UV filters are a must on every lens, the filter protects the front element of a lens from dust and scratches. It also protects the internal elements from harmful UV rays and keeps the lens performance like new. The haze portion reduces flare and makes an appreciable difference to water and sky. These should be mounted permanently on each lens only to be removed if a specialty filter is being used in their place.
Circular polarizers filter out polarized light. This significantly reduces reflections, colors become more vivid and contrast increases. Their design allows for easy control of the effect of polarization by rotation of the outside ring.
Neutral density filters reduce the amount of light entering the lens. The filters are available in a wide range depending on the level of light reduction. This is useful when you want motion blur: rivers, waterfalls, or moving people. These are very useful filters for nature and landscape photography.
When travelling I only take a Variable Neutral density filter; this filter allows me to adjust the level and reduces the need for taking a variety of filters. There is a slight reduction in performance compared to traditional neutral density filters but the convenience and versatility is great.
A good travel tripod should be a staple part of all travel photography equipment. So many of the best shots are lit by the deep colours of the setting sun or when the city lights start to shine. Without a tripod you will never get these shots properly. Here you will need to have a balance of size, weight and stability. *Make sure it can hold your camera with your heaviest lens. Look for a ball head with a level and smooth panning for panoramas.
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