Monday, June 18, 2012

photo tip : filters

I was a junior at UCSD.  I grabbed my camera bag and rushed out of my car. I was in the parking lot by Grove Café, and I was late for a class. As I got up, my dad’s Nikon F4 flew out of the bag across two parking spaces and made the ugliest noise ever as it hit the ground. My heart skipped a beat. I knew I was in big trouble.

Fast forward 10+ years. We were at the In-N-Out parking lot and Jimmy grabbed my camera bag out of the trunk. A second later, my Canon 5D Mark II made the same ugly noise as it hit the ground.
Both times, I had forgotten to close my camera bag. And both times, my camera AND my lens were safe. Why? I had a cheap UV filter on my lenses. My $50 UV filter saved my $1200 lens.
I wish I had taken a picture of my lens. My filter was totally cracked and looked miserable. Jimmy tried everything he could to get it off the lens, but after several attempts, we decided to take it to the pros. The good people at Silvio’s Camera charged me a whopping $25, and took the filter off. My lens was unharmed.
The lesson? Get a UV filter. Get the cheapest one they have and put it on. It’s worth it.
And since a post isn’t complete without a photo, here’s a recent photo of the cutest boy ever.
He’s eating bacon for the first time and making daddy proud!
Canon 5D Mark II 28-70mm L (ISO 640, f 2.8, 1/100)

1 comment:

  1. Such a cutie!! Looks like he's really enjoying that bacon!