Filters...Polarizer Specifically

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  1. WDodd

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    I was looking into getting a circular polarizer filter and I was wondering what recommendations everyone here had for me.

    What other filters would be a good investment? I have UV currently.
     
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    Polarizer is a must. Don't scrimp on it, buy a good one. Also, I use neutral density filters a lot.
     
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    The two I use the most are the UV and polarizer. I agree to stay with a good brand. Stay away from store brand filters, just my opinion. I like B&W and Nikon filters. Hoya are OK. Again, JMHO. I don't use too many other filters except a star-burst filter when shooting live bands and night scenes, but that is just a little creative control I impart, not a need to have filter.
     
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    I just got the Hoya pro1 digital Cir-polarizing and love it. Depending on your filter size it's around $100.

    They have some new coating on it called DMC (digital multicoating), and looking online it seems to suit digital sensors more than their SHMC filters, but who knows, they're about the same price anyway.

    I mostly use a clear protective multicoated filter and this one.
     
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    Something else to consider when buying filters is the quality of your lens (or lenses). If your lens is a base model kit lens, an expensive filter isn't going to magically improve it...likewise if you have a top quality lens don't mess up the images with a lesser quality filter.

    If you choose to get an ND or grad ND filter, get the cokin rectangular type. That way you can adjust where the horizon is and one filter will work with a multitude of lens diameters.
     
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    Thanks for all the tips. Were there any other brand suggestions besides Peniole?

    AUZambo: I was definitely going to get something quality and I know better than to expect magical improvements. I'm saving to get something quality to replace my kit lens currently.
     
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    I too say get a good one. Get one in the largest thread size you have and get step-up rings to fit it to any smaller lenses.

    You could get the Cokin system and the circular polarizer that fits it. That agan will work with all your lenses.

    REALLY good ones are from Singh Ray but you will pay a lot. Hoya is good as well. I think Lee makes one for it's system and they produce quality filters.
     
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    Not to be critical or contradict, but last time I looked, the step down ring was more than the polarizing filter. I was going to drop from 77mm to 58mm and it was also special order. :greenpbl:

    So I just bought the correct filter.
     
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    If I may back up the conversation a bit; how will a polarizer enhance the photos?

    have a good one
    3Eo
     
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    Circular polarizers reduce the reflecting rays from water and other non-metallic type objects as well as adding contrast to stuff like the sky.

    Not very detailed but in a nutshell thats what I understand it does, correct me if I'm wrong.
     
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    Could it be considered standard practice to have a UV lens and then a polarizer on top whether indoors or out? Or, would the polarizer have to come off in typical indoor settings?

    have a good one
    3Eo
     
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