Adorama filters(circular polarizing)

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  1. SwiftTone

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    I'm looking into buying a Circular Polarizing filter. However, they are REALLy pricey on my budget right now. I was surfing Adorama and came upon their brand of circular polarizing filters, which were more in my range. I searched the forum, but can't seem to find anyone's opinions on these.

    Has anyone used any of Adorama's filters? If so, how good of a quality are they?

    I am looking specifically at this one: 72CPL1 Adorama 72mm Circular Polarizer Glass Filter

    Thanks in advance
     
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    I would be asking Adorama who makes the filter for them. That one doesn't look to be multi-coated.

    They cost less for a reason, but if that is what you can afford and you can't/won't take the time to save for a higher quality CPL, buy that one.

    Have you checked Adorama or B&H photo video's used stores for higher quality, known brand, used CPL filters?
     
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    I went out and got a Tiffen CPL for $55 and it works just fine. The only problem is that you lose something like 2-1/3 stops worth of light. I don't know if more expensive ones are better about that.
     
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    We will have a line of pro optic UV and Circular Pola filters in soon -
    expected date of delivery is July 15
     
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    This is hardly the place to skimp. Polarizers are expensive; get the best, not the cheapest.
     
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    Do you have a ball park figure of the price?

    I just got off the phone with Adorama actually...call went like this:

    Me: Hi, I'm wondering who manufactures your Adorama branded CPL filters
    Rep: O, you're better off getting the Tiffen. I'll give you buy one get one free for $60(?)so you'll have CPL and UV(same sales pitch they gave me last time)
    Me: Are they multicoated?
    Rep: If you want multi coated, get the B+W, they're $130.
    Me: thats a bit out of my range.
    Rep: How about 4 Tiffen filters for $90.
    Me: I'll have to get back to you on that. I wanna do some research
    Rep(sounding annoyed): sir, what was the reason you called?
    Me: I wanted to know who manufactures your Adorama filters
    Rep: They're made by Tiffen(wtf??). Should I put in the order for you?
    Me: (annoyed) I'll get back to you.
    Rep: whatever (hangs up on me)

    So, who REALLLY makes Adorama filters? hmmmm
     
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    Yo momma makes Adorama.

    Wait, that kinda failed ... sorry. Just thought it rhymed.
     
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    Ya well, I don't have the dough for $130 filters. I'm looking for the balance between cost and quality
     
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    If I could recommend something though, if you have a quality lens, I wouldn't go for "balance price/performance" filter. Having expensive glass and putting a cheapo filter up front will just kill it for you. If you don't have the money now, save up until you do but don't blow it on cheap stuff.

    If you don't have quality lens then you shouldn't be getting filters at all, because when eventually you upgrade your lens, your filter size might be different so it will be a waste. Plus bad filter on a bad lens is even worse.

    I'd just save up and get quality stuff. What you use on the front of your cam really does make a difference.
     
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    Then get nothing. It's a waste of money otherwise.
     
  11. JG_Coleman

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    C'mon now guys... affordable CPLs aren't THAT bad! I started out with a Sunpak CPL... that's right, Best Buy's $20 polarizer. I'll admit, it isn't as good as the nicer ones I've used since, but the results were more than acceptable. There was no outrageous lens flare, no fringing or other abberations. There was barely any discernable decrease in contrast.

    SwiftTone... in all honesty, an affordable polarizer will work just fine until you can upgrade to a more expensive model. The guys here mean well by trying to steer you towards the higher quality filters. The primary problem is that from the $50 range and up, the tangible gains for every extra $10 begin to drop off. Given the funds, I would definitely agree that CPLs are no piece of equipment to skimp on. But if you're faced with the choice of either buying an affordable CPL or going without one... definitely opt to own one over having glare-ridden, unsaturated photographs.

    The cheaper filters are cheaper for a reason... make no mistake. But they are still polarizing... they are still ordinary two-part circular filters... and they thus fulfill the prime objectives gained by any polarizer.
     
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    PRO49UV PRO OPTIC PRO 49MM MC UV DIGITAL FILTER 13.35 1
    PRO52UV PRO OPTIC PRO 52MM MC UV DIGITAL FILTER 14.35 2
    PRO55UV PRO OPTIC PRO 55MM MC UV DIGITAL FILTER 14.35 3
    PRO58UV PRO OPTIC PRO 58MM MC UV DIGITAL FILTER 18.25 4
    PRO62UV PRO OPTIC PRO 62MM MC UV DIGITAL FILTER 18.25 5
    PRO67UV PRO OPTIC PRO 67MM MC UV DIGITAL FILTER 18.25 6
    PRO72UV PRO OPTIC PRO 72MM MC UV DIGITAL FILTER 19.95 7
    PRO77UV PRO OPTIC PRO 77MM MC UV DIGITAL FILTER 24.95 8

    PRO52CPL PRO OPTIC PRO 52MM CPL DIGITAL FILTR 29.95 1
    PRO55CPL PRO OPTIC PRO 55MM CPL DIGITAL FILTR 31.95 2
    PRO58CPL PRO OPTIC PRO 58MM CPL DIGITAL FILTR 34.95 3
    PRO62CPL PRO OPTIC PRO 62MM CPL DIGITAL FILTR 39.95 4
    PRO67CPL PRO OPTIC PRO 67MM MC CPL DIGITAL FILTR 44.95 5
    PRO72CPL PRO OPTIC PRO 72MM CPL DIGITAL FILTR 49.95 6
    PRO77CPL PRO OPTIC PRO 77MM CPL DIGITAL FILTR 54.95 7



    My sincere apologies for the strange response by our representative on the 'phone; if you could email me with the date and time of your call (ET) and the number you called from I'd like to listen to the tapes and find out who you spoke to.

    With regard to the manufacturer of our house brand, this is manufacturer sensitive information, and in fact the rep you spoke to will not have known! So why he told you Tiffen, is astonishing....:er: I CAN tell you that all filters are made in Japan - not in China.

    Sounds like we have a training issue, which I need to ensure his manager is aware of.
     
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