Polarizer filters give you several key creative features.
They evenly increase color saturation of all colors (except black and white), creating deep, rich scenics.
They add contrast for dramatic skies and ariel shots.
They eliminate the whitish glare from highly reflected surfaces like glass and water.
Polarizers are two part lenses that rotate, allowing you to select the degree of additional saturation, contrast and glare reduction desired.
Tiffen polarizers are offered in standard and warm versions. Warm polarizers add Tiffen's exclusive 812 warming filter, giving portraits and scenics a warm and muted feel while retaining rich coloration.
Polarizes come in two types:
Circular -- for all types of cameras: required for beam splitting metering systems commonly found in auto-focus SLR's and in most curretn TTL Slr's.
Linear -- for older metering systems.
Tiffen polarizers are available in the follow variations:
Warm Circular -- polarizer plus 812 warming filter.
Wide Angle Circular -- a thin filter designed to avoid vignetting at the edges from larger wide angle lenses.
Reviewed by 4 customers
Since the camera I got this for doesn't have an optical viewfinder it's going to be a bit of a challenge to use this, but I really value polarizing filters. I tested it to see how it did on window reflections and it worked well.
Circular polarizers reduce glare and saturate colors, an effect very hard to duplicate in Photoshop. Most landscape shots benefit, even under overcast conditions.
Does the job perfectly for me on my little Panasonic camcorder. Perhaps the previous reviewer doesn't realize the circular polarizers must be rotated to the correct position before shooting - best to aim low at the sky when clouds are present and rotate the polarizer until it is at its darkest. If you rotate the camera from a horizontal position to any other position, the polarizer must be re-adjusted for that new camera angle. Works best when outdoor light is on the bright side.
I put this on the camera and I can't notice a difference. I done several outdoor shoots and don't see anything better with the filter on.