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    Linear and Circular Polarizer

    If I'm using a fully manual camera, I want a linear, not circular polarizer correct? The circular is designed for autofocus lenses?

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    Nope, it is not that simple.

    Circular polarizers are necessary for cameras that include beam splitters in the optical path. Some of the metering systems also use beam splitters.
    Matt

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    I used circular polarizer filter long before auto-focus as invented.
    When I grow up, I want to be a photographer.

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    Ok. I'm looking for a polarizer for my Nikon FE2.

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    Switched to all circular polarizers a couple of years ago because they work on everything - manual, AF, AE. Can't say I miss the old linear jobs.

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    Hello,
    if you want to use the polarizing filter only with your FE-2 (or F-3, FM-2, F-2, FA, FE, FM, FM-3 A) you only need a linear filter since these cameras do not have polarizing elements in the light measuring system like Leicaflexes or AF cameras.

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    Quote Originally Posted by MattKing View Post
    Nope, it is not that simple.
    It's very simple for the OP. You can use either!


    Steve.
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    Pentax Digital Spot Meter

    What would be the proper polarizer to use when metering through it with a Pentax Digital Spot Meter?

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    In my experience, linear polarizers have a stronger effect than circular. As I have old cameras, I just use linear.
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    I have found circular polarizers to be much too subtle in effect for my tastes. Even though it will require an hand-held meter once I quit shoveling money into the darkroom, I will be picking up a linear.

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