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B + W, Lee or Hoya polarising filter.

 
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Mar 11, 2013 08:27 |  #1

Looking for some opinions on the above brands and if any members have tried either or all and seen any difference in quality etc.

I am looking to buy my first filter and have narrowed the decision down to these three brands.


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Mar 11, 2013 08:36 |  #2

B+W probably makes the best as far as screw on; Hoya potentially the second best (model dependent). Lee filters are a separate form factor; and probably the best for what they are (if you can find them). I wouldn't use a Lee as a walkaround though.


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Mar 11, 2013 08:57 |  #3

As far as CPL go, I would suggest B+W as Hoya has been known to have issues with the construction of the CPL mechanism coming apart, which I have witnessed.

I use B+W and I also have a complete Lee setup as well for my ND filters, but CPL I use for walkaround and therefore have gone with B+W.


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Mar 11, 2013 08:57 |  #4

Marumi DHG Super - as good as B+W and much cheaper.

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Mar 11, 2013 08:58 |  #5

I went with B+W MRC Kaesemann, no reason other than many people here recommended it. No complaints about it.




  
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Mar 11, 2013 09:11 |  #6

First question. Do you want to use the CPL filter in conjunction with an (G)ND filter ?
Are you searching for screw on filter or filter that you use on a filter holder ?

I use a Lee filter holder with one slot and CPL on a 24-70 II - 5D III. Really like to use this combination.
Also have a filter holder with two slots.


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Mar 11, 2013 09:20 |  #7

rick_reno wrote in post #15701742 (external link)
I went with B+W MRC Kaesemann, no reason other than many people here recommended it. No complaints about it.

Went the same route because of the same reason.




  
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Mar 11, 2013 09:40 |  #8

Me too ^^


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Mar 11, 2013 11:44 |  #9

+1 on the B+W I have one and it works well


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Mar 11, 2013 11:52 |  #10

rick_reno wrote in post #15701742 (external link)
I went with B+W MRC Kaesemann, no reason other than many people here recommended it. No complaints about it.

Same here; got one of the new Nano coated ones after my original one took a nosedive off the tripod :( I love 'em.

The Lee is either a square filter, used in conjunction with their rectangular ND/GND filters, or a much more expensive screw-on one that requires a special holder, etc.

For a simple screw-on, I'd stick with the B+W or maybe the Marumi, although, I don't have first hand experience with their CPLs.


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Mar 11, 2013 15:32 |  #11

rick_reno wrote in post #15701742 (external link)
I went with B+W MRC Kaesemann, no reason other than many people here recommended it. No complaints about it.

Same here, works well.


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Mar 11, 2013 15:54 |  #12

Superdaantje wrote in post #15701790 (external link)
First question. Do you want to use the CPL filter in conjunction with an (G)ND filter ?
Are you searching for screw on filter or filter that you use on a filter holder ?

I use a Lee filter holder with one slot and CPL on a 24-70 II - 5D III. Really like to use this combination.
Also have a filter holder with two slots.

Having thought about my requirements today after making several calls to retailers etc. established that I will eventually be wanting to use the cpl in conjunction with nd filters and as such will be going the lee route. However, addition to the lee holder i have also learned that you can buy a screw on step down ring to use the cpl as a standalone so this will work well for me.


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Mar 12, 2013 05:57 |  #13

Heliopan or B+W
but I have more Heliopan and kinda prefer them not sure why?
both are brass construction etc... which I prefer


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Mar 12, 2013 07:40 |  #14

Chad D wrote in post #15705574 (external link)
Heliopan or B+W
but I have more Heliopan and kinda prefer them not sure why?
both are brass construction etc... which I prefer

So you prefer one brand over another, but are not sure why? :confused:


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Mar 12, 2013 09:38 |  #15

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Having thought about my requirements today after making several calls to retailers etc. established that I will eventually be wanting to use the cpl in conjunction with nd filters and as such will be going the lee route. However, addition to the lee holder i have also learned that you can buy a screw on step down ring to use the cpl as a standalone so this will work well for me.

When using the filter holder system from Lee. The Lee CPL 105 is a good option. But don't forget that its vignette more. Here some of my test shots. With a Lee filter holder with one slot and Lee CPL 105
http://eosfotografie.n​l …-105-canon-16-35-ii-test/ (external link)


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