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12-21-2015, 06:01 PM   #1
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AFGA CPL filter

AFGA the now semi-defunct film and paper manufacturer is selling Circular Polarizer filters for the outrageous price of $6.99 on Amazon ! Now you must be saying to yourself "I would not put a $6.99 filter on my "Limited" lenses, no way ! You may be right, but I was just looking for some CPL filters to use occasionally when I need them to knock-out the reflections coming from reflective surfaces.


Most of my Pentax lenses do a good job of darkening the sky so that's not why I purchased them. At that price I can have one for each lens without having to switch back and forth. I purchased three of them and so far they don't seem to affect picture quality, but don't quote me on this. I haven't really tested them yet. In any case, I wouldn't screw them on too tight.


A few years ago I purchased a couple of really expensive CPL's that set me back financially and how many times did I use them ? 2 or 3 times per year. As a matter of fact, they are still sitting on the shelf collecting dust. I looked at some moderately priced Hoya filters and they go for $30 and up, but after my experience with the more expensive filters, that can wait and I'm in no hurry...


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QuoteOriginally posted by hjoseph7 Quote
AFGA the now semi-defunct film and paper manufacturer is selling Circular Polarizer filters for the outrageous price of $6.99 on Amazon ! Now you must be saying to yourself "I would not put a $6.99 filter on my "Limited" lenses, no way ! You may be right, but I was just looking for some CPL filters to use occasionally when I need them to knock-out the reflections coming from reflective surfaces.


Most of my Pentax lenses do a good job of darkening the sky so that's not why I purchased them. At that price I can have one for each lens without having to switch back and forth. I purchased three of them and so far they don't seem to affect picture quality, but don't quote me on this. I haven't really tested them yet. In any case I wouldn't screw them on too tight.


A few years ago I purchased a couple of really expensive CPL's that set me back financially and how many times did I use them ? 2 or 3 times per year. As a matter of fact they are still sitting on the shelf collecting dust. I looked at some moderately priced Hoya filters and they go for $30 and up, but after my experience with the more expensive filters that can wait and I'm in no hurry...
I believe you made an excellent decision to buy AGFA. They made excellent film, paper and filters. I do have acquaintances in Germany and they inform me that AGFA has pretty much pulled the plug and are gone. I have many AGFA filters and they are of excellent quality.

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The Agfa filters, hoods, etc you see on Amazon are not your father's Agfa. It's merely a name licensed to whomever.
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just like polaroid and a variety of other defunct manufacturers, the company names ended up getting sold off and used to sell low quality crap.

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You always hope that it could be like the Schneider SLR lenses made by Pentax, but $6.99 for CPL makes you wonder. If you buy a few, test each one to see if it lowers lens sharpness. Sometimes lower price means less quality control.
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QuoteOriginally posted by hjoseph7 Quote
AFGA the now semi-defunct film and paper manufacturer is selling Circular Polarizer filters for the outrageous price of $6.99 on Amazon ! Now you must be saying to yourself "I would not put a $6.99 filter on my "Limited" lenses, no way ! You may be right, but I was just looking for some CPL filters to use occasionally when I need them to knock-out the reflections coming from reflective surfaces.


Most of my Pentax lenses do a good job of darkening the sky so that's not why I purchased them. At that price I can have one for each lens without having to switch back and forth. I purchased three of them and so far they don't seem to affect picture quality, but don't quote me on this. I haven't really tested them yet. In any case, I wouldn't screw them on too tight.


A few years ago I purchased a couple of really expensive CPL's that set me back financially and how many times did I use them ? 2 or 3 times per year. As a matter of fact, they are still sitting on the shelf collecting dust. I looked at some moderately priced Hoya filters and they go for $30 and up, but after my experience with the more expensive filters, that can wait and I'm in no hurry...
Does the glass have a single layer of anti-reflective coating much less multi-coating to improve light transmission?
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It's multi coated according to the specs.
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