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back alley
10-21-2004, 19:52
for black and white shooting.

10-21-2004, 20:07
Depends. Usually have a UV/Skylight on, but use a Yellow or Red on occasion as the image warrants.

10-21-2004, 20:10
Yep. UV, yellow & red. Yellow is on most of the time.

10-22-2004, 00:45
You forgot my favorite - the yellow-green, which is on my lenses 90% of the time.
Exp. for landscapes I prefer the yellow-green over the yellow, because it gives better differentiation in green tones, making leaves, etc. look more plastic; also, while smoothing skin-tones, it does not lighten lips that much; and it gives a natural, not overly dramatic look to the sky (if I want that dramatic look deliberately, I use an orange filter.)

10-22-2004, 05:35
I like yellow, though I would like to try some deeper colors to see how much more contrast they bring out.

10-22-2004, 06:40
It depends on the camera - normally I'd choose orange as I like the increased contrast without getting as dark as red gets, but the camera I use most right now is my Iskra and I haven't found an orange series V filter yet. I do have a yellow series V though, so that's why I put it down above.

I've also got a green, a red and an amber (which I have _no_ clue what it's used for - could someone tell me?) filters for series V. It's a nice litte set.


John Robertson
10-22-2004, 15:51
Yellow/green is real favourite.

10-22-2004, 20:50
I too have started to like the yellow-green as my standard. I have everything: yellow, yellow-green, orange, red-orange, and red with green every now and then. Depends on the situation. But for just one, my vote is the yellow-green.


back alley
10-22-2004, 21:07
i'm surprised that so many shooters go without any 'protection'.

i really prefer my b&w film with a yellow filter. i have never tried a yellow green but had been thinking of maybe an orange to see what it did.


10-24-2004, 13:06
I voted "Red" as I like IR and so have a good Wratten 25 on my Kiev, but the Voigtlander has a factory "orange" ( can't tell, I'm personally pretty much ortho anyway) filter I'm gonna start using.

Kin Lau
10-25-2004, 10:28
Most of my b&w is indoor available light/dark :), so filters don't help at all.

For the outdoor shots, then it's usually green or red + polarizer if there's blue skies, or just a yellow otherwise.

10-25-2004, 15:17
Anybody used Bower filters? If so what's the quality like?

10-25-2004, 16:59
Bower filters are no frills deals, but they're okay - I can't say I have ever noticed a difference between one filter or another another. I have a handful of them kicking around. They were a steal.

The only issue I've had with them and some others is that it is virtually impossible to get the CV lens hoods over them. I've tried it on the 35 and the 90 and it didn't work out.

10-25-2004, 19:36
Thanks, John. I use screw-in lens hoods so that shouldn't be an issue.

10-26-2004, 13:40
I don't go filter-less. I'm rather colorless. A good UV will do to deflect sand and wind, and stop dust before it gets in the lens.

The problem is finding 39mm filters that still let me put the lens cap on. Now, with my other lens, the Hexanon, the only filter that doesn't get stuck on the hood is the B&W that came on my Contax G1's Planar.

So, with the Leicas, UV does it. With anything else, I use a yellow filter.

12-10-2004, 19:17
I have a Nikon Y52 filter on the lens at all times...unless a Polarizer is needed. I'm sticking with it 'til I master it.

12-10-2004, 19:42
UV or skylight inside, yellow outside sometimes

12-10-2004, 19:53
Multicoated UV for color, with a lens hood.

For B&W, no filter indoors, but yellow or orange outdoors. The orange is for use with XP-2 and Delta 3200 when shooting outdoors. Tri-X with a light yellow filter, depending on the clouds.

12-11-2004, 01:06
So far only tried yellow vs no filter, with the filter it seems that my skies are no longer just white patches, but has some definition. This is with Ilford XP2.


04-22-2008, 07:53
I just tried a red filter the other day(found in an old camera bag) and was quite surprised with the results. I've never used a coloured filter before, but think i will in the future.
I'm now looking to try out a yellow filter also.

04-22-2008, 08:08
The yellow-green filter is my favorite also.
I like this filter with certain B&W films.
Efke KB 100 is one, for that look of 60 years ago.