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We hope you are having an awesome holiday season and are looking ahead to 2012 with a positive energy and an artistic spirit. At BetterPhoto, we sure are! In fact, the new year kicks off with a brand-new session of online photography courses. School begins on January 4th with a full schedule of 4-week courses and 8-week classes. ... In this issue of SnapShot, don't miss Peter Burian's terrific article on the ins and outs of DSLR camera modes. Plus, Jim Miotke and I share a Photo Tip ("Beware of Clashing Colors") from our new book, The BetterPhoto Guide to Creative Digital Photography. ... That's it for now. Have a great week, and best wishes for an outstanding 2012! Kerry Drager Newsletter Editor

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Photo Q&A

1: Filter

Can a HOYA Pro1 digital UV filter be used on a film lens? I have that filter, and a digital lens I am thinking of selling so I can get a better quality glass. I also have film camera and lens, so I was thinking I could use the UV filter on the film camera when I sell the digital lens.
- Meghan Gonski

Many of the lenses we use today were made for film cameras. At least with Canon. The only lenses that are specifically made for digital cameras are the Canon EF-S and the Nikon Dx lenses or the other cameras that will take both type of lenses. If I had an old EOS Canon I could use all of my EF glass but not the EF-S which is made specifically for cropped cameras.
But any filter that will fit both lenses can be used with one exception.
If the polarizer is linear and not circular it cannot be used on the modern DSLRs or film cameras with auto focus. because it will interfere with the focus. But a circular polarizer can be used on both.

- Lynn R. Powers

Hi Lynn,
Thank you. I have an Olympus film camera and a Canon DSLR. The Canon is an EF-S. I don't think the lenses could be interchangeable because they are different brands and the EF-S part.
Anyway, the only part I am concerned about is the filters being interchangeable. That's good to know, now I can keep the filter and sell the lens :) But I just looked in my bag of film and realized the digital I wanted to keep for the film is the wrong size. :( my film are 49 and such my digital filter is 58mm no fair. I guess I could keep the filter anyway? Use it for the next digital that may come in 58mm. What do you think of that?
I'm good with the polarizer though I only have circular. Thanks for the extra info. I love to learn!

- Meghan Gonski

You can still use the 58mm filter on the Olympus. What you need is a step-up ring. It should read 49mm-58mm. If it reads the other way it is a step-down ring. No good for our purposes. All you need to do is screw the filter into the wide side of the ring and screw the other side onto the camera lens.

Since the larger filter is larger than the lens you should purchase a 58mm rubber lens hood which will screw into the filter. You always want to use a lens hood. This lens hood also works well with a circular polarizer. By attaching the hood to the polarizer you are able to adjust the polarizer to the proper alignment.
Since my lenses are 67mm or 77mm, including my lens for a Bronica SQ-A, I only need to purchase 77mm filters and not have to purchase a duplicate set for the other size.
Have fun,

- Lynn R. Powers
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