Best CPL filter !!

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Mmwei
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Best CPL filter !!
Mar 30, 2013

Hi, Any pro could introduce a best CPL filter for my pana 12-35 lens. I just bought a heliopan slim ES 58 Cpl but it doesn't fit the cap on it, so i decided to return it so i don't know which one should i choose for.

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Mmwei wrote:

Hi, Any pro could introduce a best CPL filter for my pana 12-35 lens. I just bought a heliopan slim ES 58 Cpl but it doesn't fit the cap on it, so i decided to return it so i don't know which one should i choose for.

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Mm

Please further define the meaning of "best".

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Take a look at this test:

Lenstip CPL test

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If you got a slim filter to avoid vignetting, it won't have threads for the lens cap if that's what you mean.

If you don't think it will vignette at 12mm, just get a CPL with filter threads on it.

Normally, I would only add the CPL when I needed it, so I wouldn't care if it had the threads or not.

I'd be asking if a standard 58mm CPL would vignette on the 12-35. If they do, then you have to use the type you just sent back.

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try the folks at www.2filter.com   they have extensive knowledge in this area and have always provided great service.

I'm not affiliated, just a many times customer.

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If you got a slim filter to avoid vignetting, it won't have threads for the lens cap if that's what you mean.

If you don't think it will vignette at 12mm, just get a CPL with filter threads on it.

Normally, I would only add the CPL when I needed it, so I wouldn't care if it had the threads or not.

I'd be asking if a standard 58mm CPL would vignette on the 12-35. If they do, then you have to use the type you just sent back.

Once lens has a AF surrounding motor, I would not be concerned about vignetting.

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In reply to BBbuilder467, Mar 30, 2013

If you got a slim filter to avoid vignetting, it won't have threads for the lens cap if that's what you mean.

If you don't think it will vignette at 12mm, just get a CPL with filter threads on it.

Normally, I would only add the CPL when I needed it, so I wouldn't care if it had the threads or not.

I'd be asking if a standard 58mm CPL would vignette on the 12-35. If they do, then you have to use the type you just sent back.

Hi Bbuilder i don't really know what does vignette mean, i think that is some flare , am i right? Could you tell me more about it.

Thank you very much
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In reply to Mmwei, Mar 30, 2013

With some wide angle lenses, there can be a shadow or dark ring visible if the filter ring is too thick. That's the main reason for the slim mounting rings.

A CPL is thicker than a standard ND or UV filter, so the slim mounting ring is a way to avoid the vignetting.

If you can stack 2 filters without the shadow/vignetting, you should be ok with a standard type with threads on both front and rear.

It sounded like you got a slim filter with no front threads, so the lens cap won't grip it.

Most of the premium grade CPL's are the slim mounts to avoid the vignette/shadow/tunnel with a wide angle lens. I normally wouldn't "stack" a filter on top of a CPL, so I wouldn't need the outer threads. On some lenses, the filter with the front threads would act like a tiny lens hood. The camera could "see" the ring.

Someone using the 12-35 should know if a standard type mounting ring CPL works ok with that lens. If they can stack 2 filters without the vignetting, then it should work.

You "probably" don't need the slim mount, but I don't have that lens  to compare.

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With some wide angle lenses, there can be a shadow or dark ring visible if the filter ring is too thick. That's the main reason for the slim mounting rings.

A CPL is thicker than a standard ND or UV filter, so the slim mounting ring is a way to avoid the vignetting.

If you can stack 2 filters without the shadow/vignetting, you should be ok with a standard type with threads on both front and rear.

It sounded like you got a slim filter with no front threads, so the lens cap won't grip it.

Most of the premium grade CPL's are the slim mounts to avoid the vignette/shadow/tunnel with a wide angle lens. I normally wouldn't "stack" a filter on top of a CPL, so I wouldn't need the outer threads. On some lenses, the filter with the front threads would act like a tiny lens hood. The camera could "see" the ring.

Someone using the 12-35 should know if a standard type mounting ring CPL works ok with that lens. If they can stack 2 filters without the vignetting, then it should work.

You "probably" don't need the slim mount, but I don't have that lens  to compare.

Hi Bbuilder thank you for your very helpful info. Just like you mentioned i may not need a slim MT cpl because i've never seen the dark ring available.

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Mm

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Thank you all to give me the very helpful info .

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In reply to Mmwei, Mar 30, 2013

For me the very best is B+W Käsemann Pol Filter MRC Xs-Pro Nano

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In reply to jcr4486, Apr 1, 2013

For me the very best is B+W Käsemann Pol Filter MRC Xs-Pro Nano

Thank you Jcr i 'm going to the camera store to try it next week, good info.

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