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At Camera Filters Australia / Digital Camera Gear we understand that you would like your product as quickly as possible and covered by insurance! That is why:

  • We ship using Australia Post Platinum Express Delivery Service and Australia Post Registered Mail.
  • Platinum Express Guarantees next day delivery for its express post network. Registered post does not guarantee next day delivery but we have found that most times it does get to you with in a day. We would recommend saving yourself a few dollars and using Australia Post Registered Mail.
  • We offer a low rate of delivery through Australia out for regular parcels delivery. $9.95 for Registered Post & $14.95 for Express Platinum
  • BOTH shipping methods require a signature on delivery
  • Insurance is included, relax, its going to get to you quickly and insured!
  • If orders are received before 1pm EST  they are shipped that day and are usually received the next business day.
  • If you are in Sydney and need the item urgently, let us know so you can organise pick up.

We do our best to ensure prompt and fast delivery and most items are received with in 1 business day. As we can not control all of the factors in the delivery cycle we prefer to use as a guide 1-6 business days for delivery.

For large and heavy items such as Tripods or Camera Bags to QLD, VIC, TAS, SA, WA & NT we suggest you choose the Regular Registered Post Shipping Method. Postage for such items using the Express Post Platinum Delivery Method will incur a larger shipping fee.  We may be in contact if extra delivery charges need to be added to the quoted amount (at the checkout) to ensure all postage charges are recovered. Most items are shipped same day, on occasion some items are shipped with in 24-48hrs. Please contact us if you require the product urgently.

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We use both eWay & PayPal Checkout Systems:

- They are both extremelly secure payment methods. After Credit card payments, PayPal payments are the next most common form of payment online. We have full 256bit SSL security encryption on our website, so you be assured that your details are 100% secure.

- Credit Card payments are fast and secure at our checkout. You also have the option of paying with any balance you may have in your PayPal account

 

 

 


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CONDITIONS OF USE

By using our site, you agree to the following conditions.  Please read them carefully.

All information contained in our web pages is believed to be accurate and reliable at the time of publishing. Errors such as misprints or omissions are excepted. We reserve the right to make changes and corrections anytime in prices, products and specifications without notice. If we have made an error in pricing, we will notify you of the correct price and give you the option to cancel. 

We reserve the right to refuse or cancel any orders, whether or not the order has been confirmed and your credit card charged. If your credit card has already been charged for the purchase and your order is cancelled, we will immediately issue a credit to your credit card. We will inform you as soon as possible of any changes in prices, or cancellation of orders. There are no returns for 'change of mind'. Please choose carefully.

International orders: We do not ship outside Australia. You may place an order from outside Australia to be sent to a person resident in Australia.

To deter credit card fraud when you confirm your order, your IP address will be logged.

In no circumstances are we liable for special, indirect or consequential loss or damage of any kind including any loss of profit or of contract, even if you advise us of any special circumstances or such loss was reasonably foreseeable. This includes, but is not limited to, the transmission of any computer viruses or anything else that may interfere with or damage the operation of your computer system.

Product images used on this website are for illustration purposes only and actual items may vary in appearance. Package contents are at the discretion of the manufacturer and may vary from those described from time to time. We will not accept any liability for any loss or damage which may be incurred by any person acting in reliance upon this information. All brands, logos, images and names are trademarks of their respective companies.

Returns Policy

Like any other retail shop, under Consumer Protection Law, we are not obliged to accept returns for "change of mind" or if you order incorrectly. PLEASE CHOOSE CAREFULLY.

 

Delivery

We do our best to ensure prompt and fast delivery and most items are received with in 1 business day. As we can not control all of the factors in the delivery cycle we prefer to use as a guide 1-6 business days for delivery. For more information on delivery, please read our Delivery FAQ HERE

Do I need a filter for a Digital SLR?

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The simple answer to this is yes! Although your images can be edited using imaging programs such as Photoshop, there are some filters that you just can not mimic its results in imaging programs. An essential type of filter is UV or Ultra-Violet. While ultraviolet light is invisible to the human eye, it can nevertheless show up on a film or digital image as an undesirable blueish cast; it can even result in a blurring effect. Often used as a means of protection for the lens, these filters can be left on at all times as it is completely clear and will not change the colour or density of light. Ideal for photography of expansive spaces like mountains and sweeping landscapes.

The second helpful type is a polarizing filter. Reflections of water and other reflective surfaces, like glass, can cause major problems for your images. Polarizing or polarizer filters can fix them because they remove glare from non-metallic surfaces, ensuring a crisp, clear, more colour saturated image. Reflected light can also wash out an image, but polarizing filters combat this nicely by producing deeper colour saturation. Ideal for outdoor photography, a polarizing filter can be rotated for desired effects and the results will produce dramatic blue skies and better contrast and colour.

FOR MORE INFORMATION ON THE DIFFERENT TYPES OF FILTERS AND HOYAS PRODUCT RANGE EXPLANATION CLICK HERE

Last Updated on Thursday, 03 March 2011 07:48

Blog? Whats That?

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Our Blog section is a great source of information. This is where you can keep up to date with whats happening in the photography arena, hints and tips to taking better photos (for all levels), new products coming on to the market, specials we may have and much more. Add us in Twitter and Facebook to have the latest info sent straight to you.

 

You can find our BLOG HERE

Why are your prices so low?

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We operate as an online business (with personal service and the option of pick up!), so our overheads are a lot lower then your typical bricks and mortar shop and we can pass those savings on to you. Over the years we have forged strong relationships with our suppliers which means we get the latest products at the best prices possible.

