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Old May 16, 2005, 11:58 AM   #1
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After reading about these filters I am a little confused.

It sounded to me that the circular type were for cameras where the lens rotated for focus andor zoom so the polarization was always the same, meaning in the same direction.

Now I have a Pana FZ15 and will be getting the Raynox "tube". So am I better off with just getting a linear polarizer since the filter will not be rotating as the lens zooms or focuses? I want to get what ever will be best, but if there is no advantage for me I will go with the less expensive linear type.

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Old May 16, 2005, 8:33 PM   #2
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I believe it depends on how the camera focuses and how it meters the light. I have a Fujifilm S5100 and it can use the linear type polarizer. The best way is to take your camera to a shop and try the two types. That's what I did.
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Old May 17, 2005, 11:18 PM   #3
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Ken - did you end up getting a linear or circular polariser in the end? I've been looking to make the same purchase myself.
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Old May 18, 2005, 12:41 PM   #4
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Any thoughts or replies from Panasonic owners who already have either?

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Old May 23, 2005, 5:36 PM   #5
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In my opinion, linear polarizers work much better than circular polarizers but some auto-focus systems will not focus with the linear. One solution to this is to use manual focus. The exposure system meters on what it "sees" so it doesn't matter which type you use. Another thing to consider is that circular polarizers are about twice as expensive than linear especially if you have a large ring size like 62mm, 77mm, etc.

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Old Jun 20, 2005, 8:53 AM   #6
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Hi AevnsGrandpa1- I've been using a B+W circular polarizer for quite some time and its the recommended type for autofocus cameras. I'm using mine in combinations with a Sony Cybershot DSC-S85. Check on Ebay as I'm sure you can pick them up at a good price. I would not go for the linear version with your camera type.

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