My backup Model 230 was retrofitted with a 49mm threaded filter mount. Of course, this begged for experimentation with various filters. Recently, I just had to scoop up the 49mm Polaroid filter set. I have seen these online in various sizes, this one being one of the harder to find kits. But after some digging on Amazon, they were found-
The kit comes with the customary UV filter, but also with a circular polarizer, and a fluorescent filter, which I have never used before. For that matter, I have never used a CP on a Polaroid, only on Nikon film SLR’s, and digital SLR’s. This proves a bit of a challenge for a rangefinder, and you have no through the lens SLR capabilities. But, worth a shot. Give it a spin, and see what you get. And what I got, I loved. Tried it out today at Indian Lake, which is the largest body of water completely contained within the city of Worcester.
The polarizer would not be the widely used photographic filter that it is today without Dr. Land’s invention of polarizing sheets. He invented them when he was 19 years old. Just one of 535 patents-
“The F-DL fluorescent light correction filter provides the perfect solution for obtaining pleasing skin tones and correct color while shooting without a flash under fluorescent lighting. This filter gives true-to-life color rendition by removing the harsh yellow-green cast ordinarily resulting from fluorescent bulbs.” -Online Description
But, what does it do outdoors? Crazy, almost cross processed colors-
The filter seems to do strange things with the blue color saturation. and exposure. These really did underexpose. But, the results were so worth the experimentation. Next time, turn the L/D wheel up towards “L”.
The UV filter is yet to be tested, as the assumption is that it would perform very much like the stock Polaroid UV Filter Model #585. But, may be worth a side by side comparison sometime. I know from experience that the 585 really does help take the bluish tint out of daylight shadows. That filter works amazingly well, and is a must-have for Land Cameras kits.
As for the CP and F-DL, fantastic daylight color options. Almost like adding the Holga or Diana unpredictability to shots. Just crank open the aperture.