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Old Mar 22, 2008, 1:54 PM   #1
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I've never used Polarizing and or UV filters. I don't know how much of a difference they will make and don't want to spend a lot on filters.

I was surfing around the net and found some Sunpak 2 paks - Circular Polarizer and UV sets. Ive got a few 52mm lenses and one 62mm. So Ifound Sunpak 2 Paks for each (52mm and 62mm). Total is $33, butthere is alsoa come on to sign up for a credit card and get $30 off the first purchase. So Ican get a a 52mm UV, a 52mm Circ. Polarizer, a 62mm UV, and a 62mm Circ. Polarizer for $3.00.

I realize you get what you pay for, and the Sunpaks are considerably cheaper than B+W, Cokin, or Hoya, but for $3 how bad can they be? Anyone have experience with Sunpak filters?
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Old Mar 22, 2008, 4:36 PM   #2
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I have a Sunpak circular polarizer and it seems to work just fine. For my kind of use (i.e. I do not publish photos for magazines), it works just fine. I do not have any of the professional grade filters--I'd also be interested to hear of feedback re. the discernible merits of a pro filter vs. a $30 filter.


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I think the difference between the expensive and the cheap-o filters are the number of coatings on the glass. I put a UV filter on all my auto focus Pentax lenses, but I don't bother with the cheaper/manual eBay specials. In some cases the filter would cost more than I paid for the lens.

I have a cheap-o polarizer, and it does okay for me. I love the way you can take the reflection right out of water, and punch up a bright blue sky. I used it just today to pull the gloomy gray sky reflection out of the pool at the bottom of the waterfall I was shooting.
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Old Mar 22, 2008, 9:12 PM   #4
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Thanks guys, I placed an order for 2 sets of Sunpak UV filtersand CPL's (52mm and 62mm).


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Old Mar 22, 2008, 9:15 PM   #5
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a200user wrote:
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Thanks guys, I placed an order for 2 sets of Sunpak UV filtersand CPL's (52mm and 62mm).

I use the Cokin sytem of filters but you might not want to go there!! LOL

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Old Mar 23, 2008, 1:17 AM   #6
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I'll be interested to hear how you like them. I had bought a cheap polarizer for the FZ30, but was very disappointed in it (it didn't seem to make much difference, no matter what I did). I also had an old, cheap,UV filter on a lens that caused flare and ghosting, so I tend not to use UV filters at all any more. I still occasionally use an old linear polarizer with a manual 50mm lens on the K100 (it causes exposure problems with the K10). After those experiences I decided to buy one expensive circular polarizer and some step up rings.
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Old Mar 23, 2008, 12:29 PM   #7
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Personally, I would spend the money on just a polarizing filter and skip the UV filters altogether. I started off buying them (UV), many of the lenses I have bought used included them, and they are all sitting in drawer now. I never found a circumstance where they helped me create a better image and I did find circumstances where they detracted. I reach for my polarizing filters fairly regularly though.

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Old Mar 24, 2008, 2:15 AM   #8
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UV/Haze filters do a recognizable job at altitude. I got into the habit of always using a UV/1A filter - but then I lived at 7,000+ feet. They do make a difference and it is noticeable what a mile+ of atmosphere will do to the scattering of UV light.

I have CPL's for my Pentax DA and other lenses. One trick - when using a CPL put the sun off you shoulder (90 degrees to the direction the camera is pointing) that is where you get the greatest effect on the sky.

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Old Mar 27, 2008, 5:25 PM   #9
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I dunno, NonEntity. UV filters are not ENTIRELY useless. I bought Quantaray UV filters for my lenses so it protects the lens glass. It doesnt add any flare or ghosting so there's no compromise. I'd gladly sacrifice a $5 UV for my lens anyday! :lol:
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I haven't had any use for uv filters other that extra protection for the lens, I don't go high enough to see a difference.

Got 2 'cheap' circ pol. from http://stores.benl.ebay.be/PHOTO-BITZ-LTD, the first one I use on my tamr.18-200 and it works fine, the second I wanted to use one my sigma 100-300ex and it simply doesn't work.
After putting the cp on the lens the lens it won't focus anymore. Not manual, (no beep, or automatic).
So I'm not a to great fan for cheap cp's.

But for 3$ ... I would say go for it.

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