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a type of filter used to reduce oblique reflections and increase color saturation

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Using a polarizing filter at night

Advantages and disavantages of using a polarizer at night? reflections from light on materials if it rains: does it decrease the "wet look"? reflections on glass: do they disappear as in the ...
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Using a linear polarizing filter with a DSLR [duplicate]

Can I use a linear polarizing filter with a DSLR camera in manual mode?
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Which polarizer is better [duplicate]

I have been looking at get a polarizer and some nd filters for my sigma 50mm art lense. From my research, it looks like the best are B+W and Hoya. Does anybody have any experience with either brand on ...
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how to use a circular polarizing filter [duplicate]

I am testing out a B+W 49mm Circular Polarizer filter, but there is no marking, or indication where the starting position supposed to be. If the filter is supposed to be turned to turn polarization ...
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Why does the use of multiple filters create vignetting?

Recently I have had vignetting problem with my Sigma 18-200mm f/3.5-6.3 DC OS HSM (72mm) After checking, it is specified in the manual that one should not use multiple filters or thick filter (as ...
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Help me choose a Singh Ray filter combo!

I'm really interested in long exposure photography and will be shooting the coastline in the Pacific Northwest, plus landscapes mostly in Colorado. I have absolutely settled on Singh Ray filters as ...
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Usefulness of a Broken Polarizing Filter

I picked up my camera bag a few days ago, which was not zipped shut. Out fell two of my lenses. In the process I broke the focus motor on one lens and cracked a Hoya HD polarizing filter on the other ...
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Can looking at a computer screen show the difference between linear and circular polarizing filters?

About the difference between linear and circular polarizing filters (quite well developed on this Q&R): What is the effect of placing those filters in front of a computer screen? I have seen two ...
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How does a polarizing filter work?

I know what a polarizer does to the light, and how it works technically (filtering out some of the oscillation directions of the electromagnetic radiation), and also how this affects pictures ...
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Do I need a polariser for winter sports?

This will be my first year taking my DSLR to the slopes, I want to get the best pics possible. I have thought for a long time that the main thing I would need is a circular polariser to eliminate ...
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Can a circular polarizer filter cause noisy images?

I am using a Canon 450D with 17-85mm Canon lens. I noticed that the image is very noisy when I use my CPL filter. Is my filter bad quality or is this normal? I notice this especially when I take RAW ...
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Polarizing filter [duplicate]

I am new in photography. I am planning to buy a "Polarizing filter" for my lens. Actually, I know very little about this filter. So, I am not sure, does it really necessary to take good color ...
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Homogeneity of a filter, when does it matter?

I read a review of circular polarizing filters in www.lenstip.com and one of the tests is to judge the homogeneity of the filters. Quote from the test explanation page: Homogeneity is a ...
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How do I keep a polarising filter from coming loose?

I've got a certain lens + filter combination that won't work well together. My polarising filter keeps coming loose when I rotate it. Is there a trick to keeping it attached, like putting something ...
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Is it possible to safely disassemble a polarizing filter?

I just purchased an Hoya PL-CIR filter off craiglists (I'm starting photography and it was cheap) and it looks like there is some dust/dirt between the two lenses. Is there a way to safely ...
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What is causing this extreme glossy effect when using a polarizing filter?

I have noted a few times at car shows and events when processing my images that some have what i can only call an extreme gloss effect - OK this car was shiny, but the image looks very striking and ...
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Do I need a slim or normal polarized filter for a Tokina 11-16mm wide angle lens?

I have a Canon T3i body and I recently bought the Tokina wide angle lens for landscape and astro-photography. I am looking to buy a polarizing filter, but I'm not sure if I should get the slim or the ...
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Circular Polarization and Passive autofocus [duplicate]

Couple of weeks ago, I was assigned a homework in one of my Applied Physics master's course. My professor asked to explain why passive autofocus works only with circular polarizers. I am not a very ...
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Is there any reason to place polarizer filter before ND graduated one?

Is there any reason to place polarizer filter before (the first in stack) ND or/and ND graduated one (for example as we can see on Lee 105 mm ring)? Is there any technical reason to do that or it's a ...
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Why do some polarizers transmit more light then others?

How do filters such as the Singh-Ray LB Polarizer transmit more light then other circular polarizers? I am particularly interested in this technology because they claim to only add 1-1/3 stop to the ...
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Are neutral density filters or polarizers better for a desert environment? Or another filter?

Desert environment includes actual desert, some water (yes, I said that), some (dusty) city scenes, some POSSIBLY shiny buildings and pools of water. The research on this suggests that ND polarizers ...
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How does a circular polarizer affect the “stars” from strong lights at night?

When taking night photos at narrower apertures strong light sources such as streetlights demonstrate a star effect based on the number of blades in the lens' aperture. What effect would a polarizer ...
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What type and size of polarizing is needed for a Canon Rebel T4i [duplicate]

Possible Duplicate: How do I find the right size of filters for a lens? I am in the process of buying a new camera. I am getting 18-55mm lens and a 55-250 lens what size of polarizing lens ...
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How can I fix a sticky polarizing filter?

I took a gamble and bought a used B+W Circular Polarizer off eBay. The filter looks great but the adjusting ring is a little bit sticky. Is there some way to lubricate this?
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How do Rodenstock filters compare to B&W, Heliopan, and Hoya HD?

I am looking for a good filter for my 67mm thread lens. I have good experience with the Hoya 8Layer HD cir-pol filter and I really like that it is not as dark as other filters, but it is very ...
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Circular polarizer in underwater photography?

