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    Lee Polarizer?

    Lee Linear (4x4'') Polarizer... I've got conflicting info on what to add ie 1.3 1.5 or 2 stops compensation? Or is it just best to test?

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    Re: Lee Polarizer?

    I'd use light meter.

    Take a light reading
    Put the polariser over the probe
    Take a reading again
    Compare two readings.

    I think you could use your digital camera too.

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    Re: Lee Polarizer?

    Polarisers are usually rated at 2 stops. Don't even attempt to use an exposure meter through the filter; different wavelengths of light will polarise more or less and the angle of the filter to the lightsource will make a difference.

    Just stick to 2 stops.

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    Re: Lee Polarizer?

    Thanks Joanna will do just that next time I get out with the camera.

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    Re: Lee Polarizer?

    Quote Originally Posted by Joanna Carter View Post
    Polarisers are usually rated at 2 stops. Don't even attempt to use an exposure meter through the filter; different wavelengths of light will polarise more or less and the angle of the filter to the lightsource will make a difference.

    Just stick to 2 stops.
    Most polarizers reduce light by 1 to 2 stops, depending on the angle of rotation and the scene therein. It is precisely because of the fact that differing amount of light will come thru the filter depending on the angle of the polarizer you happen to be using, therefore, always using a 2-stop setting will at times be overcompensating depending on the angle of your polarizer. That is why putting the polarizer (with the intended rotation angle) in front of the light meter will give you the most accurate reading, as the other poster pointed out.

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    Re: Lee Polarizer?

    Kev, I use that same filter. You need to open up 2 stops.

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    Re: Lee Polarizer?

    Thanks Joe I'll give it a go. I should be a poet;-)

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