Last Updated on Wednesday, 02 March 2011 09:43

Filters - Which one is for me??? : UV, Circular Polarisers & Neutral Density filters Explained

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This is one of the most common questions i get.  With a bit of insight in to what the main types of filters do and what they are used for, hopefully you will be able to make an informed decision after you've read this article. As always if you are still unsure and need some clarification, please shoot me an email at This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it

I will start of with what i use most. I always carry 3 types of filters, some i use more then others:

Circular Polarisers

 

This is the filter i use most often.

A lot can be said about the technicalities of how they work but to keep this post brief let me head straight to the benefits of using one.

Polarising filters change the way that your camera sees and treats light. Particularly – when using one you’ll notice a change in how your camera sees reflections and glare. As a result it also has the ability to change the vibrancy of some colors in shots.

Let’s look at a few areas where polarising filters can have have the biggest impact:

  • Water – When shooting a picture of water adjusting your polarising filter will mean you see into the water differently, cutting out glare and even changing the colour of the water. For example when I was snorkelling off a boat off the coast of Indonesia a few years ago I took a series of photos using a polarising filter that made the water look crystal clear and a bright blue color. Without the filter the shots had nowhere near the same impact with a big reflection being picked up off the top of the water and a more murky color.
  • Sky – Similarly, the color of sky can change remarkably using a polarising filter. Rotating the filter you’ll see a blue sky change from a light pale blue color to a vibrant and deep blue color (depending upon where the sun is). A polarising filter can cut out a lot of the smoggy haze that is often in city shots.
  • Colour – Polarizing filters cut down the reflection that many objects have (even those that you might not think reflect at all). This makes the colors of some of these objects more vibrant. For example out in the garden you might notice foliage on trees looking greener than you would get without the filter.
  • Other Reflections – Shooting through glass can be a real challenge at times and using a polarising filter can definitely assist in cutting down distracting reflections or glare. Similarly photographing shiny objects (like a new car for instance) with a polarising filter will change the way reflections are treated.

Another benefit of fitting a polarising filter to your camera (or any kind of filter) is that you put an extra level of protection between your expensive lens’s glass and anything that might scratch or damage it. A UV filter is probably a more appropriate filter for protective purposes (they are cheaper and have less impact upon your shots when you don’t want the polarising effect) but a polarising filter is definitely more preferable to break or scratch than your actual lens.

Polarisers Change Exposure (Well... not so much now)

When you see a polarising filter you’ll notice that it looks quite a lot like a sunglasses lens.  The filter is dark and works by cutting our some of the aspects of light (similarly to sunglasses). As a result less light gets through to your image sensor and you’ll need to either use longer shutter speeds, a larger aperture or to beef up your ISO setting to account for this. The difference that you’ll need to account for is 1-2 stops. It’s for this reason that you won’t want to use a polarising filter at night.

....HOWEVER with the advancements in polarisers and in particular Hoyas range of PRO 1D and HD filters, they have been able to make the polarisers so up to 99% of light transmitted with there HD Series and approx 97% light transmission for the PRO 1D series. It is for this reason that if given the choice, i would choose a high quality Polariser (HD or PRO 1D) instead of one standard Polariser and one UV filter. You will save yourself money in the long run and will be able to leave your polariser on most of the time with out having to use a UV Filter. 

 

UV Filters

 

UV Filters filter out the UV light that can cause a blueish haze on your pictures. They are most commonly used as lens protectors and serve this purpose well, with the added bonus of blocking UV light. A UV filter can be left on all the time as a lens protector/filter and it does not have any effect on how much light enters the lens.

 

UV Filter saved lensThe UV filter took the impact and saved this lens from going in the bin

 

Neutral Density Filters

 

One filter that is in the camera outfit of many professionals is the neutral density filter, or ND filter as it's better known. The filter is less appreciated by hobbyists and the reason it probably has little appeal is its looks - a plain, dull grey filter. Not colourful, no star effect, no gradation, no multiple image glass...just plain grey. And what does it do? Reduce the exposure? Hmmm I can do that with my camera...it's pointless! Well actually it isn't, and that's why the ND filter is a necessity for the professional and often found in the enthusiast landscape photographer's camera bag.

The ND filter may be plain grey, but it's a neutral grey so whatever light it lets through isn't affected in colour, just in brightness. So why would you want a filter that reduces the exposure when it can be done using your camera's shutter speeds or apertures? This depends on a few things. Firstly you may have a fully automatic camera. If so, the ND filter will give you a small amount of manual versatility. Or you may have been taking pictures in low light using fast film and then ventured out into bright sunlight where it was physically impossible to take a photo because your camera's fastest shutter speed was flashing, even though the aperture was adjusted to the smallest setting.

The ND filter will reduce the light and allow the shot to be taken. Using an ND filter in this way is not its primary benefit though. Have you seen those shots of waterfalls that look ethereal with blurry cotton wool water? Well the chances are an ND filter will have been used. Here the filter is used to reduce the shutter speed so that blur occurs. If you are out in a bright location the shutter speed will be at least 1/125sec and ideally you need 1/15sec or slower. So pop on the necessary ND filter and you'll gain the effect you're after.

ND filters come in a variety of ratings. The NDx400 or ND400 is my favourite, with 9 stops of light. This essentially means, to get a correct exposure, the shutter will have to remain open for much longer to achieve a well exposed image. I love this filter as it provides great effects on water, or any moving object.

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Conclusion

Simply put, if i had to buy one filter only, it would be a good quality Circular Polariser first which cuts glare/reflection and still lets enough light through (Hoya HD or Pro 1D)

 

To view our range of filters, please click HERE

 

 



Last Updated on Tuesday, 03 May 2011 11:54

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