I just got myself a Panasonic NV-GS400 at a good price from eBay and I want to kit it out.
Specifically I want to get a UV filter (to protect the lens), Circular Polarizer and a couple of Neutral Densities.
I have some basic Jessops filter for my first cam (JVC GR-DF420) and have suffered often from relections.
Now, the Panny, which has a 43mm filter thread has come with a nice 43-55mm step-up ring which is pretty useful as stacking filters or (when I get one) a WA lens shouldn't result in much of a vignetting problem. So I'm looking for 55mm filters.
The thing is there is a vast range in price and presumably quality.
Some manufacturers have a number of ranges - Hoya for example seem to have uncoated, coated, very coated and incredibly professionally coated. I'm not after perfect. I don't want to spend double the money on something where I won't even notice the difference, but equally I don't want to cut corners when a few bob more would have made a noticable difference.
Does anone have any specific recommendations on manufacturers/ranges?
And where's a good place to buy in the UK?
Would I be right in assuming that eBay items from Hong Kong which seem to have B+W filters for less than half the usual price are likely to be fake?
And does anyone know where I can get a rectangular lens hood that'll fit over a 55mm ring?