in all applications where a linear polarizer can be used, so yes it will work just fine on your FM10.
Q: Is the Tiffen 58mm circular polarizer multicoated? Do you make a neutral density 58mm filter – I have not used a neutral density filter before, but have been told that they are good for bright sunny days when time does not permit you to take picture early in the morning or late in the afternoon. Is a polarizer more useful?
A: The Tiffen Circular Polarizer is not multicoated. However filters are not like multi-element camera lenses and there is virtually no performance difference between multicoated and non-multicoated filters. Furthermore, multicoatings are often fragile and a damaged coating can be worse than no coating at all. While the Tiffen Circular Polarizer is generally more useful overall (in eliminating reflections, bringing out clouds on sunny days, and intensifying colors) than a Neutral Density filter, the latter can be helpful in letting you shoot at wide apertures in bright light, which decreases depth of field and helps the subject “pop” off the out-of-focus background. If you want to create dawn or dusk effects in bright sunlight we’d try a Tiffen Sunrise 3 or a Sunset 3 Color-Grad filter which will give the effect you want without altering the colors in the scene too much. All the filters mentioned are available from your dealer in the 58mm size.
Q: I have a Canon digital S2 IS and am considering a circular polarizer but cannot find any info on using a polarizer on a digital camera. The filter I am considering is from B&H Photo and is Tiffen model 58DVVEK. Can you tell me if a polarizer can be used on a digital or if a filter is even necessary at all? I’m new to the digital camera scene and am not sure if I should even be using a polarizer. I’m just going on the results I used to have when I used a polarizer with my 35mm SLR. I have an older Tiffen ‘Filters and Lens Accessories’ pamphlet, but digital cameras aren’t mentioned.
A: The circular polarizer is an essential filter for both digital and film photography and it performs exactly the same functions in both types of capture media, namely controlling reflections on water or glass (but not metal) surfaces, enhancing colors and color contrast, bringing out clouds, etc. Even digital shooting pros who rely on Photoshop and other programs to mimic the effects of other filters almost always have a first class circular polarizer such as a Tiffen Circular Polarizer on hand because there’s really no substitute for a good polarizer. A Tiffen Circular Polarizer will certainly work on your Canon S2 IS, but it’s even more effective on a digital SLR such as a Canon Rebel XT because it’s easier to preview its effects in the camera’s optical eye-level viewfinder than in an electronic viewfinder (EVF) or on an LCD.
Q: What is the difference between the Tiffen W44UPOL and the 44POL filters?
A: The 44POL is a linear polarizer, and the W44U POL is a linear polarizer made of water white glass that acts as a kind of super polarizer that give brilliant blue skies. Both are 4×4 Tiffen filters intended primarily for motion picture use.
Q: I will be spending my summer shooting surfers. Keeping in mind that some days are sunny and other overcast, which filter is best for me? I’m not looking for any special effects, just the best pictures I can get. I am assuming the filter should be a polarizer. My lens takes 86mm filters.
A: You’re on the right track–a Tiffen 86mm circular polarizer would be your best choice in providing optimal image control on sunny days–its effect will be marginal on overcast days. On overcast days, a Tiffen Sky 1A Filter will absorb almost half the UV, and is especially helpful in eliminating the bluish tint you often get when shooting on overcast days or outdoors in open shade.
Q: We are developing a system product, which will require a polarizer filter to be attached to the front of a projectors lens. We have used B+W 77mm TOP-POL polarizer, and we have a problem of it getting damage by what I suspect UV or IR emitted by projectors light bulb. The damage looks like three circular clearer spots arrange in triangle. The damage is not uniform, each spot develops with different speed and if use is discontinued soon enough only one spot will be visible. The damage shown is done using NEC LT260 DLP Projector (2400 Lumens). We are hoping you could suggest a product that may prolong the life of the polarizer. At this time I believe the damage can be pretty severe after just a couple of hours.
A: We believe that the damage to the B&W Polarizer may be due to excessive heat– therefore heat-absorbing glass may be needed. We do not offer this product so you will need to fund another source. In short, we do not think UV radiation alone can do that to glass.
