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Old Jun 3, 2010, 1:21 PM   #1
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Default Do I need a polariser filter for landscape (FZ35) ?

Hy, I will go in July in USA ouest coast national parks.
Do you think I need to buy a polariser filter ?
Do you have any to recommand for FZ5 ?

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Old Jun 3, 2010, 1:52 PM   #2
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They are good for reducing reflection when shooting through glass or shooting something shinny. They are good for turning, the sky more blue is you use them properly. Shooting perpendicular to the sun give the best results. But then it only work on a bright sunny day for this effect.
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They can also have a great effect removing the reflections on water.
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The Pol filter can enhance colors in general and works well on landscape. However, it will cut light up to 2 fstops, so you must have plenty of light to avoid low shutter speeds or wide apertures.
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Old Jun 4, 2010, 6:06 PM   #5
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Tullio,

sorry, I am a novice...
The word "2fstop"... was does it mean ?

Do you think the FZ35 will be lost, and won't find rigth parameters for nice pictures ?

If the decrease in light is so big, is a polarizer a good idear for a small sensor such as the FZ35 one ?

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Although the FZ35 is not an dslr, this may help:

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=7Vvz_d6APXk

http://www.luminous-landscape.com/tu...larizers.shtml
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Tullio,

sorry, I am a novice...
The word "2fstop"... was does it mean ?

Do you think the FZ35 will be lost, and won't find rigth parameters for nice pictures ?

If the decrease in light is so big, is a polarizer a good idear for a small sensor such as the FZ35 one ?

JF
The 2 fstops means that the camera will need to increase aperture by two values. In a more simplistic way, the camera will need more light because the pol filter is dark and cuts down the light. Some pol filters are darker than others and may/may not cut more light.

The FZ35 is a clever camera and will give you great results in P mode, which will let you make some changes such as ISO value but the camera will be in control of aperture/shutter combination. As you get more familiar (and comfortable) with it, then you can start experimenting shooting in A or S modes.

The pol. has its value for sure. It increases color saturation (darkens blues and greens), cuts down reflection and and some cases, helps cut down the haze as well. It is certainly a great filter to have but not one that you'd keep on the camera at all times. For that, you need an UV filter, which works as a lens protector.
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Does anyone know the size of a pol filter for the FZ35? And do I remove the uv filter that is in place now? I would order one online but cannot find the correct screw in size?
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All filters are 46mm, you can only have one on at a time.
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Both UV and Polarizers have their place in your kit. Because they are added and removed on a continuing basis, it is wise to have a small pouch to protect and store those filters when not in use.

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