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Best place to purchase B+W ND filter?

 
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Mar 12, 2014 21:04 |  #1

Hi guys,

It's been a while since I purchased a ND filter, but the last time I purchased my B+W filters were from DWI. I've checked their website and it seems like they stock the B+W range anymore (minimal stock).

Can someone suggest where I can purchase B+W ND filters are a reasonable price?

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Mar 12, 2014 21:55 |  #2

http://www.2filter.com​/ (external link)

While you are there check out Marumi Super DHG. Tied with B+W Kasserman in this test: http://www.lenstip.com …_Results_and_su​mmary.html (external link) and it's a better buy.

Update - Sorry. The test was for CPLs. But their NDs are good also.


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Mar 12, 2014 22:42 as a reply to  @ rgs's post |  #3

Update. Sorry DWI was for my camera accessories. Maxsaver.net was for the filters!


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Mar 12, 2014 23:45 |  #4

+1 The Filter Connection is a good place to purchase filters. (2filter.com)
Due to unfair retail markups they do not carry Hoya, but seem to have every other popular brand.
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Mar 13, 2014 08:19 |  #5

What ever happened maxsaver/hvstar?


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Mar 13, 2014 17:09 |  #6

No idea what happened to maxsaver. I read around and it seems like they weren't suppose to stock B+W filters. They were excellent tho.

I've emailed 2filter to see how much freight will be to Australia. Hopefully it's not too expensive.


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Mar 14, 2014 01:51 |  #7

While I've used 2filters.com as a source of filters for years in the past, their pricing more recently has not been as attractive/competitive as others. I did buy some B+W filters thru Maxsaver at substantial savings. Lots of rumors/debate at the time as to whether they were knockoffs or authorized distributors. Evidence points to being real product BUT definitely not an authorized distributor, allegedly sourcing B+W's thru relatives and/or a sister retail/distributor company in Asia (Hong Kong?). For a number of months they have not actually carried B+W filters although their site still lists them, although without pricing (ie not available).

B+W filter pricing is very "dynamic", ie constantly changing. Know what sizes and models you want and track pricing from Adorama, B&H, and 2filter to determine best source. Note that some sizes/models might be less at one source but different sizes/models higher....its specific! I most recently bought B+W's via Greentoe, supplied by Unique (UV) and Adorama (CPL).




  
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Mar 15, 2014 14:21 |  #8

rgs wrote in post #16754507 (external link)
http://www.2filter.com​/ (external link)

While you are there check out Marumi Super DHG. Tied with B+W Kasserman in this test: http://www.lenstip.com …_Results_and_su​mmary.html (external link) and it's a better buy.

Update - Sorry. The test was for CPLs. But their NDs are good also.

Second on this, 2filter.


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Mar 16, 2014 11:34 |  #9

The Maxsaver server is down, but this might be them (external link).


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Mar 16, 2014 12:34 |  #10

v35skyline wrote in post #16755195 (external link)
What ever happened maxsaver/hvstar?

As I recall, they were selling B+W filters that were manufactured for Eastern countries, with a different alloy ring than those sold in the West. B+W never acknowledged them as an authorized vendor.

However, 2filter is an authorized vendor. FWIW, B&H is not one!


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Mar 17, 2014 18:10 as a reply to  @ tvphotog's post |  #11

Adorama and B&H arent ideal for me, as they charge a fortunate to ship the item to Australia. Might as well get it locally.

2filter got back to me, and the shipping is $25. So by it's around $2 cheaper than locally bought. Might support my local camera stores :rolleyes:


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Mar 18, 2014 13:53 as a reply to  @ MonkeyBoxers's post |  #12

peter_n wrote in post #16762472 (external link)
The Maxsaver server is down, but this might be them (external link).

I think you're right. They use the same font/tables that I recall from the maxsaver.net site. At any rate, their prices are exactly the same as B&H (at least on B+W CPOLs) but with free intl. shipping they are a better choice for folks outside the US. They appear to carry the same nano coated B+W product with brass as B&H which is good.

These guys seem to have higher prices on B+W than B&H. What's the attraction to this seller?


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Mar 20, 2014 01:11 |  #13

peter_n wrote in post #16762472 (external link)
The Maxsaver server is down, but this might be them (external link).

I've confirmed... these guys are hvstar (formerly maxsaver.net). I asked why the prices of their nano coated B+W CPol filters where priced the same as B&H and they offered to do a direct deal through paypal (oustide ebay) for $5 less (big woop) and their email domain was hvstar.com. ;)

I think they're a great option for international buyers with their free shipping. And with pricing the same as B&H the product must be the same... Their nano coated CPol filters are advertised as brass.


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Mar 20, 2014 13:37 |  #14

I used to only buy B+W, but then discovered Marumi filters and like them a lot, great quality and middle-priced. They make great polarizers as well. You can find them at B&H or Amazon




  
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Mar 20, 2014 18:31 as a reply to  @ roman.a's post |  #15

Alright, so I might purchase it from the "Maxsaver.net" eBay store. But before I confirm, can someone explain the difference between the two MRC filter; except the f-stops.

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Both are MRC, but in the Coating description one is Multi-coated, the other is MRC Multi-Resistant Coating. What's the difference? :confused:


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