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Rodenstock CPL Filter - any good?

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Mar 06, 2013 14:32 |  #1

Picked one up at a recent show. Just wanted to hear opinions before I open the case...... It is a Japan branded version.

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Mar 07, 2013 12:42 |  #2

I don't know if this is relevant, but I have a Rodenstock enlarger lens and the quality is superior. I would say it's good quality.

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Mar 07, 2013 20:11 as a reply to  @ vschapman's post |  #3

I used to use Rodenstock enlarging lenses when I was doing my own B/W printing. At the time, along with Schneider, one of the best enlarger lenses on the market. They also made view camera lenses.

I didn't know Rodenstock made filters so if their filters are every bit as good as their lenses, they should be very good. BTW,, Rodenstock lenses came out of Germany.

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Mar 08, 2013 07:37 |  #4

I have a 3 stop ND filter, is of very high quality, works excellent

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Mar 08, 2013 09:53 |  #5

Rodenstock is a grand old name in the lens business.... They have also offered filters (among other optical products) for a long time. I would imagine Rodenstock has made different qualities of filters over the years, just like everyone else. If you bought the current "HR Digital Super MC" model or the less expensive "MC Pro", both are multicoated and from the specs appears to be very high quality. The more expensive model uses a brass mounting ring. The less expensive uses aluminum. The more expensive model is claimed to have more dust/moisture/scratch resistant coatings.

Not sure what you mean by "Japan branded"... All Rodenstock are manufactured in Germany. Perhaps you just mean the box is in Japanese, intended for sale in the Japanese market? I can't see where that would matter.

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Mar 08, 2013 12:21 |  #6

The Rodenstock company was acquired by LINOS AG, a multinational company with arms in Europe, Asia, and USA. The Rodenstock brand name now operates as part of a business group Qioptiq within LINOS. So with mergers and acquisitions it is not surprising to learn that there are now Rodenstock brand filters. The quality is unknown, as companies that make lenses, like Canon, offer filters that are inferior to major filter manufacturer premium products like Hoya and B+W.

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Mar 08, 2013 14:14 |  #7

I picked up a 58mm Rodenstock CPL when I first got into photography about 10 years ago. It was and is a superb piece of glass. As long as it's clean and relatively scratch free, yours should serve you well.

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Mar 09, 2013 14:31 |  #8

great, thanks for the info chaps. I got quite a good deal on one at the imaging show NEC Birmingham a few days ago, I just wanted to cross check a impulse buy without having heard of them before.


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