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POLARIZERS

WHY USE A POLARIZER?

What does a Circular Polarizing filter do? What’s the difference between a circular and linear polarizer? Along with UV and ND filters, Polarizer filters are among the essential DSLR camera filters every photographer should have this filter guide will explain it all. Polarizing filters provide color and contrast enhancement. Reflected light often shows up as whitish glare that washes out color in an image. A Polarizer filter corrects this problem producing deep, dramatically blue skies. It also removes glare from non-metallic surfaces, such as windows and water. Color saturation in general, especially outdoors, can be improved significantly by using polarizer filters.

Think of a Polarizer as Sunglasses for your camera.

  • Circular Polarizer
  • Linear Polarizer
  • Warm Polarizer
  • Low Light Polarizer

 



CIRCULAR POLARIZER

Circular Polarizer Filters (CP filter)
How does a circular polarizing filter work, it absorbs rays of sunlight, by rotating the ring you control the effect. A Circular Polarizer has the same effect as a polarizer filter and is used on cameras with beam splitting metering systems commonly found on auto focus SLR’s (for most 35mm auto-focus cameras see your camera manual). The standard Circular Polarizer filter blocks 1.5 stops of light and is one of those must have filters.
  • Essential general-use improves outdoor color saturation
  • Produces deep dramatically blue skies
  • Minimizes reflections in glass and on water for both black & white and color photography
  • Can be rotated to achieve desired effect

Sizes:
25mm, 28mm, 30mm, 30.5mm, 34mm, 37mm, 40.5mm, 43mm, 46mm, 49mm, 52mm, 55mm, 58mm, 67mm, 72mm, 77mm, 82mm

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Wide Angle Circular Polarizer Available in 58mm, 62mm, 67mm, 72mm, 77mm
(Wide Angle Circular Polarizer does not contain front threads)

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LINEAR POLARIZER

Linear Polarizer Filters

Polarizing filters provide color and contrast enhancement. Reflected light often shows up as whitish glare that washes out color in an image. A Polarizer filter corrects this problem producing deep, dramatically blue skies. It also removes glare from non-metallic surfaces, such as windows and water. Color saturation in general, especially outdoors, can be improved significantly. Standard Polarizer filters blocks 1.5 stops of light.

  • Recommended for Manual Focus Cameras
  • Essential general-use outdoor color filter
  • Produces deeper skies and minimizes reflections in black and white and color photography
  • Can be rotated to achieve desired effect

Sizes:
25mm, 28mm, 30mm, 30.5mm, 34mm, 37mm, 40.5mm, 43mm, 46mm, 49mm, 52mm, 55mm, 58mm, 67mm, 72mm, 77mm, 82mm

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WARM POLARIZER

Warm Polarizer Filters

In the Warm Polarizer filter, Tiffen combines the properties of the polarizing filter with the exclusive effects of the 812® Warming Filter. This valuable filter adds natural warmth to all skin-tones, exterior shade and highlight areas. This is useful in outdoor open shade situations where there is excessive blue in the image and total control over lighting may not be possible.

  • Recommended for Manual Focus Cameras
  • Combines the Tiffen 812® Warming Filter with a Standard Polarizer filter
  • Great for Portraits and Scenics
  • Reduces Reflections and Glare
  • Can be rotated to achieve desired effect

Sizes:
49mm, 52mm, 55mm, 58mm, 67mm, 72mm, 77mm, 82mm

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LOW LIGHT POLARIZER

Low Light Polarizer Filter

The low light polarizer has less of a polarizing effect than a standard polarizer filter, allowing for it to be used in indoor and darker situations when available light is at a premium. Low light polarizer filters require 1 stop of exposure compensation, instead of the standard two stop compensation.
  • Recommended for Manual Focus Cameras
  • Great to pair with other filters
  • Reduces Reflections and Glare
  • Warm Low Light Polarizer filter combines 1 stop polarizer with the Tiffen 812® Warming filter
  • Can be rotated to achieve desired effect

Sizes:
37mm, 43mm, 46mm, 49mm, 52mm, 55mm, 58mm, 67mm, 72mm, 77mm, 82mm

Warm Low Light Polarizer – Sizes:
37mm, 43mm, 46mm, 49mm, 52mm, 55mm, 58mm, 67mm, 72mm, 77mm, 82mm

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Polarizer vs Neutral Density

There are three essential filters that should be in every photographers bag of tricks, this page explained about the importance of using polarizing filters and the different types of polarizers. The second essential filter is the UVP or UV Protector filter which not only protects your lens from the elements, drops and other accidents, they absorb UV light and can be kept on your camera lens at all times. You can learn more about Tiffen’s line of UV Protection and Absorption Filters by clicking here. The third essential camera filter is the Neutral Density there are different types of ND filters you can learn more about them by clicking here.

In a nutshell, the difference between a Polarizer filter and a Neutral Density filter is that Polarizing filters reduce glare which may wash out an image, producing dramatically blue skies, polarizers will also remove glare from non-metallic surfaces, such as windows and water. While Neutral Density filters help prevent overexposure and can highlight a subject by making the foreground or background out of focus.