Polarizer Filters are a WONDERFUL
thing, and on eBay, they are as common as dirt. But, before you go ANY further,
its time for a little truth in advertising. There
are TWO different types of Polarizing Filters:
and Circular Polarizers. Although the effect is roughly identical when used properly, there is a right and a wrong
PLACE to USE them.
I sell ONLY Circular Polarizers! No
HOW TO CHOOSE:
Most " modern" Film an
d Digital Cameras and Camcorders use what is called a " Semi-Silvered Mir
ror" or Prism, to split the beam of light entering the unit's viewfinde
r in order to perform proper " Auto-Focus" and Exposure operations. A Linear Polarizer
can interact with these operations in an unpredictable manner.
The Linear Polarizer
Filter was designed primarily for " Older" Cameras and Camcorders whi
ch do NOT have EITHER an Auto-Focus or an Exposure Meter that
uses a " Beam-Splitter." Although you can u
se a Linear Polarizer on devices with " Beam-Splitter" Auto-Foc
us and/or Exposure Meters, you will NOT get the best results.
The Circular Polarizer
Filter is designed Specifically for modern
Auto-Focus Devices and Exposure Meters that DO use " Beam-Splitters."
This newer technology is in most modern 35 mm Cameras, some APS Cameras, and
most modern Camcorders and Digital Cameras. Therefore, they SHOULD use
the Circular Polarizer. To not use it may mean less focusing and/or metering
The Circular Polarizer is a somewhat
more expensive type of filter, since it is much harder to make and a much more
advanced technology, and therefore some vendors of cheap filters on eBay don't
even want you to know that there is a difference. However, this is ONE
place where you get what you pay for. If you have an Auto-Focus Camera
or Camcorder, or one which uses a " Beam-Splitter"for Exposure
Metering, OR BOTH, you really SHOULD
use ONLY a Circular Polarizer.
TO PUT IT SHORT:
You can use a CIRCULAR
Polarizer on ANY photographic lens, but you should not use a Linear on
some. Check your Manual and
then make your decision.
Click on the BOX, below, which takes
you to the Tiffen Web-site for SPECIFIC INFORMATION about the use of Polarizer
I may be the only person on all of
eBay who will tell you that there really is a difference (look and see),
but it is up to you to decide which you want. Either one is worth
having, in the right place, but they ARE different. So, read the information
about the differences. Check your Manual BEFORE Buying! To get
the most from your equipment, you SHOULD have a Polarizer of some kind. But, your precious memories are too valuable to not at
least CONSIDER what you are dealing with. It is up to YOU!
I do not have information about specific
cameras and camcorders. Check your Manual.
Tiffen Polarizer Filter
Just how much DID you spend on that Lens?
you were THINKING about putting something less than a top notch
Tiffen Filter on it?
Shame on you!
Notice the subtle, yet important darkening of the blue patches of sky giving you a more dramatic, some would say, more realistic picture. A Tiffen Polarizer Filter can help keep sky blue from turning your outdoor pictures into a washed out GRAY. Best of all, it does NOT affect other colors except to restore the more saturated, natural, beautiful colors which were washed out without a Polarizer Filter. Some of the ads I see on eBay imply that a Polarizer can turn a GREEN
Sky to Blue. Don't expect such nonsense. The effect is as stated above IF it is
actually a GOOD Polarizer.
1. Use a
Polarizer Filter whenever you photograph the sky. It gives its Best effect when
used at right angles to the direction of the sun. It is adjustable in its
effect. Rotate it to lighten or darken the effect.