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Old April 24th, 2009, 05:56 PM   #1
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Polarizer for Zeiss Lens kit

I just ordered 5 Zeiss primes (28, 35, 50, 85, 100mm) for my Letus/EX1 setup, and I'm looking for a good set of polarizing filters to match the quality of the glass I just purchased. Could someone please point me in the right direction? I don't want to end up purchasing something that I'll regret right away.

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Old April 24th, 2009, 06:14 PM   #2
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#1 set a budget.
#2 Screw-on or Rectangular for matte box?
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Old April 24th, 2009, 06:16 PM   #3
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I'm looking for a screw on.
I've got a RedRockMicro MatteBox with their filter but I'm traveling next month with my camera and I don't have enough room for it. So I'll just take some screw-on Polarizers.
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Old April 24th, 2009, 06:28 PM   #4
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Wow! May I ask what the market value is for those ZF lenses? I just have the 50mm and want to get the set like you.

Also, why didn't you go for the 21mm ZF?
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All together it came to about $6700.00 Canadian... as I purchased them through Dennis @ Cinevate.com
Really good guy!
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Old April 24th, 2009, 06:32 PM   #6
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Oh, and when I get enough, the 21mm will be my next purchase.
I just wasn't going to use something like that anytime soon... although it would be nice!
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Old April 24th, 2009, 07:06 PM   #7
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Justin:

You may not want to use a polarizer on your 28mm, usually a pola on a wide angle will have inconsistent polarization because of the variances in the sky.

I would advise buying one pola, if you will have time to change it in between lens changes. If you buy a large pola like a 77mm or 82mm, you can use step down adapter rings to affix the single filter to all of your lenses, regardless of diameter.

I use the B+W Thinline Polarizer in 82mm. The other good thing about using a larger diameter filter is that you can avoid corner vignetting because the glass filter element and adapter ring are so much larger than the ring of the smaller diameter lens. This can allow you to stack additional ND or ND grads on along with the pola without vignetting.

That said, if you are spending almost $7,000.00 on a set of lenses, maybe money is not an issue? If so, I would jut get one dedicated pola for each lens? B+W, Formatt, Schneider and Singh Ray are my favorites.

Good luck with that nice glass.

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Old April 24th, 2009, 07:13 PM   #8
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Thanks for the insight Dan. I wasn't aware of the wide angle problems.
I'll most likely get 3 Pols as the the 28, 35, & 50 all share the same diameter of 58mm.
I would use a step ring, except then I wouldn't be able to use the bayonet style lens hood they come with.
What I'm looking at right now is a B+W slim line: B+W | 58 mm Kaeseman Circular Polarizer Slim Glass | 66025830

I'm guessing that being that it's a slimline it wouldn't exhibit any vignetting issues?
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Old April 24th, 2009, 08:07 PM   #9
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Just beware that slimline polas have no threaded rings on them so you cannot stack another filter on them, but if you have another regular filter, you could put the slimline on it.

Yeah, I know what you mean but to me, hoods are overrated, I rarely use them. When I see flares, I usually just use my hand and I rarely do see flares.

You shouldn't see any vignetting with a slimline.

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Old April 24th, 2009, 08:51 PM   #10
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Sounds good, thanks for your help.
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