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Selecting a Circular Polarizer filter - how important is brand name?

 
Perfectly ­ Frank
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Jun 01, 2016 13:22 |  #1

I'm looking for a 82mm circular polarizer filter for my Canon 24-70 II lens.
B+W and Helioplan filters have a reputation for high quality. Prices range from $215 to over $300.

I didn't want to spend this much money, especially since I won't be using the filter too often.
Hoya offers the filter for $135, a price I like. Is there much quality difference between brands?

Btw, I want the filter to use at outdoor car shows, in bright sunlight, if that matters.


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Jun 01, 2016 14:02 |  #2

Brand name is important in terms of putting out quality. However, there are many brands that aren't as well-known and still put out quality filters. The latest one I've recently started hearing a lot about is Breakthrough Photography (external link). They started out as a Kickstarter by photographers who wanted to make quality filters for cheaper. I've heard nothing but praise about the ND filters they make over in the other big photography forums.

The brands that I've used and like are Marumi and B+W.

If you're familiar with Greentoe (external link), they also offer their services for buying a select number of filters. Could save a few bucks.


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Jun 01, 2016 14:09 |  #3

Don't bother buying a cheap filter and putting it on a quality lens. Bite the bullet and spend enough to get a good one. A quality CP will last you for many years.


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Jun 01, 2016 14:11 |  #4

I've used marumi with good success, hoya has been horrible for me (robs a ton of resolution). I got the marumi before the crazy prices... if buying now, I might look at something else, maybe haida


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Jun 01, 2016 14:15 |  #5

Brands fall into categories. B&W, Hoya, Tiffen, Heliopan are top tier manufactures and you can pretty much rely on any of them. There are many others out there. Some are complete junk while others can be quite good.


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Jun 01, 2016 14:55 |  #6

wunhang wrote in post #18026077 (external link)
Brand name is important in terms of putting out quality. However, there are many brands that aren't as well-known and still put out quality filters. The latest one I've recently started hearing a lot about is Breakthrough Photography (external link). They started out as a Kickstarter by photographers who wanted to make quality filters for cheaper. I've heard nothing but praise about the ND filters they make over in the other big photography forums.

The brands that I've used and like are Marumi and B+W.

If you're familiar with Greentoe (external link), they also offer their services for buying a select number of filters. Could save a few bucks.

I'm one of the backers for the x4 from Breakthrough; it is, easily, up the same level of quality as the B+Ws are. I've used B+W Kaesemann's for years and have switched to the x4 as my primary; mainly due to the handling. The image quality between the two is close enough to be identical but the ring for dialing the filter in is much easier to hold/manipulate than my latest B+W Nano. Although, I wouldn't say "cheaper"; they're right on par with what you'll pay for a good B+W.

I've used other filters from Marumi but not their CPL; however, based on that and the general opinion on that filter around here, I wouldn't hesitate to pick one of theirs up, either.


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Jun 01, 2016 15:44 |  #7

I agree, go for quality glass on a quality lens if you need it. B+W MRC is always my first choice, and if I must double up with the same size and type filter Marumi DHG is a great filter.

I'm not sure where you're shopping, but even B&H has 82mm CPL for way less than you're quoting.




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Jun 02, 2016 14:09 |  #8

wunhang wrote in post #18026077 (external link)
The latest one I've recently started hearing a lot about is Breakthrough Photography (external link). They started out as a Kickstarter by photographers who wanted to make quality filters for cheaper. I've heard nothing but praise about the ND filters they make over in the other big photography forums.

Thanks, I visited their site and I like what I see. Impressive. As a bonus the filter (or part of it) is made in the USA.
This filter I'll strongly consider. Thanks for sharing.


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Jun 02, 2016 14:14 |  #9

Nethawked wrote in post #18026172 (external link)
I agree, go for quality glass on a quality lens if you need it. B+W MRC is always my first choice, and if I must double up with the same size and type filter Marumi DHG is a great filter.

I'm not sure where you're shopping, but even B&H has 82mm CPL for way less than you're quoting.

Right about B+W. I have their UV and ND filter and they are excellent.

I was checking prices from my local camera store. They offer the B+W for $215. At BHP the same filter is $130. A difference of $85.
I like to support my local camera store, but not at their insane price.


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Jun 02, 2016 14:16 |  #10

Perfectly Frank wrote in post #18027032 (external link)
Thanks, I visited their site and I like what I see. Impressive. As a bonus the filter (or part of it) is made in the USA.
This filter I'll strongly consider. Thanks for sharing.

Here's a quick and dirty comparison I did between my x4 and my B+W Kaeseman Nano: https://www.flickr.com .../albums/72157664872​922711 (external link)

Metered in M for the bare lens shot and then exposures adjusted to match metering for the subsequent shots w/ CPLs mounted. x4 appears to have *very* slightly better light transmission and a bit less magenta/green tinting than the B+W, but both differences I would consider marginal. Both filters notably flatten out the image when mounted, which I find interesting.


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Jun 02, 2016 14:55 |  #11

Perfectly Frank wrote in post #18026039 (external link)
I'm looking for a 82mm circular polarizer filter for my Canon 24-70 II lens.
B+W and Helioplan filters have a reputation for high quality. Prices range from $215 to over $300.

I didn't want to spend this much money, especially since I won't be using the filter too often.
Hoya offers the filter for $135, a price I like. Is there much quality difference between brands?

Btw, I want the filter to use at outdoor car shows, in bright sunlight, if that matters.

Heya,

Look into a Marumi DHG. It measures better than B&W. It's built well too.

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Jun 02, 2016 18:36 |  #12

I use the Formatt Hitech Firecrest Cpl on my 24-70 F2.8 V2. Very pleased with it but it is not cheap.
I guess it would be $150+shipping in your area, for me it's just a 40 minute drive to the factory!
I find the colour rendition very good and there is minimal (if any) effect on sharpness.


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