CPL filters

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    I just went out and bought a $55 Hoya circular polarizer and I was excited to use it so when I got home I put it on and went out to take a couple tester pics to see how they look. However I was disappointed when looking at them, they didn't look a lot different than with the filter turned off. Are there different strengths of polarizers? Do different brands tend to have different strengths?
    I'll post some of the shots in a couple minutes.

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    Not turned 1/320
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    Turned 1/200
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    I know the pictures suck, I was just trying to take a quick shot of some glass because you can see the difference, and it was coooold so I didn't want to spend much time outside.
     
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    With a circular polarizer you can turn it to various spots for the best picture quality. I'd say to try it on a landscape shot with some sky to really experience its overall effects.
     
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    I tried taking pictures to the sky, which was blue today with a few clouds, and it didn't make much difference there either.
    I was messing around with turning it the whole time, and it's pretty much like "on" or "off", it doesn't fade in too much, or vice versa.
     
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    Looks like your shooting in a fairly shady area in that pic .... might be worth trying where yu have a lot of glare, cars can be quite good to test it with. I found it good at a car museum under glaring aritificial light. Without the filter it lost all the colour as it was just a glare. Also good if your shooting strong blue skies and emerald greens.As far as im aware there is no variation on strengths, i may be wrong. Mine is a hoya and seems to work fine
     
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    i shot this with a CP filter, it deepened the blue bits and makes the water almost see through instead of reflective
    [​IMG]
     
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    Ok, good news, my main subject is cars, I guess I might just have to wait until the spring and see how well it works
     
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    Sometimes it's really hard to tell if it's turned on or off, and sometimes it's partially on and part of the picture is polarized and some isn't. Is there some way of indicating whether it's "on" or "off", using the notch in the ring? I went out again today, parked the car in the sun, and was once again very disappointed, and starting to wonder if it's worth the $57.
     
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    OK there is no "on" or "off" with a CPL. With a CPL you will notice the difference. Look for the reflection vs the non reflection in the windows of cars and watch for the sky to get more blue. You may not notice a huge difference but there will be one. I have a sample I can show you if your interested.
     
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    Hey not to hijack your thread.... but I am noticing a bout 1 and 2/3's of a stop difference between it turn, and not turnd.. are you seeing this much of a differnce as well?
    -H
     
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    unturned
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    turned
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    this was indoors
     

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