Hoya 52mm Pro-1 Polariser – disappointed
I recently joined this forum to ask advice about buying my first polariser filter, and ended up going for the Hoya 52mm Pro-1 from Amazon for £33.
I've never owned or used a filter before, but having tried this one out a few times now, I have to say I'm pretty disappointed :(
From searching the net, I was expecting some results like these:
Obviously I realise it's never going to "make an awesome photo" out of nothing, but I was hoping for richer blue skies, deeper colours overall – a much more intense or vivid looking image, that would result in less time spent editing in Photoshop.
Here are some results from a day trip to Brighton last weekend, straight off the camera. It was a gorgeous day, clear blue skies, but I have to say I think the polariser almost makes the images look worse...! The sky & sea look brown & muddy! The shots without it feel lighter and crisper. The only positive difference I can see is how it cuts out the reflections on some still water.
Any advice appreciated on this matter... was I just expecting too much? Have I shot the wrong subject matter for these tests? Should I clean my lens and try again?
(Camera is a Nikon D90 with 35mm f1.8 lens)