I hope to pick up a CPL in the near future. Naturally I'd like one that will work with all of my lenses. I'm shooting a 6D and I think the largest filter I might need in the possible future is 77mm in the case that I purchase a 24-70 or 70-200 down the road. What I would like is to use one CPL for all of lenses. Using a 77mm size CPL I shouldn't have any problems using step-down rings down to a 52mm size, should I? I'm thinking that I'll have to stack several rings to get from 77mm to 52mm...would doing this cause a problem. The widest I would be shooting would be the 24-70 (if I can swing the $ for one ), though currently my walk-around/wide lens is a Tammy 28-75 f2.8 which uses a 67mm filter. I've got a few fixed lenses (50mm, 85mm, 100mm) that require 52mm and 58mm filters.
So, is there an issue with stacking too many rings with the lenses I've noted? Anything to be aware of?
Should I consider going with a larger CPL than 77mm, even though the largest lens that I see I might own takes 77mm?
I'm looking at the two B+W cpls...the XS-Pro and the standard one...looks like the standard one is spoken highly of as is the XS-Pro one. Should I be concerned with the "thin" aspect? I might be adding an ND filter to the stack later...would that work well with the standard one?
Another CPL that I'm looking at is the Marumi DHG CPL. It is a good bit cheaper in price but also spoken well of. In another thread someone (can't remember who, but thanks for posting it) showed comparison shots between the Marumi and a B+W and it seemed the Marumi had more flare to it.
From reports that I've read, the build quality of the Marumi isn't as robust(?) as the B+W. Being as there is only a $15-$20 difference between the standard B+W and the Marumi I feel I would definitely select the standard B+W. Between the B+W CPLs...is the XS-Pro worth the premium over the standard one?
As for the step-down rings... There are some very inexpensive ones out there, whereas the B+W ones cost 10x as much. Any issues going with the cheaper rings? Any problems such as seizing, roughness, etc.,. to be expected with the cheaper ones?
Any feedback is appreciated and thanks a lot for it!!!!