Quick Question on UV & Polorizer filters

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  1. mendyogi

    mendyogi TPF Noob!

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    I've always had a UV filter on my lens and just started playing with a polorizer. Question is - can I keep the Polorizer on the lens all the times just like I do with the UV - even for indoor and wedding photography (shooting some candids at a friends wedding) or should it only be used for outdoors (Seems like a pain to carry separate and put on and take off)? Also, do I really need the UV filter on the lens if I can keep the polorizer on the lens at all times - real purpose of the UV was to protect the lens element (I thought) and I guess the polorizer would accomplish that as well.

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    I like to keep a UV filter on most of the time. I remove it when there may be a problem with flare, difficult lighting etc. I only place a polarizer on when photographing landscape with sky (to darker the sky) or items with glass (to cut the reflections). I don't think leaving a polarizer on all the time is a good idea as it does reduce the incoming light.
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    Take the polarizer off when not really using it....like indoors. All it will do indoors is cut off light, which means slower shutter speeds, and reduced flash range.
     
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    Thanks guys - that's what I was looking for !
     
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    TamiyaGuy No longer a newbie, moving up!

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    You CAN leave the polariser on all the time, but it will (for an average CPL) cut off 1 stop of light, or halve your shutter speed (unless you're using flash). If you're indoors when light is already limited, you should really take it off.
     

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