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Old February 13th, 2008, 02:02 PM   #1
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Polarizer Question

I want to get her a Polarizer. I was told that these help with window reflections when trying to take pictures through a window. She has a Nikon D50, as I've said before. Is it correct for me to get the 77mm size?

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polarizer reduces reflections off windows and lakes etc.. amd makes the sky bluer sometimes.

you can get it exactly to your lens size. but if you have a lot of lens or at least plan on having a lot of lens, you should get the biggest one you have or plan on getting and get step up rings so you can use the filter for all your lenses.

I have a 58mm filter(will probably upgrade to larger one in future) and I have a step ring for my 49mm and 52mm to 58mm. I read its ok to step up and not step down because it causes an overcast or something (forgot what it was called).

As for polarizers, you should not get cheap on them. you want a circular polarizer, either the B+W or the Hoya Pro1D. I have the Hoya Pro1D. You lose a stop or two depending on what kind of filter you use.
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For the D50, its a 52mm polarizer if you have the stock 18-55mm DX lense and yes it doese help reduce the glare/reflection. I use a quantaray circular polarizer I bought from Ritz camera for like 7 bucks, not an expensive one but does the job. It take a little while to get used to it becuase if you circulate in the wrong spot, it might ruin your shot. Hoya is a good brand but make sure you get the circular NOT the liner.
Polarizer also helps making the sky more blue and making the rainbows more prominent.
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I was planning on getting her a Nikon one since she uses a Nikon, but I'm having trouble finding any at my local camera shops.
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I was planning on getting her a Nikon one since she uses a Nikon, but I'm having trouble finding any at my local camera shops.
It would hard to find the original Nikon filer, I am not so sure if they even make one but Hoya is on the best.

Here is one ending in 13 minute and its got all 12 genuine Nikons, check it out here

Here are the different sizes available on Ebay
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I want to get her a Polarizer. I was told that these help with window reflections when trying to take pictures through a window. She has a Nikon D50, as I've said before. Is it correct for me to get the 77mm size?
Polarizer size depends on the lens she's using, NOT the camera body. Look at the lens and it should tell you what size it is. If not, look at the box or find it on B&H or adorama.
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Old February 14th, 2008, 11:39 AM   #7
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^ to add, any filter you or your girlfriend uses depends on the lens size not the camera body.
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the inside of the front lens cap will list the size of the lens in mm.
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I just want to reinforce that it needs to be a CIRCULAR polarizer. And not circular in the sense that it's round, it has to do with the way the photons are polarized coming through the glass. If you get a standard polarizer, you won't have any metering through the camera.

So make sure the package says circular polarizer

PS: Wolf/Ritz has a perpetual Buy 2, Get 1 Free type deal. Get a CP, UV Filter, and maybe a Grad ND or Warming filter all at once
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lol, circular polarizer as in the filter is able to rotate while on the lens.

I never bothered to think that way.
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Most autofocus cameras use polarization tricks as part of the autofocus system. Therefore if you use a regular linear polarizer you may mess up your focusing and metering. Because of this a new kind of polarizing filter was developed, called a circular polarizer, that eliminates these problems. No, these names have nothing to do with the shape of the filter! Circular polarizers use a trick (a quarter wave retardation plate if you must know) that makes the light waves coming out of the back of the filter spin around in a way called "circular polarization." This means that the light coming out the back of a circular polarizer does not appear polarized to the camera, and therefore it won't confuse anything.
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CP is better.
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