Like the author of the linked article I’m not adverse to “testing” somewhat obscure inexpensive products – granted in most instances you’re going to get hosed or if lucky come out smelling like a rose.
Which in my opinion is the common occurrence when investing in an ICE filter, smelling like a rose – after all where is it written that good filters or photography related gear must command the highest price the market will bear?
Here’s something of a clue in my opinion – glass is a product derived from sand – there is no shortage of sand – sand trees don’t freeze reducing the number of granules, and though I can’t swear to it I don’t believe the market value of raw material is influenced by stock market speculators.
Of course it’s about labor, equipment, marketing and the like but the huge spread in pricing begs a question – if a filter such as ICE sells for thirty dollars and another say six hundred can it be demonstrated without the most rigorous of pixel peeping ( and who really does that, do you?) to be twenty rimes better than ICE?
Now there most assuredly are some filters that couldn’t withstand such a test and they lend themselves to the narrative that if you want quality dig deep or go sell a kidney.
I’m inclined to believe there are no small number of potential world class photographers whose enthusiasm waned or was blunted by cost once having gotten into photography – and that’s a shame.
I say without hesitation you get a lot of bang for your buck with an Ice filter and in my opinion there isn’t a better filter made than the ones offered by Luzid.
I guess what I’m saying is be willing to break ranks at times – if you do you could be pleasantly surprised and wind up with some cheese and cracker money left in your pocket to boot.
Lens adapters that allow mounting a non native lens to a camera are not only brilliant but innovative ……… did I mention they also lighten the load on the wallet?
You can literally pay hundreds of dollars for an adapter or as little as ten or twelve bucks depending on taste, approach, and efficacy considerations.
Personally I go cheap and haven’t had cause to regret it so far.
The adapter shown in the photo is a Fotasy M42 to Nex, or Sony emount and cost the ten or twelve dollars mentioned previously.
Everything photography is undergoing an incremental price increase and for a fraction of the cost you add multiple vintage lenses to your collection that will perform admirably and I believe in taking greater control improve in your endeavors.
The lens is a Meyer – Gorlitz Orestegor f1.8 50mm in an M42 mount.
One in a sort of series I posted a while back I’ve referred to as communion.
Why communion? Because that I believe is what takes place between pollinators and plants – an ancient and great clarity of purpose.
A dance if you will that was already aged, the steps so well known as to become instinctive long before the first footprint of man or woman appeared upon this planet or the cry of the first human infant was heard, and in this singular clarity of purpose a way was being made for that very infant and all who would follow.
I post it anew by request after viewing it and sharing these words with another.