Polarizing Filter Suggestions?

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ghost60
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Polarizing Filter Suggestions?
Jul 18, 2011

I just purchased a 60D, an upgrade from the old Rebel XT I owned (which is for sale if anyone is interested). I would like to buy a polarizing filter, but don't know which one off of Amazon I should buy. I'm a beginner photographer, so this is all new stuff for me.

I have a Canon EF-S 18-135mm f/3.5-5.6 IS UD lens right now. Would the following filter be overkill?

http://www.amazon.com/72mm-Circular-Polarizer-Slim-Filter/dp/B0000BZL8Y/ref=pd_rhf_p_t_2

What do you guys think I should aim for?

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ghost60 wrote:

I just purchased a 60D, an upgrade from the old Rebel XT I owned (which is for sale if anyone is interested). I would like to buy a polarizing filter, but don't know which one off of Amazon I should buy. I'm a beginner photographer, so this is all new stuff for me.

I have a Canon EF-S 18-135mm f/3.5-5.6 IS UD lens right now. Would the following filter be overkill?

http://www.amazon.com/72mm-Circular-Polarizer-Slim-Filter/dp/B0000BZL8Y/ref=pd_rhf_p_t_2

What do you guys think I should aim for?

Not "overkill" at all. You should get the best you can afford.

WRT this particular filter, B+W is a very good maker, good glass, filter material and brass mount, but this model does not appear to have B+W's MRC ("Multi-Resistant Coating") multicoataing. I think multicoating is a must.

Among multicoateds, B+W MRC, Hoya HD or Pro1 Digital, Tiffen Digital HT, Heliopan SH-PMC circular polarizers are significantly more expensive. I don't have 1st hand experience, but have read many postive reviews of the economical Marumi Super DHG multicoateds.

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In reply to ghost60, Jul 21, 2011

I also believe that a good quality (B+W) Multicoated filter is the way to go. I purchased their circular polarizer and have been very happy with the quality. However, some time ago I also purchased a less expensive Linear polarizer to experiment with stacking polarizers for variable density effect. When using the Linear polarizer alone, I can see no degredation in camera operation (metering or auto focus) so I have come to believe that the Circular polarizers are being oversold and really aren't necessary. Between the two types, I now have enough filters to keep one on each of my lenses. I seldom remove then except for low light situations.

Something else to keep in mind. The "slim" filters often don't have front threads which allow stacking filters or attaching a threaded hood. The slim style isn't really needed except with to prevent vignetting with extreme wide angle lenses. I have had no trouble with the standard thickness filters on my efs 10-22 mm at the widest angle on 20D 1.6 crop sensor. Any slight trace of vignetting could easily be corrected in Photoshop.
Here is an image with NO post processing vignette correction.

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In reply to ghost60, Jul 21, 2011

Good polarizing filters are expensive. You really want a multi-coated filter. It does not look like this filter is multi-coated. Also, this is one of the B+W slim filters that does not have front threads. While you many never want to stack filters (I never have), the front threads are what hold your lens cap on. You may have trouble with your lens cap falling off with this filter.

I would get a multi-coated filter that has front threads. I do not think you need a slim filter with that lens.

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In reply to ghost60, Jul 21, 2011

I use B+W MRC [ KSM is a little better weather-wise ]

YOU don't want or need the slim version . The regular one has threads for the lens cap and you can use a rubber hood - easier to adjust CPL .
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In reply to tonyjr, Jul 21, 2011

Something else you may want to think about. Consider the largest mm lens you may use some day. Buy the filter to fit that. Mine is 77mm. You can buy step up rings wich are fairly cheap, so you can use the same filter on smaller lens.

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In reply to Dennis, Jul 22, 2011

I purchased a bargain filter from a big box to save money. Ha Ha. The threads are very poor quality and the filter is becoming progressively more difficult to install and remove. Optical quality is not the only issue to consider.

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In reply to ghost60, Jul 22, 2011

Take a look at the Marumi, as per a previous poster.

http://www.2filter.com/marumi/marumisuperdigitalHG.html

I used B+W for years - great reputation, but expensive. Then I dropped my new 24-105, and the filter took the damage. I looked to economize on the replacement and found the Marumi's. Figured I'd try them.

The specs and reviews are great, as is the price. Strong aluminum(?) frame seems like it would offer the same protection to the lens when it's on s the B+W did (I only use a filter when needed though, not for impact protection's sake)

Two Added Bonuses:

1) So much easier to swivel the front element compared to B+W. I can leave my 24-105 hard lens hood on, stick a finger inside (along the edge of the hood) and easily swivel the cp with one finger. No way could I ever do that with the B+W's. I do the same with the 10-22 lens and hood (without vignetting from my slim cp)

2) The Marumi slim will hold your lens cap just fine with its front threads! I always go for the slim cp's, to allow for wide angle lenses.

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In reply to PeterK, Jul 22, 2011

I second the Marumi Super DHG CPL. I have one for my 17-55 and 100-400 and one for my 70-200L f4 IS. Both have performed excellently and no complaints. IIRC they were about 1/2 the price of the best B+W.

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In reply to rickpoole, Jul 23, 2011

Some of the least expensive filters test out to be the best. Check out this test sight. You might save some moner and get a better filter.

http://lenstip.com/115.4-article-Polarizing_filters_test_Results_and_summary.html
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