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    Default Making the most of Polarizing Filter

    I just got myself a Polarizing Filter, and I find it rather useless, the pictures turn out to be almost the same as without the filter, and for wide angles, there is this pronounced black vingetting on the corners.

    Am I not using it where it should be used? How do I make the most of this thing?

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    Default Re: Making the most of Polarizing Filter

    Quote Originally Posted by Cliffy
    I just got myself a Polarizing Filter, and I find it rather useless, the pictures turn out to be almost the same as without the filter, and for wide angles, there is this pronounced black vingetting on the corners.

    Am I not using it where it should be used? How do I make the most of this thing?
    user it on a sunny day with large amount of blue sky. den turn the diffuser till you see the sky looks slightly darker from the vf before shooting

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    Default Re: Making the most of Polarizing Filter

    Why did you buy a Polarizing Filter in the first place?
    You should find out what it can do first and also if you need it.
    Its a waste of $$ to buy first then find out you don need it.
    Anyway a Polarizing Filter can be used to stop down the lens, cut out reflections on water/glass.
    Also for making the sky look more blue.
    And there are 2 versions of PL - normal and slim.
    Slim type is good for wide angle lens (no vignetting)

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    for the greatest polarised effect, shoot only when the sun is low; ie during the early morning or late afternoon and also with the direction of shooting perpendicular to that of the sun rays

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    Default Re: Making the most of Polarizing Filter

    okay, great tips, will try them out maybe tomorrow.
    thanks

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    Default Re: Making the most of Polarizing Filter

    If you use UV filter, you may want to remove your UV filter in order to avoid vignetting with wide angle lens when you use polarizer. Vignetting will appear when you stack filter, but not always.

    Regards,
    Arto.

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    Default Re: Making the most of Polarizing Filter

    Polarizing Filter is not a magic filter,
    it will not make your sky blue automatically by pop in the filter anytime, or any condition of the day.

    like other say earlier.
    #1, will not work when there is no blue sky.

    #2, it works best with the direction of shooting perpendicular to that of the sun rays.

    #3, reduce reflections on water, glass to a certain extend base on the angle, including leaves and grass.

    #4, it will not cut out highlights, hot spots on any objects or reflections from metallic surface.

    #5, use one filter at a time, try not to stack filters.
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