How do you store filters?

Discussion in 'Accessories' started by DanS, Aug 23, 2016.

  1. DanS

    DanS Mu-43 Veteran

    Mar 8, 2016
    Central IL
    I've been acquiring filters lately, but I haven't really seen any storage/organization solutions on the market that I like. Most of the commercially available organizers are soft pouch systems, and that seems inadequate to me, considering you could easily have $200+ in a handful of good filters.

    How do you store/protect your filters?
  2. PacNWMike

    PacNWMike Mu-43 All-Pro

    Dec 5, 2014
    Salish Sea
    Real Name:
    In a box in the closet. Leftover from film days. Don't use them anymore since software and better lenses...
  3. DanS

    DanS Mu-43 Veteran

    Mar 8, 2016
    Central IL
    No matter how good the software and lenses are some things still require a good filter. For example, ND filters are very useful for long exposures and video!
  4. ijm5012

    ijm5012 Mu-43 Hall of Famer

    Oct 2, 2013
    Pittsburgh, PA
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    I use some generic-branded, fold-out pouches to store my screw-in filters (I have one pouch for my 3, 6, 10 stop NDs, one pouch for my CPLs, and one pouch for my variable NDs). I also have a Haida filter "bag" that I use to store my slot-in filters, along with the filter holder which I use on my 12-60 SWD and 7-14 PRO.

    They're all padded, so I'm really not concerned about them. I easily have over $500 worth of filters, and never worry about them. And yes, you're right that filters like NDs and CPLs can't have their effects replicated in software, and are very useful to this day.
  5. PacNWMike

    PacNWMike Mu-43 All-Pro

    Dec 5, 2014
    Salish Sea
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    True enough although not my type of photography. Occasional polarizer is the only one I keep handy and I can't remember the last time I mucked up a photo by using the pol. :).
  6. BosseBe

    BosseBe Mu-43 Regular

    Aug 7, 2015
    Stockholm, Sweden
    In a dark and damp place so they don't loose their potency.
    (Or was that the philters?) ;)

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  7. retiredfromlife

    retiredfromlife Mu-43 Veteran

    May 15, 2016
    I keep mine between metal stack caps.

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  8. eteless

    eteless Mu-43 All-Pro

    Jun 20, 2014
    I stack them and put two lens caps on them (one on the front, one on the rear). The caps I use are either screw on metal ones or Schneider ones (used for large format lenses, they go around the filter rather than clipping on the inside).

    Excuse the dust and scratches, they're for illustration purposes to show that these have been used.

    The main downside is the stack can get pretty thick, however if you're using a padded pouch which folds over that happens anyway.
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  9. mcrosa

    mcrosa Mu-43 Regular

    Jun 26, 2013
    Miami, Florida
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    Mike Crosa
    I use the mind shift pouches to hold my square filters.
  10. PakkyT

    PakkyT Mu-43 Top Veteran

    Jun 20, 2015
    New England
    A previous thread on this very thing earlier this year...
    Storage of filters
  11. DanS

    DanS Mu-43 Veteran

    Mar 8, 2016
    Central IL
    I like this solution, as it seems like it would really protect the filters, while still being relatively small.
  12. budeny

    budeny Mu-43 All-Pro

    Mar 4, 2014
    Boulder, CO
    I use compact flash case for 37mm CPL filter. Just cut off internal dividers.
    Stack caps for 58mm.
    Individual soft cases for 95mm.

    Last edited: Aug 24, 2016
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