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Rodenstock UV and Polarizing filters

Protect those lenses, cover them with a filter By John Virata

One of the most important camera accessories that you can purchase after your initial digital SLR camera acquisition has to be a lens protector, either a UV rated lens filter or a polarizer, or both. While these are made primarily for use as a lens filter, they do double duty as a lens protector. I have been using lens protector on all my SLR cameras since I acquired an SLR in 1985, a Canon AE-1 Program. I used a polarizing filter on the standard 50mm lens and that is when I learned how to turn the filter to get different results.

Now that Digital SLRs are widely available for consumers at inexpensive price points, it is important for newbies who are stepping up from the point and shoot digital cameras to take care of their lenses, because isn't that one of the reasons why folks buy a digital SLR in the first place? My current crop of filters range from Hoyas to Kodak filters, to my latest, Rodenstock HR Digital models the company recently sent for review.

The Rodenstock HR series are high quality lens filters, built in Japan of superior glass and metal (as compared to my current crop of Philippine made filters). The company sent a 58mm UV MC filter and a 58mm Polarizer multi-coated circular filter, which I promptly attached to the lens on my first generation Canon Digital Rebel SLR. These filters are targeted at digital SLR camera owners but will work on any 58mm lens.


No filter used. Click for full view.

Rodenstock Polarizing filter used. Click for full view.

Rodenstock UV MC filter. Click for full view.

Rodenstock Polarizing filter used and turned.

The Rodenstock  Polarizing filter will help to reduce reflections and will enhance your images in situations where you wish to deepen the color saturation. They make the scene more clear by filtering out unwanted light and reflections. I've had good success with them when there are plenty of cloud formations with good patches of blue sky. You can turn the ring on the filter to control the intensity of light reflections and the saturation of colors in your images. This is also especially helpful in scenes where there is a lot of reflection, such as water scenes at a beach or lake. With good cumulus clouds, you can really get nice outlines against a blue sky.

No filter used

Rodenstock Polarizing filter. Notice the greener water.

Rodenstock Polarizing filter used and adjusted. Notice Catalina Island is not visible. Click for full view.

 

 Rodenstock Polarizing filter with a tweak of the rotator

Rodenstock UV filter used

While the UV filter is designed to absorb ultra violet light without causing any real change to your exposure, the UV filter is also an ideal filter to protect your expensive lens from scratches, bumps and other potential mishaps that could occur when using your camera or when in your camera bag.

First Impressions
Again, the Rodenstock filters are high quality models that feature a unique hardcoat to resist scratches, scratches that, without the filter, could surely damage your expensive lenses. These models meet RoHS standards, are built in Japan, as opposed to China or the Philippines, and show very high quality construction. In fact, the company begs you to get smudges on them and regulary wipe those smudges away with a cleaning cloth, which I did, even using the eraser test, rubbing the eraser over the filter several times and cleaning with a cleaning cloth. Water and other liquids slide right off the filters as well, so there should be no problem shooting in certain rainy situations or when shooting near the beach when salt is in the air.

If you are new to digital SLR cameras and don't have a set of filters, the first two that you should purchase are a Polarizer and a UV filter. These units will do double duty as a protector of your lenses.  For more information, visit www.rodenstock-photo.com


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John Virata is senior editor of Digital Media Online. You can email him at jvirata@digitalmedianet.com
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