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Marumi Super DHG Slim Circular Polarizer

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100% of reviewers $64.85 9.75
Marumi Super DHG Slim Circular Polarizer

6-layer multi-coated, water and oil repellent
slim, 5mm frame, rear and front threads
black glass edges to reduce flare
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Registered: September, 2013
Location: Texas
Posts: 489
Review Date: July 16, 2016 I can recommend this item: Yes | Price: $105.00 | Rating: 10 

Pros: Excellent optical quality with virtually no glare/flare
Cons: The slim filter can easily get stuck on the lens.

This is the best polarizer I have yet to use. Virtually no glare/flare, virtually no color shift. The overall excellent coatings mean there is little image degradation due to use. I bought the 77mm size and use step up rings to use this on all my other lenses. Mechanically, the rotation mechanism is precise with no looseness, which is a frequent issue with cheaper units. Just as twokaymew already said, The slim filter can easily get stuck on the lens. It kept happening to me and I had to buy filter wrenches to reliably remove once installed.

One thing to keep in mind is that some of the color shift seen when using a CPL is that the light that is cancelled can actually have a different color (because it is coming from a different light source) than the other incident light. Sometimes what looks like color shift is not a fault of the filter.

If you take a pair of cpl's and use them at maximum effect to pass the minimum light through (at fixed color K), and shoot a photo of a white wall, it can help inform the user about the color shift inherent to the filter. (when compared to no filters.)

Heartily recommended. This is an excellent filter.

Registered: September, 2010
Location: MD
Posts: 935
Review Date: July 2, 2013 I can recommend this item: Yes | Price: $55.00 | Rating: 9 

Pros: Slim, quality build, miminal detail loss
Cons: 1+ steps slow

I'm using a 62mm Marumi Super DHG CPL w/ a K-30 and DA 18-135 lens.
This pic compares it to a shot w/ no CPL in order to check loss of detail. As you can see, there is a minimal loss but a slight shift in color. You will also note that there is about a full step loss of light.

In this next picture, I'm trying to highlight it's ability to reduce glare/reflection. The pic doesn't do justice to the excellent job it does.

Finally, by way of comparison, here are 3 shots: No CPL, the Marumi Super DHG, and a Vivitar Series 1. The Vivitar really is not bad, but you can see here that the Marumi does an excellent job in preserving detail in comparison to it.

Overall, I am very happy with this filter. It definitely is worth using, even with the slight loss of detail. The build is good. It's easy to clean. It's slim, and I am not having vignetting issues with it. It can be a bit tricky to remove, but I have always been able to remove it by hand.

Registered: September, 2010
Location: Somewhere in the Southern US
Posts: 12,243

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Review Date: January 2, 2012 I can recommend this item: Yes | Price: $61.00 | Rating: 10 

Pros: Excellent light transmission, inexpensive, quality construction
Cons: very slim and sometimes tough to remove

$61 is the price for the 77mm version of this filter.

I'm a fan of LensTip.Com's approach to reviewing filters, and other equipment, and looked to their review when I needed a 72mm CPL for my 10-24mm lens. They rated this lens #1 out of 29 lenses reviewed. This filer, the DHG model, is equipped with improved antireflection coatings and the glass edges are blackened to avoid internal reflections. They reported that the light transmission curve is flat and that the polarizer becomes transparent in infrared. The extinction coefficient of about 4/10000 is a quite good result for a foil polarizer. The Marumi DHG Super is significantly less expensive than the equivalent Heliopan and B+W products, and was higher in the rankings.
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Registered: January, 2010
Location: Lansing, MI
Posts: 509

2 users found this helpful
Review Date: August 2, 2010 I can recommend this item: Yes | Price: $38.38 | Rating: 10 

Pros: nice glass, well made
Cons: slim frame can get stuck

This is a very nice filter (49mm). The glass is flawless, and the frame threads easily onto my lenses. Very nice color/contrast. The slim filter can easily get stuck on the lens though, so it's good to have a rubber band available for getting a better grip.
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