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Nov 09, 2010 17:26 |  #1

I'm looking for a decent CPL in the $80-130 price range and it seems there are relatively few options. The B+W uncoated filter is ~$100, is it a major step down in quality from the Kaesemann filters? I've also seen some threads about Marumi polarizers, how do they compare?


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Nov 09, 2010 17:52 |  #2

Kaesemann isn't the only option for multicoated CPLs. B+W makes non-Kaesemann MRC circular polarizers. The B+W MRC 58 mm CPL is $93.50 at B&H; the 67 mm is $117. If you're looking for a CPL for your 10-20, however, bear in mind that it'll give you a very uneven effect across a clear sky since that lens covers such a wide AoV that you'll be able to see the difference between a CPL at right angles to the sun and one aimed along the line of the sun. For that you'd be better off with a graduated ND filter (square, not round) to hold back the sky.


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Nov 09, 2010 17:53 |  #3

I have and use the Marumi 77mm polarizer. I used to have the B+W. I like the Marumi just as well.


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Nov 09, 2010 19:28 |  #4

I have an uncoated B+W cpl that I use on my 100-400 with no ill effects. Another option would be one of the multi-coated Hoya's if you want to save money over the B+W. Keep in mind what Jon said about using one on your 10-20.




  
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Nov 09, 2010 20:32 |  #5

Thanks! I was thinking I'd get a 77mm and use a step-up ring with the 70-200mm f/4L, but I may go for a 67mm instead. My lens collection is constantly changing though, do these things hold their value? (Otherwise I'd probably just get the 77mm) I have a hitech ND grad that I'm using with the Sigma for the reason mentioned.


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Nov 09, 2010 20:43 as a reply to  @ jt354's post |  #6

Try Kenko Pro1. They're the exact same as Hoya Pro1 (same company) and usually costs less.



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Nov 09, 2010 20:47 |  #7

Kenko Pro 1D work well but a step up ring doesn't let you use the hood at all.


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Nov 09, 2010 21:03 |  #8

^Wouldn't using a hood (on a telephoto) be maddening with a polarizer anyway? I feel like I'd constantly be smudging it by accident.


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Nov 09, 2010 21:14 |  #9

I use CPL's on both my telephotos. It's kind of a pain, but I've become fairly adept at sticking my finger in there to turn it. I wish Canon would do like some of the other mfgs. and either put a little access port on the hood, or a thumb wheel.




  
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Nov 09, 2010 21:39 |  #10

The Marumi DHG CP for $69 or Super DHG CP for $114 for the 77mm size, and less for smaller sizes.
http://www.2filter.com …/marumicirpolar​izers.html (external link)

How do they compare? The Marumis did quite well in this set of measurement tests:
http://www.lenstip.com …arizing_filters​_test.html (external link)
http://www.lenstip.com …Hoya_HD_CIR-PL_72_mm.html (external link)

The Marumi Super DHG tied for fist place.


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Nov 10, 2010 08:52 |  #11

http://www.lenstip.com …arizing_filters​_test.html (external link)

this should be stickied.


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Nov 10, 2010 12:18 |  #12

plasticmotif wrote in post #11258415 (external link)
http://www.lenstip.com …arizing_filters​_test.html (external link)

this should be stickied.

Very good link!


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Nov 10, 2010 13:11 |  #13

Wow that's a lot of filter's they tested.




  
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Nov 10, 2010 13:27 |  #14

plasticmotif wrote in post #11258415 (external link)
http://www.lenstip.com …arizing_filters​_test.html (external link)

this should be stickied.

Agreed. I spent a lot of time looking at that when I bought my Marumi. I have the Super DHG (grabbed it off ebay for like $95) and it has been fantastic thusfar.


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Nov 10, 2010 14:10 |  #15

IMO, save youre money until you can afford a high end one. You wont regret it and you can rest assured you own the best tool for the job.


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