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Old Jun 1, 2010, 8:18 PM   #1
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Default what circular polarizer filter to buy?

Recently purchased a Pentax k-7 and I love it! Thanks to the folks in the pentax forum for your great advice!

Anyways, I'm on a budget, and I would like to purchase a circular polarizer filter for landscape photography that's around 50-70 dollars.

Any suggestions, insight, or warnings would be greatly appreciated!
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Old Jun 1, 2010, 8:33 PM   #2
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You might try KEH.com for a used filter. There is quite a range of prices, depending on the quality and coatings used, as well as whether the filter is glass or plastic. Size matters, too, at least as far as the cost of filters. Larger ones are considerably more expensive. I would probably not waste money on the least expensive ones - there is likely to be considerable loss of image quality.

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Polarizing filters cause vignetting at wide angles. For landscape photography, you might be better off without one. You might be able to do what you want with a Neutral Density or a Graduated Neutral Density filter.
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Hoya, Tiffen, Cokin. I prefer Hoya.
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Tiffen HT or B-W. Tiffen HT are the easiest to clean like plan glass filters.
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Hoya, Tiffen, Cokin. I prefer Hoya.
Which Hoya do you recommend for the 50-70 dollar price range?

I checked the tiffen ht line and they were a bit over 100 bucks, which is too much for me.
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HMC if you want to spend the extra money. But the regular blue box works find also. Hoya is less then the B-W and Tiffen HT. So it is a better price point.
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Are you going to be buying from B&H? What size are you going to buy? I looked at Hoya and B+W filters, size 58 mm (think that's the Pentax DA 55-300 lens diameter) and most of them are under $100, even for the multi-coated ones. It really depends on what size filter you need - I have several lenses that are 77 mm so of course, my circular polarizer was well over $100 and I bought some step-up rings so I could use it on my smaller lenses. The same one at 52 mm (diameter of the kit lens) is under $100. What lenses do you have that you'll want to use the filter on?
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well, i have the kit lens (18-55mm) and the 50-200mm lens. the kit lens is 52mm and the 50-200mm is 49mm.

I want to get it for the kit lens, and probably get a step-up ring for the 200mm
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well, i have the kit lens (18-55mm) and the 50-200mm lens. the kit lens is 52mm and the 50-200mm is 49mm.

I want to get it for the kit lens, and probably get a step-up ring for the 200mm
A step up ring on the 55-200 will probably interfere with the lens hood, and I don't think you should give up the lens hood so you can use a polarizer. I don't think a polarizer takes care of all the things you need a hood for.

Anybody else have any ideas on that?
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