Luminesque Filters

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Rich Rosen Senior Member • Posts: 1,951
Luminesque Filters

I purchased the 24-120 f4, and just received it. B&H is selling the lens with two filters, essentially give aways. The UV is going to sit in my camera junk pile, but I also got a cir polarizer, Luminesque. I am not familiar with the name at all. The interesting thing is that both filters n have narrow barrels, I guess designed for wide angle lenses. I have several lenses that could benefit from such a filter. I'm going to try the polarizer out, but I'm wondering if anybody has had experience with this brand? I am a B+W user. They also make a narrow filter for wide angle lenses, but they are a hell of a lot more expensive than free. Anybody with experience with this brand filter?

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Dennis Forum Pro • Posts: 16,387
Re: Luminesque Filters

Rich Rosen wrote:

I purchased the 24-120 f4, and just received it. B&H is selling the lens with two filters, essentially give aways. The UV is going to sit in my camera junk pile, but I also got a cir polarizer, Luminesque. I am not familiar with the name at all. The interesting thing is that both filters n have narrow barrels, I guess designed for wide angle lenses. I have several lenses that could benefit from such a filter. I'm going to try the polarizer out, but I'm wondering if anybody has had experience with this brand? I am a B+W user. They also make a narrow filter for wide angle lenses, but they are a hell of a lot more expensive than free. Anybody with experience with this brand filter?

I think I read somewhere 98.something % light transmission which is decent if not as good as the best MC filters.  They get good reviews on B&H (usually phrased in context: excellent for free !)  They apparently can't be purchased separately from a lens.  I got 67mm filters with my 85/1.8G (a surprise; I don't recall them being listed when I ordered the lens).  They may come in handy - the UV if I need to shoot near the sea shore and the CPL if I find that my B+W vignettes on the 16-80.

- Dennis

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87350iroc Junior Member • Posts: 43
Re: Luminesque Filters

I would definitely do some testing before you use the polarizer. Mine seems to have added an astigmatism to photos. I noticed this on some car photos. D600

80-200 @ 200mm @ f4.0, tripod, MLU - without polarizer - 100% crop

80-200 @ 200mm @ f4.0, tripod, MLU - with polarizer - 100% crop

The effect got worse with larger aperture. I did not test the UV.

John

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Dennis Forum Pro • Posts: 16,387
Re: Luminesque Filters

Thanks John ... that's pretty bad !  Makes sense though, when a good 67mm CPL runs $50-100 that something they throw in for free is going to be worth every penny

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madecov
madecov Veteran Member • Posts: 3,368
Re: Luminesque Filters

I also received the 2 filter kit with lens purchase. The box claims Schott glass. I'll hang on too them as emergency use but I'm not putting much faith in the quality as a free filter.

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