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Old 16-01-2009, 15:03   #1 (permalink)
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Polarizing filter

Been told a Polarizing filter would be a wise addition to my new kit (Nikon D60 18-55 VR).
What are the benefits and what would I expect to pay etc?
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Re: Polarizing filter

Polarising filters work by suppressing surface reflections from non-metallic objects, by blocking the rays. The amount of suppression depends on the angle of the reflected light, the rotation of the filter and the amount of polarisation. You also see an increase in colour saturation as the glare caused by the surface reflections often lightens the subject.

see the link for a Hoya filter

http://www.amazon.co.uk/Hoya-58mm-Circular-Polarizing-Filter/dp/B00006H2EY

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Old 16-01-2009, 15:23   #3 (permalink)
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Cheers Dave.
May sound like a stupid question, but what size would I need for a 18-55 lens?
Oh, and how does it fit on the end of the lens?
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Re: Polarizing filter

Personally, I use it less for suppressing reflections and more for that wonderful deep blue saturated sky with fluffy bright white clouds. Also for the advantage that using one gives 2 fewer exposure/shutter stops , so allowing the 'silky milky' look in 'falls (usually rotated so as not to prevent reflections!). It's also a difficult filter to duplicate in PS (or work around)
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Re: Polarizing filter

it will depend on the lens make. There will be a thread on the front of the lens for it to screw into. You will need to see what size the lens takes.
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Re: Polarizing filter

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Cheers Dave.
May sound like a stupid question, but what size would I need for a 18-55 lens?
Oh, and how does it fit on the end of the lens?
If you're using a screw-on filter you, well, screw it on! Size is usually noted at the end of the lens i.e. 58mm or 55mm. Be aware that polarising filters rotate, as do the ends of some lenses (which makes finding the right position more challenging!)

There are more expensive filter systems where a frame is attached to the end of the lens and each filter may then be dropped in
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A circ pol made these two shots possible

Sunrise by ~Sprited on deviantART

Pretty Little Bridge by ~Sprited on deviantART

whereas without you get it more like this

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