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Old Sep 30, 2008, 1:40 PM   #1
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As I am fairly new to DLSRs can any one tell me whether a Circular Poarizing lens is a waste of money or not, asI can get close to the effect with photoshop. I always had one with my film slrs. I would be intersted in your opinions.

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You cannot reproduce all the effects in photoshop. You can change the color of the sky and the like but you cannot reproduce the effects of polarization like reflections in water. I have a Circular polorizer and use it at high altitude for sky color and when taking pictures of water when I don't want the reflections or want to see the marine life. That's about all I ever use them for film or digital.
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Old Sep 30, 2008, 11:28 PM   #3
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The circular polarizer is definitely the most useful of the filters to carry around. Like ReneB3 mentioned it will cut reflections from shiny surfaces, saturate colours, and improve contrast because of these facts ....I will often use mine as a neutral density filter in a pinch as well (between a stop and a stop and a half less light depending on the scene), A worthy investment IMHO.
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Thanks for the info, it looks like a worthwile purchase after all.

As I mentioned I had one on my film cameras most of the time but was hoping P/shop was going to save me a few quid/bucks.

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Is there any really difference between one brand and another filter brand? Who makes the best filters..the 2nd..3rd??
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Old Nov 15, 2008, 6:33 AM   #6
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Is there any really difference between one brand and another filter brand? Who makes the best filters..the 2nd..3rd??
My Nikon Canon dealer/ Proshopadvised me to get a Tiffen UV protecter filter and said I wouldn't be able to tell the difference between that one and a very expensive one.They did have some for twice the price.So when I got home I took shots with the filer on and without it then compared them side by side on my computer and found absolutely no degrading of the image in any way.What the more elaborate types would have been like I dont know.Perhaps there may be more difference in the more elaborate types of filter.
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