CPL Vs Linear

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  1. Ptyler22

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    I got a circular polarizer about a couple months ago but what I realized is that I will have to keep constantly adjusting it when I'm out shooting. So I won't be able to use my hood or just shoot shoot shoot, I will have to keep adjusting the filter for every shot. Do you have to do this with a Linear polarizer or is it always "on" and you don't have to turn it to adjust the polarization. Also do linear polarizers have a "stronger" effect than cpl's?
    I'm mostly going to be using it to shoot cars, so there will be lost of different angles and things that I have to adjust the cpl for.

    Thanks a lot!
     
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    The difference between a linear and a circ is that the circ won't screw up your camera's AF. Otherwise they behave the same with regards to the image. That you have to mess with the polarizer is simply an artifact of physics.
     
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    Go with Circ when in doubt, then it works with everything.
     
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    if you want your hood on whilst shooting surf Ebay for some screwfit hoods. Then you can have the hood screw into the front thread of the circularpolarizer and have the best of both worlds. Vignetting (shadows in the corners) should not be a problem with these hoods on a crop sensor camera body and is most likley not a problem for fullframe ones either unless your using very wide angle lenses.
     
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    I've always been told because i shoot digitally i should use a circular, but linear is much cheaper, and if its only because of the auto focus that i need it i can just buy a linear and focus manually? Most of the time i use a polarizer i'll also focus manually.
     
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    Oh, ok, sounds like I've got the right one then, thanks guys!
     
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    I'm not sure about this but Im gona throw it out here anyway. Why would you need a hood with a Circular filter on? the circular filter prevents glare off subjects and lens.
     
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    but hoods also protect the lens against a lot of accidental bumps and scrapes. I really hate shooting macro without my lens hood on - so many twigs and such can end up comming into contact with the front element without you even noticing. Sure most of the time its fine - but there is going to be that one rose with that one really sharp thorn oneday!!
     
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    Ya exactly, I just want to protect it, I mean $350 lens, and then a $60 filter, I want to protect them plus flare off the lens from the sun still happens with the cpl on
     
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    very good point lolI :,s
     
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    It's not about shooting with digital equipment, it's about the AF and metering system in the camera. You can use either type of filter on your SLR, but any camera that has built-in AF and metering will most likely lose one or both of those features because of the way a linear polarizer manipulates the light.

    Here's some more in depth polarizer information:

    Polarizers
    Polarizer - Camerapedia.org
     
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    Its the lens focusing and its rotating the filter.

    Get a lens with Internal Focusing and you wont need to reajust your filter.
     

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