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Old 11-24-2005, 12:05 AM   #1
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Default Calling all Photography Gurus and the likes... can you answer a few questions?

Ok, I don't know much about cameras so bear with me. My dad is interested in the Canon 500mm telephoto lense:



found here http://www.bhphotovideo.com/bnh/cont...ughType=search

1)It uses a 52mm drop-in filter holder. So can you just use any 52mm filter and put it in the holder?

2)In the items icluded, it has a 52mm drop-in GEL filter holder. What is the difference between that, and the regular drop-in filter:



3) Last question, I promise! The drop in filter goes near the back of the lense. Do I need a filter for the front of the lense? How does that affect the filter in the drop-in filter holder?

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Old 11-24-2005, 12:27 AM   #2
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When it says "52mm drop in filter" that means you insert them into the GEL Filter Holder... not the same thing as the normal 52mm screw-on filters. This will require special filters. BHPhoto will carry them as well though.
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Old 11-24-2005, 12:33 AM   #3
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When it says "52mm drop in filter" that means you insert them into the GEL Filter Holder... not the same thing as the normal 52mm screw-on filters. This will require special filters. BHPhoto will carry them as well though.
Thanks for the response! So will I need any type of filter in the front? I would hate to leave the lense bare or can I still put a UV filter for protection? I think the front is 58mm and I assume it takes the normal screw-on filters.
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Old 11-24-2005, 12:50 AM   #4
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not sure about the filter, but that is an L lens....it means your dad should acquire it at all costs.
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Old 11-24-2005, 12:57 AM   #5
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Seeing as how the front cap for that lens is given as the "ET-163", I think that means you need a 163mm screw-on to use with it, if it has threads at all.
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Old 11-24-2005, 01:01 AM   #6
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So your dad is interested in dropping $5500 on a lens, and sent you, who doesn't know much about cameras, to learn about it?

At least you're asking decent questions.
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Old 11-24-2005, 01:04 AM   #7
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I'm not a photography guru by any means, but are you asking b/c you wanna know or b/c your dad wants to know? If he doesn't know the answers to the questions you've asked then he probably has too much money to spend if he's looking at L glass. If you just were curious than sorry... ignore my post.

Oh and from the looks of it, it's not threaded for any screw-in filters.
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Old 11-24-2005, 01:08 AM   #8
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indeed, no man should need answers to his 5500 lens purchase to be answered on a forum. If he really needs to know, ask B+h im Sure theyll help you for that price
if your just looking for a LONG lens, what about the tamron 200-500? is only 1 stop slower, not a bad deal at 1/10th the cost
my 200-400 works great with the 20d
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Old 11-24-2005, 01:10 AM   #9
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Hey guys, thanks for all the replies. My dad's english isn't as sharp, so I'm doing most of the research. I'm going to call BH tomorrow to get all this figured out.
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Old 11-24-2005, 01:13 AM   #10
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Looking at BH, I there there is a drop in filter that allows for a threaded filter. Damn, this is all very confusing to a person who knows absolutely nothing about SLR cameras and stuff :
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Old 11-24-2005, 01:15 AM   #11
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big canon glass has a front element that is there for protection, and which is (relatively) easily and cheaply replaced. thus you don't need to, and indeed can't, run screw in protective filters in front of the massive front element.
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Old 11-24-2005, 01:26 AM   #12
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this link should give you a lot of info as well as reviews of this lens:

http://www.fredmiranda.com/reviews/s...at=2#poststart
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Old 11-24-2005, 01:28 AM   #13
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Thanks for the link
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Old 11-24-2005, 01:46 AM   #14
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a 52mm UV filter will not fit on the front of that lens too well. I believe you'll need something bigger. But you can apply a UV gel insert to the filter insert to get the same results.


I'd kill for a 500mm... that's 200 whole milimeters longer than my 300! Imagine the possibilities of looking into dorms- er I mean looking at birds . right birds.
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PM'd you about another local resource

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