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12/03/2007 05:14:42 PM · #1
Hi all,

I'm fortunate enough to be getting a Nikon D40 (incl 18-55mm lens) for Christmas, woohoo! Which will be my first "proper" camera. :)

So question is, if I have some funds to get some accessories such as filters, what would you recommend? I already have a tripod/camera bag/memory cards/software etc. I like to take landscape shots and want to have a go at portraits and close-up macro shots. Although I don't think I can afford another lens just yet.

Are there a couple of filters that people always have in their kit as standard? Also what brand would you recommend?

Thanks in advance.
12/03/2007 05:19:03 PM · #2
UV Filter
12/03/2007 05:19:49 PM · #3
Congrats on the new camera!

I'd say the accessory which makes the most difference would be an external flash and a wireless controller. This will allow you to start experimenting with shooting flash off-camera. Also, reflectors etc. (but you can make these yourself) Especially if you're getting into portraits.

If you want to get a filter, then a circular polariser is a nice one, good for shooting outdoors. Most other filter effects you can achieve in post-processing. If you're going to be doing long exposure shots, then some neutral density (ND) filters would be a good idea.

Apart from my polariser (hoya I think is the brand I've got), the only other filters I have are UV filters; clear glass which protects the lens from scratches.
12/03/2007 05:27:54 PM · #4

I have bought an SB400 so can't wait to try that out.

UV, something like:




Would these two be a good start then? Also do most people leave the UV one on all the time?
12/03/2007 05:30:14 PM · #5
The UV filter is just to protect the lens, the brand doesn't matter as much. And yes, leave it on all the time.

eta: however, if you're stacking the polariser on top of the uv filter, watch out for vignetting (shadows in the corners of the shot)

Message edited by author 2007-12-03 17:33:56.
12/04/2007 11:08:50 AM · #6
Don't forget about computer needs.

More memory
Bigger hard drive
CD/DVD writer
Photo editing program

As for camera hardware, you'll know when you need it.
12/04/2007 11:44:17 AM · #7
A circular polarizer is definately one of the more useful filters. I know some software offers the 'ability' to add a polarizing effect, but it's nothing like the real thing.

My advice if your going to buy filters (and have the cash to do so) is get as big a filter as you can. Nikons max out at 77mm size. These can be expensive because of the increased size, but if your looking to purchase more lenses down the road then the larger filter will fit on the rest of your lenses by using stepping rings. In other words you won't have to buy 2 of the same filter because the first one you bought is too small for your new lens.

It may be a little more expensive intially, but saves you money in the end and keeps your gear carrying to a minimum!


12/04/2007 11:55:15 AM · #8
One cannot re-emphasize the importance of a UV filter enough.
Here's one more reason you should buy one and keep it on - ALWAYS

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12/04/2007 12:14:38 PM · #9
Balance of the universe must be maintained!

UV filters are a waste of money. Don't put bad glass in front of good.

Spend the money on a lens hood.
12/04/2007 12:15:27 PM · #10
Circular polarizer, as big as you think your biggest lens will be. If you're going to do landscapes with a wide lens, go for one of the thin ones also. The stepping rings are inexpensive but you'll be set for future needs.

Message edited by author 2007-12-04 12:15:54.
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