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Which polarizer for my lenses?

Discussion in 'Accessories' started by Starred, Apr 28, 2012.

  1. Starred

    Starred Mu-43 Regular

    134
    Aug 7, 2010
    I have the following lenses:
    Oly m.zuiko 9-18, 45/1.8, and 14-150
    Pani 20/1.7

    As I will go on holiday to sunny Greece, I have been advised to use a circular polarizer filter.

    But do I have to buy one for all my lenses, or only for 1 or 2? And for which lenses would that be?
     
  2. F1L1P

    F1L1P Mu-43 Veteran

    388
    Jan 2, 2010
    Europe
    I would buy one 52mm polarizer for 9-18 and 2 step up rings: 45 to 52mm and 46 to 52mm.
     
  3. addieleman

    addieleman Mu-43 All-Pro

    Aug 5, 2010
    The Netherlands
    Ad
    Agree, and in addition to that: you can also use a linear polarizer on MFT cameras. These can be had second-hand for relatively low prices and are just as good. Circular polarizers are only necessary for DSLR's where linear polarizers interfere with the AF mirror system. I've used linear polarizers on my G1 a lot during my vacation in Barcelona, all pics shown are taken with them.

    On another note, be careful not to overdo it. When I was in Barcelona the sky was quite blue already and some shots featured an unnaturally dark sky. Also, with a wide-angle lens such as the 9-18mm the darkening of the sky can get very uneven.
     
  4. Starred

    Starred Mu-43 Regular

    134
    Aug 7, 2010
    Would you also recommend to use a polarizer on the 45/1.8 (or a portraitlens in general)? The diameter of this lens is only 37
     
  5. addieleman

    addieleman Mu-43 All-Pro

    Aug 5, 2010
    The Netherlands
    Ad
    Don't see why not. A polarizer is much easier to use effectively on a telephoto lens IMHO.
     
  6. dhazeghi

    dhazeghi Mu-43 Hall of Famer

    Aug 6, 2010
    San Jose, CA
    Dara
    One option is to get filter that'll fit your largest (in diameter) lens, and get step up rings for the others. That'd be the 14-150 which needs 58mm filters. It'll certainly be cheaper than getting 4 different filters.

    But it's probably worth figuring out first which lens you'll be using out of doors the most. I'd say go for the 58, and get a step-up ring for the 9-18 (52->58). The 20 and 45 will probably see a lot less use outside anyway.

    DH
     
  7. Starred

    Starred Mu-43 Regular

    134
    Aug 7, 2010
    What is the formal name of a 'step up ring'? And is there a preferred brand for these rings?

    If I would buy a 58 Hoya filter, which one is recommended? They have got several polarizer filters..
     
  8. dhazeghi

    dhazeghi Mu-43 Hall of Famer

    Aug 6, 2010
    San Jose, CA
    Dara
    That's the name. eBay, B&H etc. have a category for them. Wouldn't worry about the brand. A $10 Tiffen will work as well as a $30 B+W.

    I try to stick with multi-coated filters, so HMC would be my recommendation. They're a bit spendier than the regular ones, but they work well.

    DH
     
  9. Tycn

    Tycn New to Mu-43

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    Apr 28, 2012
    Sydney
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  10. Starred

    Starred Mu-43 Regular

    134
    Aug 7, 2010
    What's the difference between a multi-coated filter and a polarizer?
     
  11. drewbot

    drewbot Mu-43 Top Veteran

    702
    Oct 21, 2011
    Toronto, ON
    A multi-coated filter is a type of polarizer. There are single coated and multi coated filters The coating is a protective layer that goes on top of the glass.
     
  12. broadway

    broadway Mu-43 Regular

    66
    Mar 27, 2011
    UK

    The multi coating is not a protective coating it is to reduce the amount of light lose via reflections. Uncoated bad, single coated better, multi-coated best

    http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Anti-reflective_coating
     
  13. dhazeghi

    dhazeghi Mu-43 Hall of Famer

    Aug 6, 2010
    San Jose, CA
    Dara
  14. Art

    Art Mu-43 All-Pro

    Mar 13, 2011
    San Francisco, CA
    In my experience when usung pilarizer in the sun for portraits it oversaturates skin tones. I tried high quality polarizers B&W MRC and Hoya no difference. Furthermore I was not able to correct those skin tones in PP.
     
  15. Kelton

    Kelton Mu-43 Regular

    73
    Aug 13, 2011
    San Diego, CA
    Sorry to :horse:, but I've been looking for polarizers for my 20mm f/1.7 and I decided to go with a Marumi one. From what I've heard, they're very good for the price.

    Is it important to get a "slim DHG" one? It's almost double the price... It is multicoated though... which I heard is very important. Is there a huge difference between the slim DHG and slim Super DHG?

    Marumi Filters 2012 Circular Polarizers for Digital at 2filter.com

    That's where I'm looking at prices... for the 46mm version.

    Can any of you guys help me out? :smile:
     
  16. Livnius

    Livnius Super Moderator

    Jul 7, 2011
    Melbourne. Australia
    Joe
    The Super DHG is the version I have....I don't recall if it was the 'slim' or not....what I do know is that it outperformed the more popular B+W in the tests I read regarding flare resistance and color cast much to the surprise of the reviewers. As per usual the differences were fractional but given it was cheaper as well made it an easy decision.

    No complaints after a year of use.

    It's a good filter, you shouldn't have any problems.

    Good luck.
     
  17. Willabeast

    Willabeast Mu-43 Regular

    25
    Aug 8, 2011
    I'm looking for a polarizing filter(s) for an upcoming costal trip where I will be photographing tide pools. I appreciate the advise about getting a filter for the largest lens and using step-up rings to fit it to smaller lenses but...

    I'm looking on line and seeing huge price differences. For the 58 mm size the price ranges from $8.85 for a Vivitar brand to $290 for a Heliopan. That's a heck of a range!

    I want something decent but the cost is coming out of my 'restaurant and other fun' fund. What should I expect to pay for a filter that will do the job? I'm an amatuer and may not use the polarizing filter more than 5 or 6 times a year.

    Thanks for your help!
     
  18. DeeJayK

    DeeJayK Mu-43 Hall of Famer

    Feb 8, 2011
    Pacific Northwest, USA
    Keith
    I use a $15-20 Hoya circular polarizer that I'm happy with. Singh-Ray is considered the "gold standard" by many, but you'll have to part with a lot of gold to get there.

    In my experience, the quality of any filter does not increase linearly with the price (i.e. the cheapest filter you can buy probably gives you 95% of the IQ that the "best" filter would afford you).

    Basically, I would make my decision based on the value of the images I was trying to capture. If I was just shooting images for my own enjoyment, I wouldn't spend more than $30, but if I was working professionally or trying to make saleable images, I might spend a bit more.
     
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  19. RT_Panther

    RT_Panther Mu-43 Legend

    May 4, 2011
    Texas
    *If money isn't that big of a concern*, I like to have a single filter for each of my lenses to allow for easy & quick switching.

    Keywords being those within the asterisks :wink:
     
  20. Willabeast

    Willabeast Mu-43 Regular

    25
    Aug 8, 2011
    based on reading this thread I'm thinking of buying 2 lower cost filters for the lenses I think I'll be using most (a manual close-up lens and a moderate telephoto zoom) so I don't have to fuss with step up rings.

    Thanks for your help!