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View Poll Results: Do you use a Polarizer

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  • I use a polarizer very often when shooting color.

    11 19.30%
  • I sometimes use a polarizer when shooting color.

    29 50.88%
  • I never use a polarizer./I don't own one.

    6 10.53%
  • I would like to get a polarizer.

    5 8.77%
  • I use polarizer often for black and white photogrpahy.

    21 36.84%
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    Do you use a Polarizer?

    Hi Guys- I picked up a Tiffen circular Polarizer a couple of months ago and I can't believe what I have been missing. It has really imroved some of my color slides! Do you use a Polarizer? Would you like to use one? I highly reccomend one!
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    I sometimes use them to cut down on reflections when shooting products on glass or Plexi/Lucite, but that is pretty much it. I find the effect on general ("out in the world") photographs too difficult to judge on the ground glass or through the viewfinder, and often quite unappealing or even garish in the end, even when they looked OK through the lens. So, my vote is for the second option, for lack of a better one.
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    I have a bunch of them, but do not know why.

    I concur with 2F about the use and effect of these filters. So if i can avoid using one, i do.
    And i find it is not too hard to avoid using one.

    So my vote would be: "i never use a polarizer/I own quite a few of them. That's how i know why i don't."

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    Don't own one (those 77mm filters get expensive), don't shoot color with my LF.

    Vaughn
    At least with LF landscape, a bad day of photography can still be a good day of exercise.

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    I find the polarizer is good for both color and B&W. Yes, a red or yellow filter will darken the sky, but it won't take the reflections off the foliage, water, or windows. Only a polarizer will do that. As I don't have any auto-focus cameras, I use a linear polarizer. I've been told it doesn't matter, circular or linear, but in my experience, the linear has more effect and more control.
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    i have had one for years and only used it maybe once.
    it worked well .. but i haven't had a need for it much since ..

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    It's very nice for darkening the sky, contrasting with clouds, and pulling the viewers attention towards the center of the image.

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    I use it once in awhile, like removing glear off of windows, darkening the sky and contrasting with the clouds.

    Jeff

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    Yes, a polariser is more useful than I used to think, both in colour and black/white, particularly with landscape work. Wherever there are any sort of reflections, a polariser may potentially come in very handy to adjust them to your taste. It can for example make a pretty significant difference to the look of water and leaves, both of which reflect a lot of light.

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    It really is interesting how much light leaves reflect.
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