Read on for a guest blog from Don Hamilton on his recent trip to Tanzania. Polarizers are a must for outdoor excursions! Grab yours at Bedfords.com.
In preparation for my 2018 African Safari Photography tour, I had the chance to use and test drive a new polarizer filter. The Promaster HGX Prime CPL was just what the doctor ordered for those bright and hazy days in Tanzania.
First off, I was blown away by the safe-keeping storage container and the build quality. Over the years I have tried many different kinds of polarizers, where sometimes quality was less than stellar. The Promaster HGX Prime Circular Polarizer Filter is a high transmission filter, which attenuates less light than many of the normal “run-of-the mill” polarizers available today. This allows you to maintain higher shutter speeds without having to increase your ISO or open your aperture.
The polarizer allowed me to accentuate the details in clouds and tame the harsh loss of details. Hands down a most valuable tool for your kit. Of course, ultra wide angle lenses don’t fare well with polarizers; however, with medium telephoto lenses they are a must in hazy and harsh conditions, leaving you with no warm and fuzzy image.
Most impressive is a proprietary coating that repels water and dust. I honestly did not believe the “wicked” dust of Tanzania could be tamed. I barely noticed any dust particles adhering, which was a welcome sight!