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View Poll Results: For how many of your B&W shoot do you use B&W filters?
80% - 100% 129 18.94%
50% - 80% 115 16.89%
25% - 50% 104 15.27%
10% - 25% 80 11.75%
less then 10% 119 17.47%
I never use them 65 9.54%
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Black and White filters
Old 04-02-2009   #1
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Black and White filters


with so many people using B&W film here, I was wondering how many of you use the filters (yellow, green, red, orange, etc) on a regular basis.

Please only fill the poll if you shoot more than 5 rolls/year.

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Old 04-02-2009   #2
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yellow on fairly a regular basis. Unless I'm pushing the film a bunch, since the contrast boost may push my highlights beyond what I can save in processing.

red is in the bag for occasional use. Along with an ND .9 so I can open up the 50/1.2 a bit if desired.
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Old 04-02-2009   #3
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My Yellow/Green sees the most action outdoors - but I also use a red from time to time (all depends on the colors I am shooting and how I want them rendered).

Indoors - usually none because I usually need to extra speed.
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Old 04-02-2009   #4
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I have a B+W yellow-orange filter, but it really darkens the sky and gives uneven effects if it is partly cloudy, so I don't use it that much. Using it with Tri-X probably didn't help either.
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Old 04-02-2009   #5
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I mostly deal with contrast in lightroom after scanning, so I don't use yellow filters...although I do sometimes use the built-in red filter in my SMC-Pentax 15mm.
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Old 04-02-2009   #6
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Old 04-02-2009   #7
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Hey guys,

I'm only just getting into playing with B&W film, and was wondering if you could explain how the filters will affect my photo's?

As I understand it, whatever colour I choose will be lightened and the opposite of that colour in the spectrum will be darkened?

What about yellow? considering it is such a prominent colour i'm assuming it would give an all round boost to contrast levels in a shot.
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Old 04-02-2009   #9
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I use red for architecture and orange for landscape. I use a #29 red for IR film, even Efke, which recommends an 89B or greater. FOr people, I either use a yellow filter (for women to smooth skin) or green for men, to add to their 'swarthiness'. For a surreal bleached out, sci-fi look, I put a 80A cooling filter on.
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Old 04-02-2009   #10
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I use Yellow most of time and since I just got
a green filter from Dave, I plan to experiment
w/that to see what I can get.

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Old 04-02-2009   #11
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I use yellow a lot and occasionally red.
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Old 04-02-2009   #12
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I have been trying to figure out how the digital filters work in the R-D1. First conclusion is only enhancing contrast in a somewhat brutal way. Digital red works something like orange, but not quite.
There is no filter like a glass one. You can't reproduce the same effect afterwards afaik.
So I plan to use the filters on the R-D1 like I do sometimes on the Digilux 2. And I just got a B&W 093 IR filter! Time to play!
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Old 04-02-2009   #13
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I use a medium yellow for most landscape shots and a light red for architecture - the latter works particularly well for red brickwork!

I do also have a light green filter but really only use it for very occasional forays into portraiture as it seems to work well with skin tones
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Old 04-02-2009   #14
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Somewhat lazily I have standardized on the B+W 040 orange on all lenses when traveling . They come off went it gets too dark though.
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Old 04-02-2009   #16
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I have E39 and E48 Leitz filters, and 40mm and 58mm Canon Slim filters, in yellow, green, orange, and red. Use them all at certain times, depending on subject matter, and desired tonality.
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I use red (less Orange, Yellow, and Green; unless I'm doing Gunge or Fringe photogaphy in the style of the Grunge/Fringe Guru; Chris101) with B&W film, but I hate loosing the shadows so I usually take two shots: one with the other without. I also don't like the fact that the in camera meter is not as accurate with the filter on so I tend to use my totally manual cameras and a handheld or the VCII. It took me some time to get the filter factors accurate with my filters so I like to adjust the f stop by hand.
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Old 04-02-2009   #18
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My yellow is pretty much glued to my Sonnar which is pretty much glued to my ZI.
All I want is for the clouds and the sky to separate and nice tonality overall.
And it helps protect my lens too since I don't believe in lens caps.

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Old 04-02-2009   #19
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Yellow is always on the lens (Fujifilm NEOPAN 400 is almost always the film of choice). Like most no filter in low light and even though it's not part of the questionnaire, the PL is almost the only other filter that gets some use.

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Old 04-02-2009   #20
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I always use a yellow filter on my RF camera but when using a P&S (grv1 or contax 3) i don't.

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Old 04-02-2009   #21
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Old 04-02-2009   #22
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yellow and orange/red, but only on brightish summer and autumn days. For some reason. Hm ...
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Old 04-02-2009   #23
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I rarely carry them, so I rarely use them. With larger formats, I use gelatin filters taped behind the lens prolly 40% of the time with b&w fillm, but with 35mm, I rarely bother. If it's going to be scanned, I can mix the curve and contrast all I like later.
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Old 04-02-2009   #24
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I've settled on yellow-green as a general-purpose filter, and sometimes use light orange. Yellow darkens blue, and lightens yellow and skin. But for landscapes the addition of green keeps the foliage from going too dark, thus the yellow-green combo.
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Old 04-02-2009   #25
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Always yellow with a bit of red or green. Keep meaning to use orange but it never quite happens.
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