Circ Polarizing Filter Advice

Discussion in 'Photography Beginners' Forum' started by GeorgeUK, Feb 9, 2008.

  1. GeorgeUK

    GeorgeUK TPF Noob!

    Joined:
    Dec 26, 2007
    Messages:
    454
    Likes Received:
    0
    Location:
    London
    Can others edit my Photos:
    Photos OK to edit
    Recently purchased a Kenko Circular PL filter and have been giving it a bit of a test run today.

    I have to admit however, that I'm not hugely impressed with the effect it has. There's a slight difference, but not hugely.

    Could it be that I'm simply using it badly, or perhaps it just simply not a v good filter?

    Any hints/tips on how to maximise the benefit??

    I tried to take photos with the sun at 90 degrees to me.

    When will the effect be most pronounced? Morning/Midday/Evenings?

    Any advice much appreciated. :thumbup:
     
  2. patrickt

    patrickt TPF Noob!

    Joined:
    Sep 22, 2007
    Messages:
    312
    Likes Received:
    0
    Location:
    Oaxaca, Mexico
    Can others edit my Photos:
    Photos OK to edit
    IMHO, the biggest variable is the particular shot you're taking. The polarizing filter cuts polarized light, some reflections, and that's it. I find I rarely use mine. Some plants have highly reflective surfaces and it reduces the glare from those. I don't use mine often.
     
  3. Alex_B

    Alex_B No longer a newbie, moving up!

    Joined:
    Aug 30, 2006
    Messages:
    14,491
    Likes Received:
    206
    Location:
    Europe 67.51°N
    Can others edit my Photos:
    Photos NOT OK to edit
    well, the effect is best if the sun is at a 90-ish degree angle to the direction your camera points into.

    if the sun is in your back or in front of you it is rather useless.

    it has its value when you do landscape work (green leaves, sky), or reflective surfaces like glass or water ... then you can filter out the reflection and better look through the glass.


    I personally do not use it too often, but if i use it, i could hardly do without it in that particular situation.
     
  4. Emerana

    Emerana TPF Noob!

    Joined:
    Jan 2, 2008
    Messages:
    857
    Likes Received:
    0
    Location:
    Houston, Texas
    Can others edit my Photos:
    Photos OK to edit
    are you turning it and watching for the sky to turn darker then taking the photo?
     
  5. GeorgeUK

    GeorgeUK TPF Noob!

    Joined:
    Dec 26, 2007
    Messages:
    454
    Likes Received:
    0
    Location:
    London
    Can others edit my Photos:
    Photos OK to edit
    Yes! :p

    I took multiple with the filter in various states of 'turn'. There is a noticeable difference, but not as significant as I was expecting.
     
  6. Emerana

    Emerana TPF Noob!

    Joined:
    Jan 2, 2008
    Messages:
    857
    Likes Received:
    0
    Location:
    Houston, Texas
    Can others edit my Photos:
    Photos OK to edit
    [​IMG]I use mine alot because I find myself shooting midday. I have only had mine for a week but it seems to have the best results afternoon and before evening. I spent nearly $100 on mine.

    [​IMG]

    [​IMG]
     
  7. GeorgeUK

    GeorgeUK TPF Noob!

    Joined:
    Dec 26, 2007
    Messages:
    454
    Likes Received:
    0
    Location:
    London
    Can others edit my Photos:
    Photos OK to edit
    Great shots! :thumbup: I suppose it's a case of you get what you pay for!

    I'll keep trying and see how I get along.
     
  8. bhop

    bhop No longer a newbie, moving up!

    Joined:
    Dec 10, 2007
    Messages:
    2,209
    Likes Received:
    236
    Location:
    Los Angeles
    Can others edit my Photos:
    Photos OK to edit
    I have a nicer multicoated Hoya filter for my 49mm Pentax lenses that works great. I recently bought a non-coated, (cheap) Tiffen 52mm for my Nikon lenses and the difference is night and day.. the non-coated one barely does anything at all in comparison. I think in this case, you do indeed, get what you pay for. I plan to get a new polarizer for my Nikons..
     
  9. DSLR noob

    DSLR noob TPF Noob!

    Joined:
    Feb 7, 2007
    Messages:
    1,527
    Likes Received:
    7
    Location:
    Atlanta, GA
    Can others edit my Photos:
    Photos OK to edit
    Look at a car in the sun at 4:00 P.M. and turn it. the reflections will "shift" all around the different angled surfaces of the car. Great automotive photography tool for controlling what gets reflected and what doesn't.
     
  10. GeorgeUK

    GeorgeUK TPF Noob!

    Joined:
    Dec 26, 2007
    Messages:
    454
    Likes Received:
    0
    Location:
    London
    Can others edit my Photos:
    Photos OK to edit
    @ bhop - I suspect you are right. I'll have to save up some £££

    @ DSLR - I'll give it a go, thanks.
     
  11. Helen B

    Helen B TPF Noob!

    Joined:
    Sep 16, 2007
    Messages:
    3,296
    Likes Received:
    465
    Location:
    Hell's Kitchen, New York
    Can others edit my Photos:
    Photos NOT OK to edit
    There are many different qualities of polarizing foil available. It's almost impossible to produce foil that behaves perfectly. There's a tendency for the foil to reduce light in the polarization direction it is supposed to be passing, and to not reduce enough of the light it is supposed to be stopping. The degree of effect varies across the spectrum. The layer that converts the linearly polarized light into circularly polarized light isn't completely effective.

    Hopefully the more you pay, the better quality foil you get.

    Best,
    Helen
     
  12. soylentgreen

    soylentgreen TPF Noob!

    Joined:
    Feb 27, 2007
    Messages:
    735
    Likes Received:
    2
    Location:
    Miami, FL
    Can others edit my Photos:
    Photos NOT OK to edit

    Boy I hope your right Helen, I just forked out $175 for my B+W Circular Polarizer for my L lenses. Figured your lens is only as good as the cheapest piece of glass so why bother putting a $30 generic on a $1K lens.
     

Share This Page

Search tags for this page
best polarizing filter for nifty fity
,
best polorising filter for canon 7d
,

circulating polarizer filter

,
circulating polarizing filter
,
filter circulation polarazing
,
filters polarazed cannon
,

forked lake oklahoma

,
good polarizing filter for 70-200mm
,
hlow t determine if a circulating polarizer filter is good
,
what is circulating polarizer filter