Friday Filter Fretting (and a funny)

Well, I’ve decided to go ahead and pull the trigger on two purchases… first on an ultra wide angle lens that has been noticably missing from my bag thus far. The winner of my internal mental anguish is the Sigma 10-20mm lens. With the free shipping thanks to my NAPP membership, I’ll be picking this up from B&H Photo (which I would probably use even w/out the bonus of free shipping – B&H rocks!). Canon just did not make a wide angle that would fill my needs (nor fit my budget), so this Canon Blogger could theoretically be called a Canon/Sigma Blogger as I have an equal number of both vendor lenses in my gear bag.

The other is an accessory item – a graduated Neutral Density filter. Knowing how expensive they are, I figured it might be a good idea to make this purchase all at once since I know the wide angle will be most most for landscape photography. I am still torn here though between a B+W one or the Tiffen one. I’ll freely admit to not knowing my head from a hole in the ground when it comes to filters, so thought I would make the Friday post a user-driven one. Which filter would be better suited for use with this lens? Both B+W and Tiffen make the 77mm filter in the graduated ND variety, and both are non-coated filters, with a 2 stop loss of light overall and a glass rating of .6 With only a $20 price difference between these I am wondering if there is a certain element (pardon the pun) of distinction between brand names that I am missing. So….what do you think? Share your thoughts in the comments or with me via email (jason [at] canonblogger [dot] com).

Last, but not least, as many photo-types do, here’s the weekly funny from WTD:

Happy Friday, Happy Shooting, and don’t forget to watch your apertures! 🙂

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