Hi, I recently purchased a Nikon F80 with a Nikkor 28-200mm. I would like to add a circular polarizer filter, but I am not sure if i shall buy a generic one (the cheapest) or Tamron/Tiffen/Hoya or other. Would it compromise the qaulity of the already expensive lens I have?!.. Any advice?.... Thanks, Crewtl.
You purchased a good lens, don't compromise on the filter. A cheap filter can cause distortion, flare, and other faults. Stay with a name brand such as Nikon, Tiffen, Hoya, B&W, Heliopan, etc., and you should be satisfied. Any time you add glass between the subject and the film you want to add the best glass you can. DD
Thanks for the tips, I apprecaite that. Will probably go with one of the name brands. Unfortunately the Nikon 72mm filter is triple the price of the other...so at this point will probably end up with Tamron/Tiffen/Hoya.
I agree with Doug... don't cheat yourself out of the most potential quality that you can get by going too cheap with the filter.
One other thing... there is a possibility, depending on several factors that using the polarizer at its maximum effect, can cause your auto focus to either get slow or lose effectiveness. The zoom lens that you are using is pretty close to the limit of f5.6 at the long end... with no filter. Depending on the position of the sun, and the rotation dialed into the filter, you can lose 2 full f-stops worth of light. You might have to switch to manual focus... no big deal, just be aware of this possibility.
I like to polarize wide angle landscapes... and this is another advantage of a faster lens. My 35mm f1.4 is still pretty bright at full polarity.
You might look into getting a warm circular polarizer. Especially using a 28-200, if you try to double your filters you will get vignetting at your wide angle settings.
Tiffen's is their 812 (which in turn is an 81A plus skylight) combined with the polarizer. Just make sure that you order the warm circular polarizer, for some reason the warm linear appears to be what is carried by most mail order sites; I've been trying to order a 72mm but am having trouble finding anybody that has it in stock. I bought the Tiffen warm circ. pol. for my Cokin filter system and like it the results so much, I want to mount it perminantly on my most used lens.
Hoya's Moose filter is an 81A plus the warm circular, and can't be beat. I've been extremely happy with the results with my Moose filters.
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DaveDosch, That actually sounds like a great idea; i do not have the Cokin filter system and from what i have read so far..does not seem appealing to me. After all, i could do a lot using Photshop. But the initial warmer and polariser sounds like a great investment. I am not familiar with Hoya's moose filter...is that a brand or a type of filter?!...If a type, what is the specialty of it? What does it create that others don't?.. Thanks for your reply. Crewtl.
I use Tiffens because that's all the camera store here in my area carrys. Otherwise, I have to trek downtown. I looked at Nikon filters initially, they're really overpriced and I consider that overkill.
Frankie, Yes, i do believe Nikon's filter prices areoverpriced. I could just not afford that...I will have to go with another brand then. Might consider the above suggestion of a warm polarizer which act like skylight as well. Thanks for your comment. Crewtl
Have you checked out BHPhoto for filter prices? Even Nikon is not that bad compared w camera stores. They even have had specials on a couple of brands if you buy 3 you get an even better break.
I have a moose filter & it seems really good to me. It is a Hoya circular polarizer & warming. Others such as B&W make different warming circular polarizers too. You can look it all up on BHPhoto.com as to who makes them for 72mm.
I agree w everyone here that buy a good filter. Multi-coated filter are a real good idea so that it is not contributing to flare.
Btw, the Cokin system is really nice for graduated neutral density filters for when the sky is real bright & the forground is not. You can use these filters to balance the two & get a great shot of both. I have the cokin system, but Singh-Ray filters.