Go Back   Steve's Digicams Forums > Digital Cameras (Point and Shoot) > Panasonic / Leica

Reply
 
Thread Tools Search this Thread
Old Feb 25, 2008, 12:23 AM   #1
Member
 
Join Date: Nov 2007
Posts: 87
Default

how important and useful is a polarizer? Some say they use it with all their sunny photos, some don't use it at all. I understand a linear one is better for the fz8, is that correct? what firms are recommended and from what to stay away?

thanks
doto41 is offline   Reply With Quote
Sponsored Links
Old Feb 25, 2008, 7:52 AM   #2
Senior Member
 
genece's Avatar
 
Join Date: Jun 2003
Posts: 2,111
Default

I own several different sizes of polarizers and I almost never use them.......I think I would have a different outlook if lived in the SW but here in Western PA there are not many bright sunny days and I have not learned to depend on a polarizer....

But many people use a polarizer quite a bit.......I also like to take wildlife photos and very seldom can I afford to give up those two stops of light......

I would get an inexpensive linear polarizer and decide for yourself if it really fits in your plan of things..........You can get a Hoya linear polarizer for about 15 bucks......not a bad investment to experiment with.

A linear polarizer seems to be a bit more effective onthe FZ cameras, but the difference is very slight. You do not need a circular one but if its all you can find it will work well.
genece is offline   Reply With Quote
Old Feb 25, 2008, 10:32 AM   #3
Member
 
Join Date: Nov 2007
Posts: 87
Default

thanks. Looks like a good idea to go for the hoya linear. I understood I need a 52mm one for the fz8 but on the panasonic site they have both 52mm and 55mm as options. the manual also has LMC-52 as filters, so its 52mm or am I missing something?
doto41 is offline   Reply With Quote
Old Feb 25, 2008, 11:52 AM   #4
Senior Member
 
genece's Avatar
 
Join Date: Jun 2003
Posts: 2,111
Default

Yes 52mm ....Panasonic sold a 55mm adapter for the FZ5/ FZ8 but 52mm is the stock adapter.

Well I think they sold a 55mm adapter for the FZ8.....
genece is offline   Reply With Quote
Old Feb 26, 2008, 12:18 AM   #5
Member
 
Join Date: Nov 2007
Posts: 87
Default

is vivitar considered a good firm for filters?
doto41 is offline   Reply With Quote
Old Feb 26, 2008, 7:13 AM   #6
Senior Member
 
genece's Avatar
 
Join Date: Jun 2003
Posts: 2,111
Default

I do not think so.......but I have no special knowledge of that......in fact thats the first I saw that they made filters. But they may be big in other countries......perhaps someone has better info.
genece is offline   Reply With Quote
Old Feb 27, 2008, 1:33 PM   #7
Junior Member
 
zstringer's Avatar
 
Join Date: Sep 2005
Posts: 26
Default

I bought a Hoya polarizer on eBay for around $15. Here's a picture I took with it - the blues would have been as deep without the polarizer.


Attached Images
 
zstringer is offline   Reply With Quote
 
Reply


Thread Tools Search this Thread
Search this Thread:

Advanced Search

Posting Rules
You may not post new threads
You may not post replies
You may not post attachments
You may not edit your posts

BB code is On
Smilies are On
[IMG] code is On
HTML code is Off
Trackbacks are Off
Pingbacks are Off
Refbacks are Off



All times are GMT -5. The time now is 2:23 AM.