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#1 Ryan Katsuoka

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Posted 30 November 2008 - 01:31 AM

So I just got a Canon XH-A1 and I'm looking to buy some filters. I hear that Hoya and Tiffen are trustworthy brands, but what particular filters should I be looking for? I know that UV and circular polarizer are important, is there another one I should be looking at as well, such as Neutral Density? How useful are soft-focus and warming filters?
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#2 Chris Keth

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Posted 30 November 2008 - 12:11 PM

I would have a flat or a UV, a POLA, and ND 3, 6, 9 on hand. The camera has internal NDs so these will just help you to fine tune your stop. I would forego the warming filters. A couple of light diffusion filters are a nice look on HD, just to take the super-sharp edge off of video. I like 'Soft FX' and 'Classic Softs' and the lightest 2 grades of either one would be a good addition.
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#3 Ira Ratner

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Posted 02 December 2008 - 08:26 PM

I don't know squat about video (or much else either), but I would think you would DEFINITELY want to play with a split focus filter, whereas you can have a sharp in-focus shot of a close up, with the infinity coverage in focus as well.

It's just a matter of rotating the filter so one side of it makes the diopter/focus correction, and the other is just clear.

They're a lot of fun to play with for some real interesting effects.

Edited by Ira Ratner, 02 December 2008 - 08:27 PM.

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#4 Chris Keth

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Posted 06 December 2008 - 12:29 AM

Split diopters are fun to play with. They aren't useful very much of the time, though. The shot has to be composed in just the right way to hide the line.
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