Often times I am asked questions about buying camera gadgets. As someone who is constantly looking for ways of reducing her load I rarely if ever recommend these items. Things like, star filters, Cokin filters, or even a fish

eye lens. They are one trick ponies that don’t do much, except add a lot of weight to your bag.  These items can cost under $20 and others as much as several hundred dollars (like in the case of a fish eye lens). But perhaps the biggest cost is both physical and emotional. Physical because of the back pain they cause due to the extra weight in your bag; and emotional because if you don’t carry it around everywhere hoping to use it again someday you’d feel guilty. So friends,  don’t buy these. They are at best one trick ponies; and if you must get them used on ebay or perhaps rent them.