Advice on circular polarizer?

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    I'm looking for a circular polarizer.. I've read in several places that they're pretty important to have. I've had my eye on a Tiffen 67mm filter, runs for about $50, but it's not coated and some people claim it causes glare in some situations. I'm not to keen on spending $130 for a polarizer, but the ones that are MC (multi coated) go for at least $80'ish. Is it worth it? Or will the Tiffen work ok for me?
     
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    I'm a firm believer in the benefits to a polarizer. However, if that's your option, you're better off without one.
     
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    You'll get what you pay for.
     
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    I posted some before and after samples in this thread: http://www.thephotoforum.com/forum/showthread.php?t=121907

    I'm pretty sure that's just a cheap crappy uncoated 52mm Quantaray (Ritz brand) circular polarizer that I was using on my 18-55 kit lens. I'll double check tonight and report back. Cost me a whole $29.99 and it works fine. :) An uncoated CP filter in the appropriate situation is definitely much better than no polarizer at all.
     
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    Agreed!

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    Just so I'm clear.. you're saying if my only option is the $50 Tiffen, I'm better off without it?

    Can anyone recommend a good polarizer somewhere between $50 and $130?
     
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    I would disagree. I have some uncoated and some coated and haven't had trouble with the uncoated ones. You DO want a polarizer, though, if you shoot outdoors at all.
     
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    That's my opinion but you should read Mav's post and take a look at his examples. He pretty much shoots me down (although I'll still stick with high-end glass).

    Edit: Icassell just chimed in to support Mav's position.
     
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    One other way of looking at it is this and an arguement for getting a B&W or other high-end MC filter --

    You spend hundreds to thousands of dollars on your lens -- do you want to put a cheap piece of glass between it and your subject?
     
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    That's exactly the logic that I use when I buy Hoya Pro-1 series filters! Heck, my 72mm CP cost me $175.
     
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    Well, lenses that cost $600-$1000+ are typically better quality optics than lenses that cost $100-$200. You can definitely see the quality difference in the photos taken. Either that, or the pricier lenses are super fast (f/1.2, etc). The question is, when it comes to a $50 filter compared to a $150 filter, can you see a difference? Could someone post photos where we could easily see the $150 filter blows away the $50 filter? I'm not convinced until I see verifiable proof.
     
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    If the cheap filters don't degrade your image quality and does what you need it to, why spend more? The only thing I wouldn't recommend is misc. ebay garbage because only God knows where some of that stuff comes from, or to what standards they were built.
     

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