Archived posting to the Leica Users Group, 2000/08/10

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Subject: RE: [Leica] Any One Using Polarizer # 13356?
From: "Dan Honemann" <>
Date: Thu, 10 Aug 2000 07:56:49 -0400


I own the universal polarizer (and it cost me $350).  Is it worth it?  Hard
to say, really.  If I had it to do it over again, I'd probably forgo the
purchase (it was very much an impulse buy when I was browsing (dangerous!)
at a local camera store).  On the other hand, am I willing to part with it
now that I have it?  No way!

It _does_ work, and is a heck of a lot more convenient than having a
screw-in filter that you'd have to screw off, adjust, then screw back on in
the correct position.  But $350 is a lot to pay for convenience.  If you're
mostly shooting nature, my vote would go to saving the money and buying a
B+W polarizer.  If you're mostly shooting candids (as I am), then the speed
and convenience of the universal polarizer may well be worth the outrageous
price to you (which is the same justification I used in buying the M to
begin with!).

If you shoot Velvia, then you don't need a polarizer at all.


> -----Original Message-----
> From:
> []On Behalf Of Richard
> Fulco
> Sent: Wednesday, August 09, 2000 10:08 PM
> To:
> Subject: [Leica] Any One Using Polarizer # 13356?
> Importance: Low
> Hello
> I just returned  from Victoria B.C. where I shot a few rolls of Kodak
> 160NC. In more than a few of the shots the sky was somewhat washed-out.
> I am wondering if the polarizer designed for use with the M series
> cameras is worth the $ 300.00+ that I might spend if I were to buy one
> from BH Photo? Thanks in advance.
> Richard Fulco
> Minneapolis, MN