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Essential Acessories

Tools and extras for a better photo experience

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FILTERS

B+W UV HAZE 010
Many photographers prefer to keep a filter on their lenses at all times for extra protection. If that sounds like you, consider investing in a top-quality filter that won’t compromise your lens, like the B+W UV Haze 010. The filter helps block UV light to minimize blue casts, but is otherwise neutral. It’s available in Slim and XS-Pro Digital mounts for wide-angle lenses. List Price: $49 to $95.

HELIOPAN GRAD ND 4x
Every photographer should have a graduated neutral-density filter in the bag to help bring bright skies down a few stops for closer exposure parity with the foreground. The Heliopan Grad ND 4X provides two stops of density in a standard, calibrated rotating mount with front threads. Estimated Street Price: $149.

HOYA ND X4
In addition to a graduated neutral-density filter, it’s good to have a solid ND on hand, too. Filters like the Hoya ND x4 are indispensable in very bright conditions when you can’t stop your lens down enough for longer shutter speeds. The ND x4 cuts the light by about 2 stops. Hoya also offers a 1-stop and 3-stop ND (ND x2 and ND x8). Estimated Street Price: $59.

SINGH-RAY LB COLORCOMBO FILTER
For more saturated colors across the spectrum, the Singh-Ray LB ColorCombo filter combines the effects of a warming polarizer and color intensifier in one to help reduce glare and reflections while boosting color saturation. It’s also available in a thin mount for use with wide-angle lenses. List Price: Starts at $370.

TIFFEN FOG 2
Ideal for dreamy wedding and fashion photography or early-morning landscapes, fog filters like the Tiffen Fog 2 create a soft glow and take the edge off, gently reducing contrast and sharpness for an ethereal effect. List Price: $62 to $155 (52mm-82mm).

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