Dramatise colours and scenery, overcome tricky exposures and shield your all-important glass with camera lens filters. Filters protect camera lenses, add definition and clarity to photos, and—by blocking light at different wavelengths or altering its characteristics as it enters the lens—create a variety of effects that image editing software can’t achieve well or at all.
CameraPro carries a large range of high quality filters from leading brands like B+W, Hoya, and Lee Filters. We stock filters for both photography and video, including clear protector filters, UV filters, neutral density filters and circular polarising filters.
Protective Filters are clear, toughened filters that help protect lenses against dirt, dust, moisture, and surface damage.
UV Filters serve the same purpose but also filter ultraviolet light. Particularly on older, pre-DSLR cameras, they help to reduce the image-degrading effects of atmospheric haze, moisture and pollution.
Polarising (or Polarizing) Filters sort stray ambient light into a single plane of entry. Use this lens filter to reduce unwanted reflections from water and glass, and to enhance contrast and colours (e.g. darken blue skies).
Neutral Density (ND) Filters reduce the amount of light entering your lens, so you can shoot longer exposures and/or shallow depth of field in bright conditions. Use a standard ND filter to darken the entire scene or use a graduated ND filter to darken a select portion of it.
Variable ND filters rotate manually to vary the amount of exposure compensation across the scene. Commonly used for filming video.
Usually constructed from glass encased in a metal mounting ring, circular screw-on filters are the most popular style of lens filter. Simple to use, they screw directly onto the front of lenses.
Another type, like the resin variety from Lee Filters, are square or rectangular and sit parallel to the surface of the lens with the aid of special filter holders. Square/rectangular filter systems typically require more components and setup time but, unlike screw-on filters, they work with lenses of different diameters (with the appropriate sized filter holder) and be oriented exactly how you want—perfect for precisely positioning the dark side of graduated ND filters.
Some lenses (particularly telephotos with very large front elements) are designed to accept drop-in filters, which slot in to a designated compartment towards the rear end of the lens. Drop-in filters are usually specific to a given make of lens but can often be used with lenses of different filter sizes.
Different sized screw-on filters exist for different sized lenses, so you may require multiple sizes of the same type of filter depending on which lenses you own.
Alternatively, square or rectangular filter systems like Lee Filters can be used for different sized lenses (though different sized filter holders may be required, again depending on which lenses you own).
Price vs quality
Filters for camera lenses vary drastically and proportionately in price and quality. Cheap lens filters are usually poorly made from inferior materials; as a result, they degrade image quality and are more prone to get stuck on your lens, or damaged.
High quality filters meet much higher optical standards and so don’t impact image quality. They’re also much more durable and unlikely to become jammed.
As an authorised Australian dealer, CameraPro stocks only genuine products with full manufacturer warranties.
Browse our selection of photography lens filters—from screw-in styles to the wide range of Lee Filters kits and components—in store or contact us for helpful, reliable advice from one of our staff photographers.