Most of us neglect filters since they’re cheap and easily replaceable. However, investing in an affordable case for protection wouldn’t hurt as well. That’s especially if you own high-end filters that cost hundreds of dollars or more. In LensVid’s latest video, they review a cheap E-Bay case you might want to use for your next shoot.
I remember breaking at least half a dozen UV filters back when I was still a student (due to recklessness and extreme sports). But I didn’t care at all because I was taught that they were mainly used for protection, anyway. Unfortunately, that way of thinking also carried over to my more expensive ND filters and polarizers. Quite frankly, I don’t even have a polarizer right now because I destroyed the last one two years ago.
That’s why I now take care of the only filters I have left (yes, even the cheap ones). And when you invest in something expensive like a Tiffen 52mm variable ND filter, you need to consider protecting that investment.
Unfortunately, most of the filter cases available are soft and offer minimal protection. Thankfully, Lensvid has a better alternative: an unbranded hard filter case. It’s simple, it’s cheap, it’s metal, and it works remarkably according to the makers of the video.
It comes in different sizes, and according to Lensvid, they only cost about $5 apiece, which isn’t bad at all. Unfortunately, buying a hard case for each of your filter would prove to be a little impractical. But you can always stack the filters together and screw on the hard case on both ends (which I think you’re supposed to do in the first place?). However, I guess it would be best to relegate these cases to your more expensive filters, instead. If you don’t feel like buying the case with no name on E-Bay, you can always get Fotasy filter stack caps on Amazon for $7.99. Sure it costs a few bucks more. But at least it has a brand, and it’s on Prime.