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:
Linear Polarizers 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 Linear.
HOW TO CHOOSE:
Most " modern" Film and Digital Cameras and Camcorders use what is called a " Semi-Silvered Mirror" or Prism, to split the beam of light entering the unit's viewfinder 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 which do NOT have EITHER an Auto-Focus or an Exposure Meter that uses a " Beam-Splitter." Although you can use a Linear Polarizer on devices with " Beam-Splitter" Auto-Focus 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 Filters.
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.
NO Polarizer Filter
With Tiffen Polarizer Filter
Just how much DID you spend on that Lens?
And you were THINKING about putting something less than a top notch
Genuine 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.