Q: My dad has a Canon A75 camera and for his birthday I was thinking of getting him a telephoto lens – can you tell me if any of your products would fit and what i would need to buy to make it all fit and work. Also if you could let me know prices or dealers that would be great.
A: Tiffen does not offer interchangeable lenses for Canon SLRs. However, a Tiffen Circular Polarizer filter in the correct diameter to fit your dad’s Canon lens is a great gift that will make him happy by improving his picture-taking flexibility. It’s one filter every photographer, film or digital, ought to have in his or her camera bag. You can find this filter and a Canon-mount lens if you want one, at your local photo dealer.
Q: I have Konica Minolta 5D with 50 f/1.7, 18-70, and 75-300mm lenses. What circular polarizer do you recommend? Which sizes do I need and will one filter work on all 3 lenses?
A: We do not have comprehensive lists of filter thread diameters, but in general your best bet is getting a Tiffen Circular Polarizer that fits your largest-diameter lens (probably the 70-300mm) and use step-down rings to mount the same filter on your other two lenses. Your local camera dealer should be able to help you with the specs or measurements of the thread diameters, etc.
Q: I’ve got a Canon 300D Digital Rebel and the only filters I’ve used are circular polarizers and clear UV filters. I recently ended up with a Tiffen 812 Warming Filter in a kit that I purchased and I might just be thinking too much, but wouldn’t the auto-white balance of the camera be thrown off by the use of the warming filter? It seems the only way to really use it would be to do a custom white balance on the camera without the warming filter, and then use the filter after setting the white balance. Does that make sense or am I just, like I said, thinking too much? Oh, one other question, I have a Tiffen 77TPK1 filter set (now you know where the warming filter came from). Are those filters multicoated?
A: Your conjecture is correct–you cannot use a Tiffen 812, or any other warming filter with your digital camera set to Auto White Balance (AWB). I would advise you to choose a custom setting as you suggest to obtain a predictably pleasant warming effect with your Tiffen 812. This filter is not multicoated but this should not make any perceptible difference in the results you get.
Q: My wife is about to move from using Hasselblad medium format to a Canon 30D digital for her wedding photography. We purchased a Canon EF 24-70mm f/2.8L USM lens. It has a 77mm thread. Which Tiffen filter system would be the optimal one to use with this lens without sacrificing any its qualities?
A: Any Tiffen glass threaded filter in 77mm size will work well with your 24-70mm Canon lens and D30. For digital wedding photography, we would suggest a Tiffen Circular Polarizer for overall image control in outdoor shooting, Tiffen Soft/FX and Warm Soft/FX for romantic portraiture, and Tiffen Pro-Mist and Pro-Mist 2 filters for a soft look that minimizes blemishes. Using these filters while shooting is a lot more efficient, and far less time-consuming than fixing it later in Photoshop.
Q: I’m going to the Antarctica in 2007 and wondering if I need any special filters for my Canon SLR digital camera. Since it is called the “White Continent”, I was wondering if I needed more contrast. What do you suggest?
A: We suggest you get a Tiffen Circular Polarizer filter in a large enough size to cover most of your lenses with appropriate step-down rings for mounting it on smaller-diamter lenses. This filter will let you increase contrast and/or color saturation under many shooting conditions. You might also consider a Tiffen Warming Polarizer, especially if you’re shooting slide film and the lighting is often on the cool side, plus a Tiffen Wide-Angle Circular Polarizer if you plan on using lenses wider than about 24mm. A Tiffen Haze-1 filter may also be beneficial because it eliminates about 3/4 of the UV that tends to wash out color and image clarity.
Q: I bought a 10-22mm wide-angle lens for my Canon SLR and have mounted a 77mm Tiffen WA Haze-2 filter on that I leave in place all the time. However, the standard Canon lens will not fit the lens with the filter in place. Is there any solution?
A: Yes. If you want to leave the WA Haze-2 filter on your lens, the solution is to obtain a generic non-Canon push-on lens cap for your lens. These are available from most photo specialty retailers. We suggest you bring the lens with you to make sure the lens cap fits easily over the filter ring, but snugly enough so it doesn’t fall off.