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Circular polarizer for the 16-35
« on: February 25, 2013, 09:06:41 PM »
I'm looking to purchase a B+W circular polarizer for my new 16-35 lens. Does anyone know if this particular one shows vignetting at the wide end?

http://www.bhphotovideo.com/c/product/10890-REG/B_W_66_016117_82mm_Kaeseman_Circular_Polarizing.html

Also, how bad is the banding? Is it better not to use one, or do the benefits outweigh the banding problems?

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Circular polarizer for the 16-35
« on: February 25, 2013, 09:06:41 PM »

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Re: Circular polarizer for the 16-35
« Reply #1 on: February 25, 2013, 09:14:38 PM »
That one (standard mount for CPL, which is ~7mm thick) will cause a slight increase in optical vignetting (<1 stop wide open).  You'd be better off with the Slim or XS-Pro mount. 

There will be banding on blue skies at wider than 24mm (assuming you're using it on a FF camera), but it's great for waterfalls, increasing saturation in foliage shots, etc.
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Re: Circular polarizer for the 16-35
« Reply #2 on: February 25, 2013, 09:20:32 PM »
I've got it, do you want to buy it?

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Re: Circular polarizer for the 16-35
« Reply #3 on: February 25, 2013, 09:53:48 PM »
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That one (standard mount for CPL, which is ~7mm thick) will cause a slight increase in optical vignetting (<1 stop wide open).  You'd be better off with the Slim or XS-Pro mount. 

There will be banding on blue skies at wider than 24mm (assuming you're using it on a FF camera), but it's great for waterfalls, increasing saturation in foliage shots, etc.

Thanks neuro.

Yes, I'd be using it on a full-frame camera (forgot to mention). I was trying to avoid the slim mount because of the flimsy filter cover. I have already used one of those on a 10-22 in the past and was not particularly fond of it. Does the XS-Pro mount have filter threads that would accommodate a lens cap?
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Re: Circular polarizer for the 16-35
« Reply #4 on: February 25, 2013, 10:01:07 PM »
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I've got it, do you want to buy it?

I mostly bought the 16-35 for low light situations - indoor and out, so I'm thinking about forgoing a polarizer for that lens altogether. (Man they're expensive!) I also have the 17-40, and have the corresponding 77mm polarizer, so for landscapes, I may continue to use that lens where f4 is generally fine.

At some point, I'll get the 24-70 II, so I'll have to revisit the 82mm polarizer again.

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Re: Circular polarizer for the 16-35
« Reply #5 on: February 25, 2013, 10:17:39 PM »
Yes, the XS-Pro has front threads.  I have the Slim, I don't use the cap but then I only put the CPL on during active use, and take it off before putting the lens away.  I normally keep an XS-Pro MRC UV filter on it (needed to complete the weather/dust seal). 
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Re: Circular polarizer for the 16-35
« Reply #6 on: February 25, 2013, 10:45:10 PM »
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Yes, the XS-Pro has front threads.  I have the Slim, I don't use the cap but then I only put the CPL on during active use, and take it off before putting the lens away.  I normally keep an XS-Pro MRC UV filter on it (needed to complete the weather/dust seal).

Thanks again neuro. I thought about that as well, i.e. not really needing a cap for the CPL since it wouldn't be on all the time. Still, it would be a nice option to have as I can see myself carrying around that configuration for several hours at a time.

I just placed an order for the XS-Pro MRC UV filter. Thanks.

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Re: Circular polarizer for the 16-35
« Reply #6 on: February 25, 2013, 10:45:10 PM »