View Full Version : Polarising Filter Options

:: Mark
09-15-2016, 01:28
I am looking for a way to simplify use of a polariser for landscape and travel photography. Currently, I use the light-meter to roughly judge when part of the image is darkest, but this is less precise than I would like.

Has anyone experience with the E49-E67 polariser adapter that Leica makes for the Tri-Elmar? This is essentially a step-up ring with holes cut out, so that part of the polariser shows through the VF. This seems a sensible option that would work natively on my 35mm and with a step-up ring on other lenses, but I am somewhat worried about problems with reflections off the (huge, unshaded) filter surface.

Any thoughts on how this compares to the other options, both for ease of use and robustness (mountain hiking). Live-view is not an option, unfortunately.

09-15-2016, 01:44
If you want to preview the polarisation effect right in the finder, there are only two common options - that oversized filter with cut-outs or a swing out filter. Both will require a lens of matching size.

Another possibility is a viewing filter you use off camera, angle marked to manually transfer the position to the camera filter. Kenko sells a hotshoe-mounted viewing polariser, as well as matching marked filters.

09-15-2016, 18:36
Polarizing filters are easiest with 35mm SLR and DSLR cameras. I used mine on a Rolleiflex by making sure the arrow is in the same position as when I viewed it through the filter. The effect of a PF is poor when shooting into the sun so I just don't do it.