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82mm CPL that won't break (the bank)
« on: August 24, 2012, 04:14:54 AM »
Hey guys, I have a 16-35 II, which as you probably know comes with a rather large 82mm filter thread as opposed to the "standard" 77mm for other L glass.

This is a problem for me as all this is my first 82mm-threaded lens and so consequently will have to purchase a whole set of new filters. I already have a HOYA Protector filter, but am yearning for those deep blue skies and (slightly) higher contrast.

Does anyone have recommendations for CPL's of this size with a reasonable price:quality ratio (i.e. won't break the bank but will not restrict the qualities of L glass)?

Thanks in advance!
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82mm CPL that won't break (the bank)
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Re: 82mm CPL that won't break (the bank)
« Reply #1 on: August 24, 2012, 06:38:12 AM »
Depends on your bank.   ::)

I use a B+W Käsemann CPL, it's excellent although mainly I use it on my TS-E 24L II, less frequently on my 16-35L II.  Do be aware that if you're using it on FF, in much of the wider part of the 16-35's zoom range, those deep blue skies you yearn for will not be evenly deep blue.  At wide angles (starting at ~24mm on FF), a CPL will produce uneven polarization (banding in the sky). 
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Re: 82mm CPL that won't break (the bank)
« Reply #2 on: August 24, 2012, 07:28:10 AM »
Depends on your bank.   ::)

I use a B+W Käsemann CPL, it's excellent although mainly I use it on my TS-E 24L II, less frequently on my 16-35L II.  Do be aware that if you're using it on FF, in much of the wider part of the 16-35's zoom range, those deep blue skies you yearn for will not be evenly deep blue.  At wide angles (starting at ~24mm on FF), a CPL will produce uneven polarization (banding in the sky).

Thanks Neuro for the advice. I almost fell off my chair after seeing the Käsemann´s price though... $225 is pretty steep for a (albeit good quality) filter IMO. BTW, I am using the 16-35 on 7D, so i believe the banding you describe will not affect me as much.

Any other suggestions for quality CPL under 150 or so?
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Re: 82mm CPL that won't break (the bank)
« Reply #3 on: August 24, 2012, 08:02:39 AM »
No, you shouldn't have any issues with banding.  I'd look at the B+W Slim (not Käsemann, not MRC, just plain), $90 at B&H, or the Hoya HD ($135 but not in stock at B&H).  But, do keep in mind that putting a low quality filter in front of a high-quality lens defeats the purpose of getting a high-quality lens...
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Re: 82mm CPL that won't break (the bank)
« Reply #4 on: August 24, 2012, 09:05:24 AM »
I'd look into the Marumi CPLs.  They got the #1 spot in the Lenstip CPL roundup and the 82mm filter goes for <$90 on Amazon.
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Re: 82mm CPL that won't break (the bank)
« Reply #5 on: August 24, 2012, 11:04:01 AM »
@Neuro Oh of course not, there is a reason why i've saved up for so long for this chunk of L glass. The 17-55 just wasn't cutting it anymore in contrast, color and build quality. I will definitely try to avoid losing IQ, but the problem is that $225 just does not make financial sense to me at this point in time ;-(  Thanks Neuro.

@raptor Thats an awesome article on Lenstip.com, thanks for pointing it out. That Marumi looks like a great choice.



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