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p.1 #1 · Nikon 600mm F/4 VR Circular Polarizer Filter


Hello

I just got Nikon 600mm F/4 VR. I don't know that should I buy Circular Polarizer filter 52mm from Nikon?

Does anyone know or use it?? please give me more information.

thanks
IJ



Aug 20, 2013 at 05:58 PM
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p.1 #2 · Nikon 600mm F/4 VR Circular Polarizer Filter


i wouldn't waste your time! There aren't many who use any polarizing filters on super telephotos.


Aug 20, 2013 at 06:21 PM
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p.1 #3 · Nikon 600mm F/4 VR Circular Polarizer Filter


The drop-in filter (C-PL1L) has a knob on it and as you turn it it will polarise (or not ).
I have one but I don't use it very often.



Aug 20, 2013 at 06:21 PM
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p.1 #4 · Nikon 600mm F/4 VR Circular Polarizer Filter


I have one that I used for my 500mm and now I suppose I can use it for my 600mm. Truth is, I just don't use it. Most of the time when I'm shooting wildlife I just can't sacrifice the ~2 stops it eats - I'd rather have the lower ISO.


Aug 20, 2013 at 06:36 PM
 

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p.1 #5 · Nikon 600mm F/4 VR Circular Polarizer Filter


As Chris, I have one but rarely have used it.
Some samples using telephotos (but not with the 600/4VR):


Ardea alba by labecoaves, on Flickr

D3 + Nikkor 400mm f/2.8 AF-I + TC20EIII [=800 f/5.6 af], tripod, gimbal head, ISO 320, 1/400s, f/11(5.6), ~ 33% crop of an already cropped D3 5:4 crop mode.




_D7K4454 800ais+CPL by labecoaves, on Flickr

Nikkor 800mm ais f/5.6 + Circular Polarizer, ~ 30% crop, tripod+ Wimberley gimbal head.




And some comparisons:

Just NC filter:


800mm + NC filter by labecoaves, on Flickr
Nikkor 800mm f/5.6 AIS EDIF at f/11 1/400s, just with the "default" drop in rear NC filter. According to Google Earth left tower is at 3.8 km, chestnut buildings in the centre at 3.9 km, right tower at 4.1 km, and mountainous Atlantic forest in the background at 14 km!

CPL drop in filter:

800mm + CPL filter by labecoaves, on Flickr

Nikkor 800mm f/5.6 AIS EDIF at f/11 1/160s, now with the Circular Polarizer drop in rear filter.
Colours are richer and the Atlantic Forest in the background (14 km away with a polluted atmosphere!) is more visible.



Another simple test on the effect of Polarizer Circular Filter.
This first image is without the CPL. Tower 12 Km away - CPL filter applied


Tower 12 Km away - no CPL filter by labecoaves, on Flickr
D300 + TC20EIII + Nikkor 800mm f/5.6 AIS IF-ED (=1600mm f/11) + tripod, ISO 200, f/22 at 1/80s.

CPL filter applied

Tower 12 Km away - CPL filter applied by labecoaves, on Flickr
D300 + TC20EIII + Nikkor 800mm f/5.6 AIS IF-ED (=1600mm f/11) + tripod, ISO 200, f/22 at 1/15s.
Te bluish haze cast is gone and deep/truest colours appears through 12 km of atmosphere.


The best effect is at 90 angle of the subject in relation to the sun.
It is not cheap, but in some circunstance can be very useful to fix excessive reflections on water or leafs, haze and add some colour saturation. Hope this can be useful to you.




Aug 20, 2013 at 06:52 PM
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p.1 #6 · Nikon 600mm F/4 VR Circular Polarizer Filter


It's not cheap, but - compare it to the cost of the lens. I haven't used my CPL on my 200 f2 a lot, but it kinda bugged me not having it, seemed like the lens was incomplete and the pain was tiny after the purchase of the lens itself.


Aug 20, 2013 at 11:08 PM
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p.1 #7 · Nikon 600mm F/4 VR Circular Polarizer Filter


It's not like there are many alternatives and it's cheap enough compared to the cost of a long tele lens. I probably don't use my drop-in polarizer enough.

EBH



Aug 21, 2013 at 12:50 AM





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