Polariser filter

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  1. dts197

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    Not sure if that should be with an 's' or a 'z'!

    Anyway, after a bit of reading that one would improve the colour of outdoor pictures I'm looking into getting one. I'm just not sure what size I'm supposed to get. It would be for my Canon 15-85mm lens. Hope I'm not asking a daft question!

    I'm also not sure how much to spend to get a decent one? Can anyone advise on what I should be looking at? I gather that Hoya ones are good to get and looked at this one on Amazon:

    Hama Circular Polarizer Filter 52mm: Amazon.co.uk: Electronics
     
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    Thanks for the links, I'll have a good read when I finish work.
     
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    Yes, that's the one. Just a shame all 3 lenses I have need different size filters!
     
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    An option then would be to get all your filters at the largest size needed. Then buy step up rings to enable you to fit them on the lens which have a smaller diameter filter thread.
     
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    Thanks for that, didn't know you could do that.
     
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    It should be with an 's', so you got it correct. Hope this helps. :D
     
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    Haha, thanks! I wasn't quite sure as when I started typing on Google/Amazon, both showed up. I'm guessing Americans spell it with a 'z'!
     
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    Yes.That's the way I generally look at things. Anyway, I have a Hoya Pro1 filter and it does the job.
     
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    Yep, thats the one i have for my 15-85IS.

    I got it because i read a lot about how good these things are with sky's/foliage etc, and im sure they are but ive hardly used mine since i got it.
    For a start its quite fiddly to use with the hood on, although not impossible, and when shooting at the wider end you dont always get a even effect on the sky, although zooming in a bit helps.

    I think they are worth having if you do need them, but not a necessity for general outdoor pics, as the sun needs to be at a certain angle to the camera for the filter to make any difference, and in my experience a lot of the item it isn't in the right place. Its good for getting rid of reflection's though.
     
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    Not so sure if I should get one now! Thanks for your views on it, dave_bass5
     
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    No problem.
    My views are only based on my usage, and living in town i tend not to do many landscape shots, nor do i have a garden so i tend not to shoot foliage much. I have noticed that the filter really does make a nice difference when i can use it, its just that i dont find i can a lot of the time.
    I do have one for my 40mm pancake lens as well and i find it works better on that, easier to use as i dont use a hood on that, and of course its not really a wide lens so the result is more even.

    I know it all sounds a bit contradictory, im glad i have them, and will never sell them, but cant see me using them much.
    I'd say go for it if you can afford it. They do something that cant really be done in PP, unlike a lot of other filters, just be aware that it wont be an everyday filter.
     
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    I know what you mean, better to have something and not always need it than vice versa. And it's not too expensive.
     
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    Have you considered in investing in a square filter / slot in system. You can also buy drop in circular polariser filters for these systems too. Such as Cokin X-pro, and Lee filters etc...

    This is more versatile especially if you have a number of lenses with different filter screw sizes and reduces the risk of vignetting on wide angle lenses.
     
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    I'd not even heard of a square filter / slot in system until now. But thanks, I'll do some research before deciding what to get.
     
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