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    Question Polarizing Filter Question

    Happy Friday All!

    I am looking to replace my UV filters with (circular) polarizers, keeping in mind that I also want to put together a Cokin P-series system (someone listened to episode 77 of the podcast ).

    B&H is helpful... but I would love to hear from you guys... so my question is, if you use a polarizer, which did you ultimately go with and why?

    Thank you all in advance, have a good one!
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    I went with a middle of the road Tiffen. About $40. I use Cokins on top of it occasionally, but it's almost always on my lens. I find it especially useful for bringing up the green in foliage (works great for fall colors, too) and it only costs me about a stop and a half in exposure.
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    Mine is a Hoya, middle range circular. Expensive enough for my intended use. I use it occassionally even though I take a lot of landscape shots.

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    Thank you both for your input - this gives me a good idea on where to start.

    Have a great weekend!
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    I use the B&H circular polarizer. It is more expensive, but you DO get what yu pay for. I'd also suggest to get the filter in the diameter of your largest lens. This way you can use step down rings to use the same filter on smaller diameter lenses as well.
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    I keep a mid-range hoya on my 18-55 most of the time and am very happy with the results it produces. I choose it cos I heard good things about Hoya.

    If your going with the Cokin system, then you might want to take a look at their circular polariser?

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    I have a Kenko and 2 B&W's. I'd be hard pressed to point out any differences. The only thing I'd suggest is the same with any photo gear is that you get the best you can. If you have a top lens you don't want to waste the performance by putting on a $30.00 filter that could degrade it.

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    Singh-Ray makes some really nice polarizing filters but you pay a fair bit more for them.

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    Oh, and one more thing, I would never buy anything from Cokin. I find the filters are cheaply made and if you're looking into GND's, you'll get a nice color cast if you stack them. So I got rid of those and spent the money for qood quality filters instead. I had a Kenko CLP before and I think it did the trick. I think it was a little over $100 for the 77mm one though. But you will pay even more for the Singh-Rays, I think they are worth the money.

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    I have a kenko. One thing that should be noted is your lens type. If you use kit lens, it most likely rotates every time you focus so it is difficult to use cpl. (at least for me it is). But in the more advanced lenses the barrel is not movable with focus and that it makes it easier to use cpl.

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