D800 - best 77mm Circular Polarizer

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Valentin Hertz
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D800 - best 77mm Circular Polarizer
May 19, 2012

Can anyone recommend a top 77mm Circular Polarizer? I'm looking for very good performance and easy cleaning..I understand the nikon one is not the best...

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In reply to Valentin Hertz, May 19, 2012

Have a pair of Hoya HD 77mm Hardened Glass circular polarizers...only recommendation is don't tighten too much as they can be a pain to get off of a lens.

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I have a B+W 77 MRC CirP.. they have another one that is even more expensive (the KSM i think).. but, that was more money than i want to spend on a filter.

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Can anyone recommend a top 77mm Circular Polarizer? I'm looking for very good performance and easy cleaning..I understand the nikon one is not the best...

Thanks!

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If money is not an issue: Hoya HD (pricey) or B+H XS-Pro (very pricey).... Both are slim (less vignetting) and you can still use lens caps... I buy filters from maxsaver.net
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Rich Lanthier wrote:

If money is not an issue: Hoya HD (pricey) or B+H XS-Pro (very pricey).... Both are slim (less vignetting) and you can still use lens caps... I buy filters from maxsaver.net

And if money is really not an issue, get a Heliopan

http://www.bhphotovideo.com/c/search?srtclk=sort&ci=115&N=4277997899+4291103898+4291599900+4291413233+4294954537+4294955264

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Rich Lanthier wrote:

If money is not an issue: Hoya HD (pricey) or B+H XS-Pro (very pricey).... Both are slim (less vignetting) and you can still use lens caps... I buy filters from maxsaver.net
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Is this the one you mentioned? Also is that easy to clean? I had Hoya in teh past and it was a mess...

http://maxsaver.net/HOYA-77mm-HD-Circular-Polarizing-Digital-Filter.aspx

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OleManTx wrote:

Have a pair of Hoya HD 77mm Hardened Glass circular polarizers...only recommendation is don't tighten too much as they can be a pain to get off of a lens.

Like this one?

http://maxsaver.net/HOYA-77mm-HD-Circular-Polarizing-Digital-Filter.aspx

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I recommend any one of the CPLs by Singh-Ray.

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singh-ray lb for the z-pro... seems to be a winner... i have the 'warming' cpl and like it...

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That would be the one; never had an issue cleaning it.

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Yep, nice filter for the price. The "comparable" B+H is about 200, and the Heliopan, etc, are even more. Note that if you order from MaxSaver it does take a while for shipping as it is from Taiwan. So if you need it quickly.... No problems cleaning this new Hoya format...

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Rich Lanthier wrote:

If money is not an issue: Hoya HD (pricey) or B+H XS-Pro (very pricey).... Both are slim (less vignetting) and you can still use lens caps... I buy filters from maxsaver.net
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Is this the one you mentioned? Also is that easy to clean? I had Hoya in teh past and it was a mess...

http://maxsaver.net/HOYA-77mm-HD-Circular-Polarizing-Digital-Filter.aspx

Thanks!

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B+W (not B+H) MRC means multi-coated.
Mrc Nano Kaesemann is their top of the line weather-sealed filters.
http://www.2filter.com/prices/B+W_filters/B+WCircularPolarizers.html

I believe Marumi makes the Nikon branded filters.
http://2filter.com/marumi/marumisuperdigitalHG.html

The both did well in this test:

http://www.lenstip.com/115.4-article-Polarizing_filters_test_Results_and_summary.html
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I cannot comment on Singh Ray, but I have heard some very good things. I currently have Hoya Pro 1 and B+W as well as B+W KSM and Nikon. The are all in different sizes, so the comparison is across different lenses and not purely scientific.

However, although the B+W KSM is more expensive it produces visibly better results than the others. The other thing with the KSM is that the polarisation effect is really easy to see through viewfinder.

I would be interested to hear from others who have both KSM and Sing Ray.

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If anyone can also comment about MRC vs no MRC in B+W's line, I would be grateful. Does MRC only helps out against scratches / water resistance? Or does it also have an impact on image quality?
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Valentin Hertz wrote:

I understand the nikon one is not the best...

Why do you think Nikon Series II is not one of the best?

It has Nikon's best multi coating - and (poking fun at one reply) was in production before Marumi existed.
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Carl Zeiss T* POL Filter (circular) 77mm

Easily obtained in the UK and Europe, or direct from Carl Zeiss in Germany, but not sure what happens in the USA
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Outdoor Photographer magazine just had an article on circular polarizers that you might want to look at before you purchase one. Look here:

http://www.outdoorphotographer.com/gear/more-gear/gadget-bag/anatomy-of-the-polarizer.html

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Valentin Hertz
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Photophanatic wrote:

Outdoor Photographer magazine just had an article on circular polarizers that you might want to look at before you purchase one. Look here:

http://www.outdoorphotographer.com/gear/more-gear/gadget-bag/anatomy-of-the-polarizer.html

Thank you but not that article is not that great. It's like someone will tell you the first 2 dslr vendors are canon and nikon...

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