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Old October 5th, 2009, 11:05 PM   #1
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Cicrular Polarizer for EX1

Can I use just about any 77mm circular polarizer on the EX1?

Tiffen | 77mm Digital HT (High Transmission) Circular | 77HTCP

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Sony | 77mm Circular Polarizer | VF-77CPAM | B&H Photo Video

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Hoya | 77mm Circular Polarizing HD (High Density) | XHD77CRPL


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Old October 6th, 2009, 08:34 PM   #2
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Any 77mm circular polariser should work. However, because of their two-part construction (the static and rotating bit) most will not fit under the standard lens hood. Although even if you found one which did, it would be tricky to turn it with the hood attached.
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Old October 6th, 2009, 09:04 PM   #3
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The Slim versions from B+W work just fine. This is the one I have and it fits under the hood no problem:

B+W | 77mm Circular Polarizer Glass Filter (Slim) | 65-016930
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Old October 6th, 2009, 09:41 PM   #4
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I'm using the slim version as well. However, it IS hard to get your fingers in there to turn it....or at least I have a problem with MY big, fat fingers. I usually get fingerprints on it when I try this, so I try to turn it to the amount of effect I want and THEN put the hood back on.
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Old October 8th, 2009, 07:40 AM   #5
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Same here I would recommend the B+W for the quality and fitting under the hood. I keep a lens cleaning kit in my pocket all the time when shooting. This allows me grab a cloth when I have to move the filter and avoid having to stop the shoot to clean the filter.
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Old October 8th, 2009, 08:02 AM   #6
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I'm using the slim version as well. However, it IS hard to get your fingers in there to turn it....or at least I have a problem with MY big, fat fingers. I usually get fingerprints on it when I try this, so I try to turn it to the amount of effect I want and THEN put the hood back on.
Go to an art shop and buy a good quality small rubber. Slip it into your camera bag and you can use it to nudge the polariser round without having to take the hood off or scratching the glass/leaving marks. Works a treat for my Z1 but am yet to test the technique on my EX1.
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Old October 8th, 2009, 10:17 AM   #7
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Go to an art shop and buy a good quality small rubber.
In the USA we would call that an "eraser". You might get arrested if you used a rubber over here that way :-)
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Old October 8th, 2009, 11:25 AM   #8
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Marcus: What Doug's referring to is a "raincoat" or "Jimmy Cap."
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Old October 8th, 2009, 11:33 AM   #9
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In the USA we would call that an "eraser". You might get arrested if you used a rubber over here that way :-)
Ah sorry, I forgot the double meaning!

Although that type of rubber is great for waterproofing mics. Once worked on a radio broadcast where we had the presenter in a hot tub and we had to "protect" the mic.
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Old October 8th, 2009, 03:22 PM   #10
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Yeah Marcus....what are you implying? ;-) I happen to buy the LARGE rubbers....er, erasers.
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Old October 9th, 2009, 12:40 AM   #11
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Thanks guys.

Does someone have rubber envy?
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Old October 11th, 2009, 07:04 AM   #12
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B+W Slim Rotating Polarizing Filter for EX3

Just got the 77mm B+W Slim Rotating Polarizing filter mentioned by Steve Nelson above. It was about 58 quid here in the UK including postage from an Amazon marketplace trader - I got the last one he had in stock at this time. I've a big corporate architecture type job coming up to be shot in a building with glass partition screens everywhere - so I think it'll come in handy. It fits just fine on my EX3 under the standard hood. However, I think using an eraser/rubber to rotate it is still not as easy as just taking the hood off, rotating it to where you need it and putting the hood back on.

Also, for the record, I have a B+W UV filter more or less permamantly on the front of my EX3 stock lense to protect it (again, note that it has to be their 'Slim' version to fit inder the hood). About the only time that will ever come off is to fit this polariser. One must always use protection!
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Old October 11th, 2009, 03:22 PM   #13
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Just make sure you check you aren't "over-exposed" once you have adjusted your filter...
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Old December 4th, 2010, 10:40 AM   #14
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The link at the start of this thread points to a B+W filter that says "slim design" in the marketing text. Here:
B+W 77mm Circular Polarizer Filter 65-016930 B&H Photo Video

However, there are also Multi-Resistant Coat B+W filters that have Slim in the name and are more expensive. Here:
B+W 77mm Circular Polarizer Multi-Resistant Coated 66026598 B&H

Anyone know if the MRC versions also work on the EX? Is the MRC worth it?
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Old December 4th, 2010, 11:27 AM   #15
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probably the Ex1 sunshade is not so different than the Ex1 one.
Circular Polarizing Filter?
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