Bad polarizers: I have seen the light

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bluevellet Senior Member • Posts: 2,764
Bad polarizers: I have seen the light
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I've often used polarizers, of different sizes for different lenses. It was always worth it on bright sunny days. Never cared about the more expensive kind: it seemed like marketing nonsense. How hard can it be to design a single piece of glass/plastic with some coating on it? No way am I paying extra or am I carefully shopping for such an item.

That is until today. I have what was an unused Jessops 62mm polarizer for my 12-40. This is the same polarizer I was kicking myself for not bringing on a trip to southern Europe last month. Today, I made myself a promise to bring it on some early morning outing.

Right off the bat, I could see something was wrong when trying to take photos. Flare everywhere, even with the sun on my back. Could it have been because I had not taken the lens hood along for the trip? I used my hand to cover the top of the lens, it helped a bit but it is only when I got home that I saw all my photos were bad. Fuzzy, non-saturated, blue-ish, like a cheap smartphone camera. I can't even fix it in RAW. Photos ruined.

I investigated things further at home. Could it be the lens... somehow? No, holding a big 72mm polarizer, a polarizer I have used for years, in front of the lens and the photos come out fine. Testing the defective 62mm filter on smaller lenses like the 14-150mm show the polarizer is the problem.

Lesson learned, folks, I guess I was just lucky with all the other polarizers I had used before today.

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