Sorry to sound like a dummy but how do I....

Discussion in 'Digital Photography' started by berkleeboy210, Aug 28, 2008.

  1. berkleeboy210 macrumors 68000

    Sep 2, 2004
    Boston, Massachusetts
    Install a Filter on the lens?

    I can't find it in the manual, and I can't find anything online.

    I'm kind of a DSLR newbie, so forgive me :)

    any help would be appreciated.

    It's a 58mm UV Filter, wanting to install on my new Rebel XSi with the 18-55mm IS Kit Lens.

    Thanks in advance!!
  2. TuffLuffJimmy macrumors G3


    Apr 6, 2007
    Portland, OR
    you should be able to screw it on the end of your camera lens. If it doesn't fit you've bought the wrong filter.
  3. berkleeboy210 thread starter macrumors 68000

    Sep 2, 2004
    Boston, Massachusetts
    it came with a starter kit for the xsi that I bought at CC with the camera. So it should fit just can't figure out how to get it on
  4. Karpfish macrumors 6502a


    Sep 24, 2006
    It should screw right onto the end of the lens without the hood on the lens.
  5. ChrisA macrumors G4

    Jan 5, 2006
    Redondo Beach, California
    Notice that the end of the lens, with the lens hood and lens cap removed has female threads, Notice that the filters has both male and female threads, one set on each side.
    The threads on the filter should thread into the ones on the lens.

    But why would you want to do this? Is the filter good enough quality that it will not degrade the quality of the lens? Likely if it came as part of a kit it is of only "fair" quality at best. The filter offer zero protection from the most likely mishap - impact damage to the lens.

    It is good to use a filter it you are around salt water spray or other stuff that flies through the air and sticks to the glass. Because then you can replace the filter rather then clean the lens. But if you are not in that environment you are best off not using a cheap filter. Good filter do not have much bad effeect on the image but cost half as much as the tpical kit lens.
  6. 66217 Guest

    Jan 30, 2006
    Just curious, which filter are the "good" ones? (i.e. what brand).

    I currently have a Vivitar Skylight 1A in front of my lens to protect it from eventual scratches. It is a macro lens, so it comes pretty close to my subject many times. Is this filter any good?

    EDIT: The filter isn't mine, (from my dad), so I have no idea how much it cost.
  7. jhamerphoto macrumors regular

    Oct 26, 2007
    B+W filters are regarded as some of the best, but you'll definitely pay for it. I just buy Hoya. They're a pretty good quality and a fair price.

    The skylight isn't as good as a protector as a UV or ultraclear, as it has a gentle warm tint and can degrade your colour accuracy. Your AWB settings can account for it, but not 100%.
  8. berkleeboy210 thread starter macrumors 68000

    Sep 2, 2004
    Boston, Massachusetts
    it fits. i was putting it on the wrong way. im sucha idiot sometimes !

    thanks guys!
  9. AlaskaMoose macrumors 65816

    Apr 26, 2008
    B+H and Hoya filters are two of the best. Whatever you do, don't over-tighten the filter in place. Just "snugly" tightened.

    Also, most UV filters are a waste of money, unless you use one to protect the front glass from sand, dust, water splashes, and so fort. UV filters also increase the likelihood of creating glare, specially low quality ones, or when used on super-wide lenses. A lens hood is most times the best protector against front impact on the front glass.

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