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Help with polarizer filter

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Initial post: Nov 29, 2011 10:37:40 PM PST
Cliff T. says:
I need help to pick a polarizer filter for my new 18-200mm canon lens. Canon EF-S 18-200mm f/3.5-5.6 IS Standard Zoom Lens for Canon DSLR Cameras I'm a beginner photographer. I looked at Hoya, Tiffen, etc but cannot decide which one to get in the end. Which filter is worth the price for the quality of the filter and pictures it take? Thanks!

In reply to an earlier post on Nov 29, 2011 11:01:25 PM PST
Last edited by the author on Nov 29, 2011 11:04:27 PM PST
Hoya (or Kenko in some parts of the world) multi-coated filters have a very good reputation. B&W and Heliopan are the higher end brands. Look for a multi-coated circular polarizer from one of these brands (or Hoya Green Box if you're on a very strict budget). Avoid other brands because they tend to be cheap Chinese filters of dubious quality. Note: make sure you pick a CIRCULAR polarizing filter since linear polarizing filters can throw off exposure and auto-focus on your DSLR.

Posted on Nov 30, 2011 7:03:54 AM PST
Even within brands there are good and bad. Hoya HMC Pro and B+W multicoated are good ones, with anything else you risk having the light bounce around back and forth so bad your picture quality will suffer. Expect to spend about $100.

Posted on Nov 30, 2011 12:15:13 PM PST
Last edited by the author on Nov 30, 2011 12:17:51 PM PST
JCUKNZ says:
Just remember to take it off when you do not actually need it ... it is not a 7/24 protective filter for the lens as some misguided folk use them. It also takes away 1.5 stops of light when you use it.

Posted on Nov 30, 2011 2:05:38 PM PST
T. Campbell says:
If you want the _very_ best and are prepared to shell out for it: B + W 72mm Kaesemann Circular Polarizer Coated Glass Filter or B+W 72mm Circular Polarizer with Multi-Resistant Coating

Since you have to buy the filter in a specific diameter, it's a shame to buy an expensive filter for just one lens and find that you can't use it on other lenses because they use a different thread diameter. Buy the filter with the thread diameter for the largest lens (based on thread diameter) that you own. Then buy "step up rings" to adapt for your lenses with narrower diameters.

The lenses I use most of the time have 77mm diameters, but I have a 72mm and 67mm diameter lens as well... so I buy step-up rings. Larger diameter filters will cost a bit more.

High quality filters adequately absorb the light which is perpendicular to the angle of polarization (which means they do a great job of getting rid of reflections, green up the foliage, blue-up the sky, and make the clouds "pop" AND they do it while equally reducing all wavelengths of light so that they don't impose a color tint on your pictures. Low end filters will often cause a big of a color cast because the cut some wavelengths of light better than others.

The difference in quality is both noticeable and measurable (so you're not just paying for a "name" but getting the same thing as the cheaper brands.)
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