circular polarizer brands?

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  1. thereforeiamx

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    Before I infest $100+ in a 77mm thin circular polarizer, which brand(s) would you recommend? I've mostly been looking into Hoya and B+W. but I hear sometimes that B+W supposedly makes their filters out of better glass/grades?

    What's your take on this?
     
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    I use B&W
     
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    B+W from what I have seen make a single line of top quality filters - Hoya make a range which goes from cheaper models all the way up to top line filters. Their bottom range are not too poor, but clearly not as good as their top range.
    So B+W offer top range only whilst Hoya give some budget line options.
     
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    with the pains of not having a front thread, how would i protect the filter with it being on the camera? from what i hear from users, the plastic cap they supply does not hold well.
     
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    hmm is this for B+W only my Cirpol from Hoya has a front thread and mylens cap easily fits onto it without problems. Are you sure that it has no front thread

    Also I don't know how well filters stack with each other - I think you can get lens flare problems if you start stacking them.
     
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    i'm simply worried about filter protection, not so much stacking since i'll rarely be doing any of it on a 10-20mm lens. :)

    of course the Kaeseman filters would have top of the line quality. you're paying that much for them. i was looking into these since my budget is limited:

    http://www.bhphotovideo.com/c/product/133012-REG/B_W_65016930_77_mm_Circular_Polarizer.html

    http://www.bhphotovideo.com/c/product/133003-REG/B_W_66026598_77_mm_Circular_Polarizer.html

    but wasn't sure if they were any different than Hoya filters in terms of grade.
     
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    looking more at their range the two you are looking at there are the slimline versions - they make regular version in those grades which appear to have normal front threads and are a little cheaper as well. Glass quality I assume remains the same - simply that the slimline are thinner.
     
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    B+W do indeed make two lines. They are both good, but the MC (Multi-coated) line adds extra coatings to even further reduce flare, CA, etc. They're pricey, but IMO, worth it.
     
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    Before you invest alot in a CP for your 10-20, you should be aware that polarizers can act weird with ultrawide angle lenses. This is because the natural polarization of sunlight changes over the field-of-view of the lens. I have one for my 10-20, but find that I rarely use it. You also need to remember that you need a thin style filter (often more expensive) or you will get vignetting with the wide angle lens.

    http://www.luminous-landscape.com/tutorials/polarizers.shtml
     

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