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Old March 29th, 2010, 03:35 AM   #1
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So after looking at the Hoover Dam pics and a few of TJJEEP's pictures, are polarizing filters just the ultimate god send? I've never taken a photography class (probably a good fine arts credit towards my degree) but I can still take a nice clean picture if I really strive for it and have the right environment for it. I take a wide-variety of pictures (landscape, people, etc.) I've got Photoshop CS3 on my machines at home, but PS can't perfectly polish a rusty turd. Always gotta have room for improvement.

I've been working with a Sony DSC-H50 w/9.1 MP and 15x optical zoom. I've got a cousin's grad party then her older sister's wedding back to back weekends in a few months and wouldn't mind making out with some better looking pictures than your average small compact camera that every family member has.

Also, where do you guys buy your camera add-ons? There's a camera store (Camera Mart? [M-59/Telegraph]) near me that I've never been in, but wouldn't mind checking out. Is it worth looking at anything on eBay or is it not the most reliable source for camera parts? I'm not looking to get very expensive with whatever I add on. I found this just looking around:
Any input is greatly appreciated, but would request not to get an 8 paragraph definition of one type of technique
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Will your camera accept a polarizing filter? It needs to have threads for a filter in order to add one to it. I've never tried to put a polarizing filter on a point and shoot, so I'm not sure if it will affect the cameras ability to meter and focus. Also it needs to be a Circular polarized filter for digital (at least with dSLR).
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Old March 29th, 2010, 10:30 PM   #3
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I pretty much only buy online at adorama or b&h. I wouldn't spend the money on anything from ebay as they are pretty much junk.

If you use a polarizing filter you loose about 1 stop of light on average. This will be made up by slower shutter speed or higher ISO rating. They can be great for some types of photography and bad for others.
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I highly recommend Camera Mart corner of M-59/Telegraph.
I (almost always) use polarizing filters outdoors when it's sunny.
Especially when snow, glass (like auto windshields) or water are in the frame.
But be carefull when shooting wide angles.
Another example of "you get what you pay for" item.
I use only Hoya or Nikon filters.
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Will your camera accept a polarizing filter? It needs to have threads for a filter in order to add one to it. I've never tried to put a polarizing filter on a point and shoot, so I'm not sure if it will affect the cameras ability to meter and focus. Also it needs to be a Circular polarized filter for digital (at least with dSLR).
Looking through a few online merchants leads me to believe there is such filter for this specific camera. I guess since its Sony they need their own size (74mm) according to vendors that sells them.

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This filter does what a polarizer is supposed to do: in bright sun adds saturation and vibrancy to colors, makes water more transparent, and improves contrast to some degree. However, the 74mm size is unique to Sony and non-standard, so no one makes a lens cap to fit over this filter and protect it — not even Sony. Therefore, you end up with a large piece of (expensive) glass sitting out there exposed to potential damage.
Recommended with that reservation, and very disappointed with Sony.
Customer Service at Sony was not helpful and couldn't offer any suggestions.

http://www.adorama.com/SOVF74CP.html
It looks like there's threads both on the inside of the lens drum that motorizes out and on the inside of the big exterior one too. I'm fine with removing / installing the filter if i'm gonna get a better quality of picture. I've also seen they offer a telephoto conversion lens that attaches on the regular lens.

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in short:
H50 ( recommended for better quality overall)
- iso 80 till 3200
- 15x zoom
- no hd filming
- better imagequality (less noise)
- adapter can be used to fit other lenses on
such as a polarisingfilter or a macrolens.
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I like camera mart. They have a pretty good online store also.
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are polarizing filters just the ultimate god send? I
No. Spending 90 bucks on a polarized filter is ridiculous. Plus, it wont do much more than lessen the glare off glass, water, etc. May take some haze out of the atmosphere, because that's a reflection too. But it's not going to give you an overall improvement of your photos. Spend the 90 bucks on a community ed. class if you want to see tic improvement to your photos.
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No. Spending 90 bucks on a polarized filter is ridiculous. Plus, it wont do much more than lessen the glare off glass, water, etc. May take some haze out of the atmosphere, because that's a reflection too. But it's not going to give you an overall improvement of your photos. Spend the 90 bucks on a community ed. class if you want to see tic improvement to your photos.


I know it doesn't make a regular camera into a godly beast, but if it can bring some better impression in my photos, i'm all for it. I couldn't see spending $90 for a name brand one either. If I do end up grabbing one, I'd grab one of these cheaper one's like on eBay. Even other camera lens / filter's at Camera Mart are only $10-30 a piece.
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Looking through a few online merchants leads me to believe there is such filter for this specific camera. I guess since its Sony they need their own size (74mm) according to vendors that sells them.



It looks like there's threads both on the inside of the lens drum that motorizes out and on the inside of the big exterior one too. I'm fine with removing / installing the filter if i'm gonna get a better quality of picture. I've also seen they offer a telephoto conversion lens that attaches on the regular lens.

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Just a FYI about the tele-lenses they sell. You will have to be zoomed almost all the way out or you will have terrible vignetting in the image. You cannot just add length to a lens without problems such as this.
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I wasn't planning on an extended lens, but I'll keep that in mind.

All in all, worth getting one of these filters?
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