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Old Dec 9, 2009, 1:52 PM   #1
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I'm a rank amatuer who recently acquired a Canon 24-105 L for my T1i from a 5D MK2 owner who prefers primes. I shoot primarily outdoors in daylight and I'm debating the value of a good quality polarizing filter. Are they only useful for specific planned shots? Or do some leave them on when conditions are right.

Most of my outings include others in tow and I'm not sure I'll have the time (or patience) to put on a polarizing filter for one shot, then take it off again.

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Old Dec 9, 2009, 2:02 PM   #2
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I'm a rank amatuer who recently acquired a Canon 24-105 L for my T1i from a 5D MK2 owner who prefers primes. I shoot primarily outdoors in daylight and I'm debating the value of a good quality polarizing filter. Are they only useful for specific planned shots? Or do some leave them on when conditions are right.

Most of my outings include others in tow and I'm not sure I'll have the time (or patience) to put on a polarizing filter for one shot, then take it off again.

Thanks.
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For outdoors you might as well leave it on. It does cut down the amount of light getting to the sensor so if you are shooting in lower light, you'll need to consider what you want to do (if shutter speed is important increase your ISO, if not, consider a tripod). Make sure you understand how a polarizer operates, so you can make the most of it's capabilities, but it won't hurt anything if you just have it on, regardless of whether or not you have it rotated to a position to affect anything.
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