Today, I was watching a underwater video and suddenly asked myself if anyone has used a circular polarizer or polarizer in underwater shots or videos? I searched on the internet but nothing ...
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What kind of special effects can be created using polarizing filters?

From what I have read so far (this question in particular), CPL filters are good for darkening skys and improving image contrast by cutting down unwanted reflections. Apart from this, for some ...
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Product shot of a vase with decals: reflections obscuring decals

I'm having trouble getting a good photo of a round base vase. It has a shiny round bulbous base with a decal which is being obscured by reflections. I've tried using a number of lights, umbrellas, ...
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What are the benefits of a multi-coated CP filter over a regular CP filter?

I would like to purchase CP filters for at least 2 of my lenses. I can go with either the lower cost regular CP filter or the HMC Multi-Coated CP filter. THe multi-coated filter is almost double the ...
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Is it worth buying an expensive CPL filter over an e-bay cheap one?

I have already got a circular polarizer filter (CPL) filter for my canon EF-S 18-55mm and it is working fine, although the quality goes down a bit compared to when I don't have the filter on, but its ...
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Is there such a thing as a filter for circularly polarized light for photographic use, and what would be the effect of using one?

I was under the assumption that a circular polarizing filter would filter circularly polarized light. I now understand that what is commonly called a circular polarizing filter only filters based on ...
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Screw-in or square filters in the field?

I currently carry a circular polarizer and a screw-in 4X ND with me in the field. I've decided it's time to upgrade my filters, because there are too many times when I really need an 8X ND (or more) ...
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Why are doubled polarization filters as continuous ND not popular? [duplicate]

Possible Duplicate: What is the difference between using an ND filter versus 2 polarizers? One thing I was always wondering when it comes to ND filters is why there's need for such a large ...
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Would a polarizing filter help get better images from a security camera pointed out a window?

I'm evaluating some security cameras for home use. To avoid vandalism, I'm probably going to have to position the cameras inside the house, facing out the windows into a not very intense southern ...
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Are these ghost light spots and vertical grain indication that my scratched polarizer is ruined?

Earlier, I unfortunately dropped my polarizer. There doesn't seem to be any damage save for a light scratch which I've uncovered only after a very thorough inspection. Nonetheless, I'm worried that ...
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How to photograph a snowy landscape?

I am about visit Nepal for 8 weeks, planning to trek the Annapurna circuit, Everest Base Camp and Imja Tse. Most of the landscape is extremely bright and snowy. Credit: Gianni Scopinaro How do I ...
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What do all the polarizing filter acronyms mean?

I was shopping for a decent polarizing filter for my camera, but I got confused by all the acronyms and the variance in prices. For example in B&H stores, you can filter by Polarizer Combination: ...
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How to prevent weird spots and stripes on photos of window glass?

A few days ago I took photos of a nice curvy business center in another city. Later I discovered that many frames had weird artifacts on the glass, shown below as 100% crops. An almost normal shot: ...
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Is it possible to use a polarizer and a ND filter at the same time?

Is is possible to use two filters (one polarizing and one ND) at the same time on a 18-55 kit lens from Canon. I am new to photography and wanted to work with filters. Do you suggest me buy these ...
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Is this a good polariser and is it for an appropriate price?

I'm thinking about purchasing Hoya HD 58mm Circular Polariser and I was wondering whether it's a good choice and also whether it's for an appropriate price. What do you guys think?
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What is the difference between using an ND filter versus 2 polarizers?

I know what an ND filter does. I know what a polarizer does. I also know what two polarizers stacked together and rotated properly do. So the question: why should I use an ND filter to achieve a ...
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Is it normal for a small portion of a polarized lens filter to appear unpolarized?

Just picked up my first polarized lens filter from Tiffen — a 52mm SR Polarizer. It looks like a small portion of the lens is NOT polarized, but this being my first lens, I wanted to confirm this ...
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Should I choose Hoya HD CP or Nikon CP II polarization filters?

I am looking for a polarization filter for a couple of my lenses. I have heard great things about Nikon CP filters and I am using Nikon NC filters myself on some of my most precious lenses. However, ...
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Can the effects of a polarizer be replicated in post-processing?

According to my knowledge Polarizing filters are mainly used to make sky appear more bluish in the day sunlight which gives more dramatic effect to your pictures. I don't have polarizing filters yet ...
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Why does a linear polarizer work as well as a circular one on a P&S camera?

I have just purchased a Canon SX30 IS and though extremely happy with it I will need to use a polarizing filter due to the fact that I am travelling to Indonesia to do volcano photography/landscape ...
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long range canon lenses

Currently I have a 7D and 2 lenses: a 18-135mm f/3.5-5.6 IS - which I use as a general purpose / go around lens - and a prime Sigma 30mm f/1.4 - mostly for concerts: indoor, low light scenarios (given ...
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Why don't today's lenses come with a polarizer by default?

As I am now looking for a decent polarizer for my 18-105mm and 50mm (Nikon D80) I realized how important they are for outdoor photography. So why aren't they directly hard-mounted on every modern ...
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What is a source for small pieces of thin, high-quality, polarizing film for use with rear-filter lenses?

I have some pieces of polarizing film from polarization.com, which are reasonably good and not too expensive, but I have some problems with them: They are too thick (only just fit in the filter ...
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Is it wise to use polarizing filters with wide-angle lenses?

I've been looking into whether to use a regular UV or polarizing filter for a 16mm wide-angle lens and have found that a large number of people believe that you should never use a polarizer with a ...
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How does one use circular polarizers?

I just purchased my first circular polarizer. I have read the thread here about when to use it, but I still have a question. How to use it? A friend told me to spin the polarizer until the sky ...