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11/22/2003 09:19:24 PM · #1
Hi, Im going to Busch Gardens Tampa on thurs, and I need a polarizing filter, (photo ops of many animals and roller coasters). But I need the polarizing filter from a local store because I need it by Thurs. Does anyone know what local stores carry the best and cheapest polarizing filters?
11/22/2003 09:45:17 PM · #2
Originally posted by hsteg:

Hi, Im going to Busch Gardens Tampa on thurs, and I need a polarizing filter, (photo ops of many animals and roller coasters). But I need the polarizing filter from a local store because I need it by Thurs. Does anyone know what local stores carry the best and cheapest polarizing filters?


The 'best' and 'cheapest' can't be had in one filter.
11/22/2003 09:50:11 PM · #3
good point. What retail store sells the most affordable, decent filters?
11/22/2003 10:16:00 PM · #4
Originally posted by hsteg:

good point. What retail store sells the most affordable, decent filters?


You should be able to get a cheap polarizer it Ritz camera for about $20 probably.
11/22/2003 10:24:26 PM · #5
Ritz or Wolf Camera (depending on your location)
11/22/2003 10:31:36 PM · #6
Ritz wants around 33 dollars for a Quantary Polarizer. Is this lens worth the money? I am only fourteen and Im on a tight budget.
11/22/2003 10:32:49 PM · #7
Originally posted by hsteg:

Ritz wants around 33 dollars for a Quantary Polarizer. Is this lens worth the money? I am only fourteen and Im on a tight budget.


That doesn't sound bad if its a coated or multi-coated filter. I paid $69 from B&H for the polarizer I'm currently using...
11/22/2003 10:36:18 PM · #8
whats the difference between a regular polarizer, and a circular polarizer? Whats a Linear Polarizer?
11/22/2003 10:44:48 PM · #9
I was in the same position as you last summer hsteg, needing a circular polarizer and not having the time to wait for it to come by mail. I got a local camera store to sell me a 58mm Sunpak that was marked $59.95 for $35.00 by saying "You don't really charge that price do you? I've seen them advertised for much less." Don't know if this would work with a chain like Ritz, but may be worth a try. And you can tell them your age & finacial condition same as you do here. Good Luck.
11/22/2003 11:39:42 PM · #10
i believe linear polarizers work best only when facing an angle 90 degrees from the sun, while circular polarizers are much more versatile and should work under most conditions.
11/22/2003 11:52:48 PM · #11
thanks so much for all of your help
11/23/2003 01:09:45 AM · #12
If you want to use the polarizer on a digital camera you need to get a circular polarizer.
11/23/2003 06:30:09 AM · #13
Best Buy also carries Coklin (SP?) in 55mm and 58mm
11/23/2003 11:26:11 AM · #14
I've seen them at Best Buy also - pretty cheap... not sure the quality though (Cokin)

11/23/2003 11:27:02 AM · #15
thanks, thats probaly where I'm going to go.
11/25/2003 06:17:38 PM · #16
Anyways, I went to Ritz and they had that buy two get one free quantary filter sale. So I got a UV, Circular Polarizer, and a neutral density filter all for just over 50 dollars. They are good filters, and a great price.
11/25/2003 06:28:06 PM · #17
Good to hear hsteg - glad you got what you needed at a good price! :-)

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