Circular Polarizer

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  1. Olympus8MP

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    I just bought a circular polarizing filter, and realized one major pain... If your using a lens hood, you have to take it off to adjust the polarization. This is really bad on my telephoto, as the lens face turns as it focuses :confused: Anyone else have this problem? Or do I even need a lens hood with the CPF?

    It does make the outdoor pictures look very nice though :thumbup:
     
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    well, CPF as you call it does not reduce the need for a lens hood.

    however, as the effect of a polariser is best if the sun is at 90 degree, there will be probably less problems with stray light than if it was at a smaller angle.

    if an image looks ok without the hood, go for it.

    with my telefoto there is no rotation fortunately. also it has a retractable hood which cannot be removed, but when you pull it back you can adjust the polariser.
     
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    OK, allow me this little gloat: The new Pentax hoods have a snap-off removable section of the hood so you can get a finger in to rotate the polarizer. :D
     
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    So I'm not alone here, or missing something? And it actually is a pain to use both?
     
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    You're not alone. Along those lines it also sucks to use a lens hood on some lenses, they make it nearly impossible to get the lens cap off and on.
     
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    Seems to me that this discussion is more about the modern
    'I want it NOW and I don't intend to put forth any effort!'
    mind set rather than about lens caps and lens hoods.

    I work from a tripod for shots where a polarizer is considered
    de rigeur. Speed and convenience do not make my short list
    of important things.

    Where ease of operation is important, as in street photography,
    I wouldn't bother with a polarizing filter.
     
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    The polarizer will be nice this summer when I'm at car shows, as it helps to eliminate reflections from the windshields and chrome. A tripod is not always an easy thing to use at some shows, or the dragstrip.

    I don't so much agree with the "i want it now" method. I'd rather have quality than quantity.

    One quick question however. In a few weeks I will be going to the Cleveland international auto show. I intend to take my DSLR. Should i use my polarizer there to get rid of the reflections of the overhead lights on the cars, or is this considered a good reflection. I see on TV, people leave the reflections on there, as it adds a neat sparkly quality to the paint. I think it also might not be bright enough inside to use a filter and hand-hold. Any input is appreciated.
     
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    get an 8 point star filter, you'll get the shiny flare and crests you see on Barret Jackson.
     
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    I can't afford any more filters right now, but setting a very small aperture can also give you "stars". On my camera they are 14-points though
     
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    I think ease of operation is always preferable, whether you do street shooting or not. Not that I'd buy a specific camera based only on the ease of rotating a polarizing filter with the lens hood on, but personally I don't really see why it's ever better to make things difficult when you can make them easy.
     
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    dont mind me....but i was under the impression that a circular polarizer did not need rotating...that they were designed for auto focus lens that rotate...where as a liniar polarizer does need to be rotated for said effect to take place....
     
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    well then.... I see your piston avitar and raise you a rotary.

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    sorry about the randomness, but I love supporting my car.
     

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