Cheap/expensive filter???

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    Why put a cheap piece of glass in front of your expensive piece of glass?

    The most expensive filter may be overkill but there are good name brands somewhehe in the middle.
     
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    £18.00 is a bit on the cheaper end, but £110 for a 67mm polarizer is overkill. Canon probably just jacks up the prices so people who want 'all genuine canon' gear will have to pay. Look for something in the middle from a reputable maker like Hoya.
     
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    hmmmm...found the Pro-1 version at Jessops for £88......so the ebay price is a good deal
     
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    Apparently jessops sells some good ones for around £30 but I've never tried them myself, so don't take my word for it.
     
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    You will find that Photography shares a few truths with other disciplines. ie Cheap is cheap. Top price is like the designer white T-Shirt which sells at £500. and is made on the same production line as the "Asda /Wall mart version for £5.00p....

    The quality USUALLY gets better as you go up the piice range.. But the most expensive is mainly mark up 'cause of the "Lable"... Stick to a good and reliable name you know. If you can, compare the products in the camera shop. If you have the money then split the available price range into four sections, 1 being the cheapest and 4 being the most expensive. MOST (But by no means all) of the best value ones will be in and around group Three.
    As you are in the U.K. you could do a lot worse than Jessops own brand. The Polorizer has had VERY good reviews against many top priced brands..
     
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    well, Canon does not produce the best filters, whatever you pay for them ... you pay for the brand.

    there are some very good producers of filters out there, with B + W being my personal favourite, but paying that much money is not always necessary. E.g. for 95% of all applications a neutral density filter does not need to be 100% neutral (meaning 100% true grey) throughout the spectrum. However, I would also not got for the very cheap ones as often you then buy serious problems such as unwanted reflections/flare in difficult light.
     
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    Because it doesn't matter. Filters are flat ground optical glass. Making flat ground optical glass is trivial for a filter manufacturer. They are all the same optically. The better ones have better rings and that's a good thing. But don't spend any time worrying about the optical performance of a filter.
     
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    coatings and reflections can be an issue where differences occur ...
     

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