Polalizing filters in snow

Discussion in 'Beyond the Basics' started by Axel, Nov 29, 2004.

  1. Axel

    Axel TPF Noob!

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    Is there any advantage of using a polarizing filter in snow?

    Thanks.

    PS. How much would you pay for a good one 52mm?
     
  2. Jamie R

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    Axel,

    You've been preoccupied with polariser filters for ages!

    A polariser will introduce bizarre hues in colour photographs of snow. In black and white, it may change the tonal values, however increases contrast in an already contrasty situation.

    For a low grade 52mm uncoated resin grade, around $20-40. For a higher grade glass version, perhaps about $40-60.

    I wouldn't recommend buying a 52mm, unless you plan to have one lens only. Perhaps consider getting a large size, i.e. 67mm or 77mm, depending on your projected purchases of larger lenses, and use a step up or down ring from 52-67mm etc. Most photographers don't want to own 5 different polarisers. I certainly wouldn't want more than one.

    If you want a high grade polariser recommendation, I use a B&W Kasemann MRC with scratchproof coating and sealed ends. That'll set you back around $100 at least. Heliopan are just as good as B&W, using Schott glass, used for Zeiss lenses. Some Americans rave about Singh Ray filters too.

    Good luck.
     
  3. Axel

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    Not for ages, but for a long time! LOL! Thanks for your recommendation...
     
  4. Artemis

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    Id say use a blue filter, thatll really add to the icy affect!
     

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