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What is best way to store/carry filters?

Dan Hall , Jan 14, 2008; 02:03 a.m.

I just invested in my first filter, a Hoya DMC Pro 1 77mm. After spending $200 on a filter, it made me wonder how people store/carry them in order to protect them. It came in a plastic box. Is that suitable for storing the filter or do I need something else? What do you guys use? Any thoughts most appreciated.


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Jim Downs , Jan 14, 2008; 02:15 a.m.

For filters I anticipate using on a given day, last year 3 inch square ziplock bags and then put them all in a vest pocket or outer pocket of my camera day bag. Keeps them from getting scratched but makes them quickly accessible. I put them back in the plastic box at the end of the day. Then again, I've never spent more than $65 on a filter!

Peter Meade , Jan 14, 2008; 03:14 a.m.

Hello Dan, I just keep them in their boxes in my padded camera bag.

Although a filter feels expensive at the time one buys it, compared with the overall cost of the camera equipment they are not too costly at all.

In my case, they are there in the bag with 2 bodies and a handful of Ls. They are not going to be treated with any special favours, but I think they are well looked after.

Hope this helps.


Puppy Face , Jan 14, 2008; 03:44 a.m.

You could get a filter purse. Very fashionable in some circles and doesn't suffered from outgassing like the little plastic boxes filters ship in.

Niklas Nikitin , Jan 14, 2008; 05:59 a.m.

I use Filter Stack Cap, great to carry several filters in a small size. Just mount them together and set the Filter Stack Cap in the neds. You need a Filter Stack Cap for every filter size that you have.

B&H have these for example; http://www.bhphotovideo.com/c/product/101709-REG/General_Brand__72mm_Filter_Stack_Cap.html.


James Colwell , Jan 14, 2008; 06:11 a.m.

I use "filter caps", which come as a matched-pair of slim, metal discs. One has external threads to screw into the front of a filter, and the other has internal threads to receive a filter's external threads. It's a compact and relatively bomb-proof way to store and carry one or more filters.

Filter caps: 49mm, 58mm and 77mm stacks.

Dan Hall , Jan 14, 2008; 08:50 a.m.

James, The picture you attached appears different than the link Niklas attached. Does the one in the picture you attached hold more than one filter? If so, how many? Where could I buy one. It looks quite durable. Thanks.

Doug Harhai , Jan 14, 2008; 09:07 a.m.

HI Dan, I have never spent that much on a filter, so that may change my outlook, but I use Optech filter packs. When I need them, I need them immediately. Otherwise, they will not be used at all. In a studio, this is a different ballgame, so I guess that it depends on what you are shooting.

Dan Hall , Jan 14, 2008; 09:15 a.m.

I am looking for something durable to throw in a waterproof backpack while I walk through the woods. Something that will protect the CP I have now and the addition of a few ND filters. I want something that is tough. My interest is outdoor photography.

Niklas Nikitin , Jan 14, 2008; 09:32 a.m.

The "filter caps" picture that James have attached, have the same function as the the version I have linked to. Only minor differences in apperence. The "filter caps" can store as many filters as you want. The kit will only be longer the more filters that you connect.

Please not that all filters must have a filter thread in both ends, i.e., B+W slim filters does not have a filter thread in the front.

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