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03-07-2015, 07:12 PM   #16
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Looking at your photos you'd get a lot more out of a couple of good primes than you would out of a walkaround zoom (meaning you have a talent which should be exploited with the good glass).

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For more info on circular polarizing filters, this article by lenstip is very helpful. I got their recommended Marumi DHG Super and have been happy with it.
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If you are concerned about filter sizes, have you considered a square system like the Cokin P size?
they use a single size filter and adapt to all your lenses. The main downside is that it becomes impossible to use a lens hood.

with lenses, my best advice is to get the best you can afford and they'll last a lifetime.

Enjoy and good luck.
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For more info on circular polarizing filters, this article by lenstip is very helpful. I got their recommended Marumi DHG Super and have been happy with it.
Im just trying to find out if theyre supposed to work by warming or cooling an image...

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QuoteOriginally posted by Greenneck Quote
Im just trying to find out if theyre supposed to work by warming or cooling an image...
Neither...They increase the contrast and remove haze in the same manner as polarizing sunglasses.

http://www.cambridgeincolour.com/tutorials/polarizing-filters.htm


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Neither...They increase the contrast and remove haze in the same manner as polarizing sunglasses.

Understanding & Using Polarizing Filters


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Interesting, I always thought mine was weird... I need to take some shots or a video when I can to show everyone what Im talking about
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So here is what Im talking about with my hoya hd cpl It looks to me like one image gets cooled and one is more warm or is that normal and just how the reflections make it seem to me?

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In both photo's you are using auto white balance.
the camera probably changed its internal colour temperature (i.e. daylight to cloudy or similar)
and hence displayed the warming - cooling effect you see

While there are warming polarisers out there, they are expensive, specialist items.
I wouldn't worry about them.

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Biting the bullet. bought the 18-135 wr it will be here in a few days. Im getting a 55-300 wr locally here soon.
SO with my three good lenses i have 62mm, 58mm and I already have a hoya hd 52 cp. So Im thinking, buy filters at 62, stepdown to 58. And then keep my 52mm and step down for primes that are normally 52 or 49mm. So I would have two sets of filters one at 62 so it works on the 18-135 and another set of 52 mm for use on like the da 50 and other prime lenses. Does that seem reasonable?

Probably just going to go with hoya hd cp from amazon for 60. hoya variable ND in 62 and 52. Then find some step rings. I chose hoya hd cp's because I was told theyre the same as HD2 with less of a warranty so they seme to be the best value filter. There is the B+W 62mm Kaesemann XS-Pro Circular Polarizer MRC Nano Filter but thats going to be twice as much as buying a older model Hoya HD. Any thoughts or recommendations on the cpf or step rings?
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QuoteOriginally posted by Greenneck Quote
SO with my three good lenses i have 62mm, 58mm and I already have a hoya hd 52 cp. So Im thinking, buy filters at 62, stepdown to 58. And then keep my 52mm and step down for primes that are normally 52 or 49mm. So I would have two sets of filters one at 62 so it works on the 18-135 and another set of 52 mm for use on like the da 50 and other prime lenses. Does that seem reasonable?
Three good lenses? Have you forgotten the M-50s? Sharper than any of your zooms. (If you don't care for stop-down metering, sell both and get a DA 50 f1.8. It's a treat. Takes 52mm filters too.)

Filters/stepdowns seem like a good plan. Remember that bayonet lens hoods might not fit over an oversized filter (e.g. putting 62mm filter on the 55-300). For that a generic screw-in metal hood might be useful.

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Probably just going to go with hoya hd cp from amazon for 60. hoya variable ND in 62 and 52. Then find some step rings. I chose hoya hd cp's because I was told theyre the same as HD2 with less of a warranty so they seme to be the best value filter. There is the B+W 62mm Kaesemann XS-Pro Circular Polarizer MRC Nano Filter but thats going to be twice as much as buying a older model Hoya HD. Any thoughts or recommendations on the cpf or step rings?
Since you already have one Hoya HD filter, it makes sense to have the other sizes in the same model. And they seem to be highly regarded and good value.
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Three good lenses? Have you forgotten the M-50s? Sharper than any of your zooms. (If you don't care for stop-down metering, sell both and get a DA 50 f1.8. It's a treat. Takes 52mm filters too.)

Filters/stepdowns seem like a good plan. Remember that bayonet lens hoods might not fit over an oversized filter (e.g. putting 62mm filter on the 55-300). For that a generic screw-in metal hood might be useful.

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Since you already have one Hoya HD filter, it makes sense to have the other sizes in the same model. And they seem to be highly regarded and good value.

I actually did take my m50 out before I realized it would be more like a 70mm so I struggled to figure out what to use it on I did take two flower pictures with it that blew me away. I just didnt like it so much because Im realizing I really need to school myself on aperture and DOF again. These are both just raw files i made into jpegs with my basic import everything to -100 highlights +100 blacks and sharpening

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QuoteOriginally posted by Greenneck Quote
I actually did take my m50 out before I realized it would be more like a 70mm so I struggled to figure out what to use it on I did take two flower pictures with it that blew me away. I just didnt like it so much because Im realizing I really need to school myself on aperture and DOF again.
That's the best thing anyone starting out can do to improve their photography, regardless of camera, lens or focal length.

I honestly think you would do well to persist with 50mm or other moderate tele for a while and you will see the shots. Your Flickr stream shows you have a good eye for detail and composition. I know the flower shots were just a demo to show the colours (amazing aren't they?) but it would be more effective to pick out a few flowers as the subject, use a wide-ish aperture (say f3.5) and get the bokeh effect of the ones behind.
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