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Warming vs. Regular Circular Polarizers
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I know this may sound a bit dumb, but I was wondering-I have just upgraded to a 30D from my Panasonic Lumix FZ8, and am planning on going on a trip to Disneyland next month. My question is-I really like the effect that a circular polarizer has on my outdoor photos, but I hate the blue cast it has on photos of people. As I will be taking both people and scenic photos, would a warming circular polarizer, or Tiffen's circular polarizer with their 812 filter rectify the blue skintone problem, but still give me the effects of the polarizer? Thanks! Any recommendations of filters?..

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Possibly your polarizer has a color cast to it. The polarizer should be neutral in color unless you specifically buy a warming polarizer. I don't think there should be much need of a warming polarizer as you can achieve similar effects when you post process the photo's from the camera. I hear some the cheaper polarizers do have a color cast..

It's also possible your white balance setting in the camera is off. Could you post a photo and describe the lighting conditions and white balance setting? Also mention the specific make and model of polarizer you used..

PS: The lowest end filter I would advise for a beginner is a mid grade Hoya. I'll get flamed but the B+W's are better and much more expensive...

Comment #1

In photoshop you can add a warming filter effect to negate the cooling effect of a polariser, if you have that then you could try some photos with a polariser and see how they come out...

Comment #2

Ah, that could be the problem. I was using a Quantaray filter. What is your opinion on Tiffen filters? I have a couple of them that I like, but I don't know how they compare to B+W or Hoya...

Comment #3

PixieGlitter wrote:.

Ah, that could be the problem. I was using a Quantaray filter. Whatis your opinion on Tiffen filters? I have a couple of them that Ilike, but I don't know how they compare to B+W or Hoya..

Yes, very likely that was the problem. Good quality polarisers have two characteristics - neutral colour and very effective coatings. When you consider that glare in the image is a key reason for using a polariser, using one with poor (or no) coatings is not a great idea!.

I agree with mrxdimension, Hoya's multicoated filters (look for "Pro1 Digital") are very good, B+W's are even better (look for "MRC", or in the larger sizes "KSM" or "Kaesemann")..

Hvstar.net is a reputable supplier in Hong Kong - excellent prices and fairly quick delivery (considering!)...

Comment #4

In the U.S. look at B&H photo and http://www.photofilter.com/Photofilter can get out of stock B+W's quickly and are priced similar to B&H, give them a phone call, they're good people to deal with..

I believe Tiffen filters are made by Hoya but may not have the coatings used on the Hoya brand filters. If in doubt I'd stay away from Tiffen and toward Hoya, B+W, or Heliopan. IMHO they are worth the difference in cost..

I don't have any Hoya Pro 1 filters, I suspect they are on par with the B+W's as far as optical quality. I feel the B+W's and Heliopan's are better build quality due to using brass mounts instead of aluminum mounts..

I once got a Hoya polarizer stuck on a lens. If you go with the Hoya do yourself a favor and get a filter wrench. The wrench's are around $5...

Comment #5

Mrxdimension wrote:.

I believe Tiffen filters are made by Hoya but may not have thecoatings used on the Hoya brand filters. If in doubt I'd stay awayfrom Tiffen and toward Hoya, B+W, or Heliopan. IMHO they are worththe difference in cost..

Hoya and B+W both make cheaper, single-coated or uncoated filters as well as their better ones. It's wrong to give a blanket recommendation for either..

Maybe the same is true of Heliopan but I don't know enough about them...

Comment #6

Yes, I stand corrected for making a blanket statement. Get the higher end filter by any of the three manufacturer's mentioned earlier...

Comment #7

Shoot raw a white piece of paper (or better the wb targets) and then use it as white reference when converting from raw. Repeat process every time light changes, o lens, or filters, change...

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