Fujiyama vs. Soligor vs. Marumi filters

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DimensionSeven
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Fujiyama vs. Soligor vs. Marumi filters
May 31, 2010

I've recently stumbled upon this nice review comparing circular polarisers: http://lenstip.com/115.1-article-Polarizing_filters_test.html

One question that came to my mind: the econo winner, the Fujiyama Digital DHG Circular P.L.D. looks hauntingly similar (same looks, same triangle, same typography) to the slim Soligor DHG circ. pol. filters I'm using currently. Is this a coincidence or are these the same Marumi products distributed under different brand names in different regions? Would be cool, 'cause the price of the B+W Kaesemanns are huge.

Thanks for your input!

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DimensionSeven wrote:

... the econo winner, the Fujiyama Digital DHG Circular P.L.D. looks hauntingly similar (same looks, same triangle, same typography) to the slim Soligor DHG circ. pol. filters I'm using currently. Is this a coincidence or are these the same Marumi products distributed under different brand names in different regions?

I just did a quick Google search for "soligor marumi" to find pages which mentioned both names and the answer seems to be yes.

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DimensionSeven wrote:

I've recently stumbled upon this nice review comparing circular polarisers: http://lenstip.com/115.1-article-Polarizing_filters_test.html

One question that came to my mind: the econo winner, the Fujiyama Digital DHG Circular P.L.D. looks hauntingly similar (same looks, same triangle, same typography) to the slim Soligor DHG circ. pol. filters I'm using currently. Is this a coincidence or are these the same Marumi products distributed under different brand names in different regions? Would be cool, 'cause the price of the B+W Kaesemanns are huge.

Thanks for your input!

well soligor sure looks like a company that buys other products and puts their sticker on it:
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Soligor

and according to the lenstip test, fujiyama belongs to Marumi
and the filter tests looks very very similar:
http://www.lenstip.com/115.1-article-Polarizing_filters_test.html

so, indeed, could be pretty much the same thing.

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In reply to DimensionSeven, Jun 1, 2010

Marumi sells most of its filters under other labels, so your guess as to sourcing of these products may be correct. However that doesn't mean that the top rated Marumi Super DHG CP is equivalent to the Fujiyama, and it obviously isn't based upon the test results. Fujiyama filters all scored in the bottom half. Marumi also has at least 3 grades of CP, including the modestly priced DHG line. In the US, one supplier of Marumi is 2filter.com and a 77mm DHG CP is $69.

did you realize that the lens tip review has a supplement that covers additional filters including the popular Hoya HD (which came in 6th) ?

http://lenstip.com/119.1-article-Polarizing_filters_test_-_supplement.html

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I found Hoyas quite difficult to clean, therefore they are not an option.

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DimensionSeven wrote:

I found Hoyas quite difficult to clean, therefore they are not an option.

The Hoya HD which Mike K mentioned is different and has an easy-to-clean coating.

Much more expensive than Marumi though.

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