Square vs Circular Filters for Landscape Photography

Filters can do wonders for your landscape photography when used correctly. That said, it does not mean simply using any sort of filter will cut it. There are different types of filters with different functions, and using them without properly understanding their impact will only hurt your photography. Take for instance a screw-type filter versus a slide-in filter. You might think that they differ only in shape, but there’s a lot more to it than that. Landscape photographer Mark Denney talks more about this in today’s video. It’s a must-watch if you’re looking to invest in filters for your photography:

As Deenney beautifully explains, it’s not that one system is better than the other. Both of these systems have their own advantages and disadvantages. And based on your workflow and your budget, you may prefer one to the other.

For instance, when it comes to getting an image with close to no vignetting, you’d be better off getting a square of a rectangular slide-in filter. They cover a larger portion of the front element of the lens and prevent vignetting. But on the other hand, if you’re not careful, there’s a high chance of light leaks.

Similarly, circular filters are relatively cheaper, but when it comes to durability, they’re much more durable than the more expensive slide-in filters. That’s because the circular filters usually come with some sort of edge banding for protection.

To know more about the pros and cons of each of these systems, and to understand which one you’d be better off with, we suggest you go through the complete video. You don’t want to regret your purchase decision later.

What filter system best suits your workflow? Feel free to let us know in the comments.

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