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There are three filters that are invaluable to improving your photography: circular polarizers, neutral-density filters and graduated neutral-density filters.


A circular polarizer reduces surface glare and reflections in your images, as well as improves color saturation.


With high-quality optical glass, the B+W Circular Polarizer with Multi-Resistant Coating delivers top-notch image quality. Exposure compensation is about two ƒ-stops. Estimated Street Price: $128 (77mm).


The Hoya EVO Circular Polarizer uses an improved Super Multi-Coating formula for reducing or eliminating reflections. The coating is overlayed with a clear water- and stain-resistant coating that’s easy to clean. Estimated Street Price: $172 (77mm).


The Pro-Optic Circular Polarizer is thin so it doesn’t cause vignetting with wide-angle lenses. Estimated Street Price: $44.


A neutral-density (ND) filter reduces how much light reaches your sensor so it’s ideal for using when a scene is too bright.


The Kenko Zeta ND4 and ND8 neutral-density filters reduce the amount of light entering the lens in an equivalent of two and three stops, respectively, useful for getting that dreamy, cotton-candy look to moving water. Estimated Street Price: Starts at $69.


Sunpak neutral-density filters are available in three strengths. The 2X model reduces light by one ƒ-stop, the 4X version by two ƒ-stops and the 8X filter by three ƒ-stops. Estimated Street Price: $27 (77mm 8X).

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