Polarizer & rotating front element

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  1. 250Gimp

    250Gimp TPF Noob!

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    Can I use a circular polarizer on a lense with a front element that rotates when focussing?

    Can I hold the filter as the lense rotates, or will it damage the lense?

    Cheers :D
     
  2. Torus34

    Torus34 No longer a newbie, moving up!

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    Yes. No. Maybe.
     
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    Zoom, focus and then adjust the polarizer.
     
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    Kind of a tertiary question, but is it really necessary to get a fancy $100 polarizer? After seeing what they can do I really want one, especially since the east shore of SF is one of my favorite subjects (lots of water reflections), but the 'good' brands are priced pretty high...

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    No, just get a moderately priced circular.
     
  6. 250Gimp

    250Gimp TPF Noob!

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    Thanks for the feedback Torus34 & fmw.

    Illah, I have a moderatley priced circular polarizer, $60 cdn., and I am really happy with it.
     
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    Well the cheapest I can find is a basic Quantaray for $40, then there's the 'Pro' level Quantaray for $70, then the MC and SMC Hoyas for $90 & $100 respectively.

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  8. Big Mike

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    I usually go with something that is not the cheapest but not the most expensive. It's not very scientific...but it works.
     
  9. Illah

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    That's often my approach as well :)

    Man, I didn't realize how much filters jump in price as you get bigger until just recently. I was using a 52mm lens for the past few months and never gave the prices a second look since everything was $20-40.

    Life would be easier if I was attracted to inexpensive hobbies!

    --Illah
     
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    Ya, big filters are expensive.

    I got lucky at a garage sale this year. I bought a little baggie for $1...it had a 67mm polarizer, a 67mm cross filter, three 46mm filters and a rubber lens hood...not bad for $1.
     
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    Something's wrong with prices here. I just bought a 72mm Hoya circular polarizing filter for $34, and that included shipping.
     
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    From where? Was it a multicoated one? Share the wealth!

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