RL. wrote in post #10503791
Is it really necessary to spend 170+ on a hoya pro1 cpl or would something like this: http://www.adorama.com/VVCPL72.html
be just as good?
I have NO problem spending the money if I have to, but would like to save some if the quality is the same...your opinions?
No, you can get better. The B+W MRC Kaesemann in 77mm size is less than $150 at Maxsaver. The price is even less for smaller diameter B+W filters. Don't skimp on a CPL...get a good one and it'll last you quite a long time. I also wouldn't put too much weight on the Marumi ranking at the lenstip site...they flat-out say that the recommendation was due mainly to its price/performance ratio (meaning, for an inexpensive filter it performed okay). Lenstip also goes on to say that the B+W Kaesemann is pretty much the top filter. There have been a few Marumi threads in this forum, but the images taken with a Marumi seem to have a pretty noticeable blue color cast. IMO, you won't go wrong with a B+W...
For that matter, if you don't want the Kaesemann version, the standard F-Pro MRC version with BRASS rings is about $130 at Maxsaver (of course, it depends on the size of the filter diameter...this is for the 77mm filter):
B+W F-Pro MRC CPL