Can I use a UV filter as a polarizer?

10 years 4 months ago #71849 by Trooo
I am pretty sure I already know the answer, but I thought I would ask. Would I be able to use a UV filter acting as a polarizer to enrich colors of the sky?


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10 years 4 months ago - 10 years 4 months ago #71865 by MLKstudios
It won't "polarize" the light, but can add a touch extra color. Best to NOT use a filter at all with digital cameras though (they tend to degrade the image -- use a lens hood instead).

It's very easy to boost your saturation in post if needed.

Matthew :)

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10 years 4 months ago #72327 by Joves

MLKstudios wrote: It won't "polarize" the light, but can add a touch extra color. Best to NOT use a filter at all with digital cameras though (they tend to degrade the image -- use a lens hood instead).

It's very easy to boost your saturation in post if needed.

Matthew :)

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As Matthew said. UV filters are hold overs from the film days, they are sold at stores as lens protectors but they can introduce false coloration. I use Clears for lens protection but, not all of the time, being in N.Az on windy days the dust can get thick on everything and that is when I use them. Also modern sensors have UV filtration in their filters. If you want bluer skies then a Polarizer is what you need but use it sparingly because if you dial it in too deep they will look unnatural. Also dont go with the cheap ones they can vary in tone and effect wildly. You want the ones with Multi-Coatings to kill the reflections between the glass elements.


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10 years 4 months ago #72331 by Stealthy Ninja
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10 years 4 months ago #72355 by chasrich

Stealthy Ninja wrote: Can I use a sword as a gun?

Can I use a shoe as a glove?

Can I use a fork as a knife?


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10 years 4 months ago #72401 by Stealthy Ninja

chasrich wrote:

Stealthy Ninja wrote: Can I use a sword as a gun?

Can I use a shoe as a glove?

Can I use a fork as a knife?


With Ninjas anything is possible.


Ninja Robot does not understand this human emotion... "love".

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10 years 4 months ago #72493 by Graflex 4x5
If you can get the UV filter to act as a polarizer, you'd be twisting the laws of physics a bit .... and there's this planet in the Delta Quadrent I'd like to visit if you can lend a hand.

Perhaps you haven't noticed, but the sky is naturally polarized 90 d to the sun. If you slowly sweep the sky while looking through the view finder you can see what I mean. It's more pronounced on a sunny day.

Just something to think about.

No matter how fast I go, there's always someone slower in front of me.

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