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10-01-2015, 04:33 AM   #1
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77mm Circular polarizer Recommendations for Pentax 16-50 and 12-24?

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I am looking to get a CPL that will fit my 12-24 and 16-50 for my upcoming vacation. Any surefire suggestions? I was going to get the Marumi Super (based on this Polarizing filters test - Results and summary - LensTip.com) until I read this....Marumi vs B+W - Beware of Rankings on Review Sites | Jaegraphy Blog. This is my first CPL and so I'm a bit confused as to which one to get.

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Never had a problem with Marumi. On that sample photo, I wonder why it was taken with a CPL...??? That's nor the way to use it - never facing a little source!
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I have the Marumi on my FA 31 and the B&W for my DA*200 and can see no significant difference in them. Both are very good.
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I use the Marumi Super and have been very pleased. I had used cheap Tiffen filters earlier and they were pretty poor.

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I went with the B+W 77mm Kaesemann XS-Pro Circular Polarizer MRC on my 12-24 and couldn't be happier. You're going to appreciate the low profile of that filter when using the wider focal lengths. This is only useful for spot-polarizing, as it will cause banding over a wide sky at the wider focal lengths.
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I originally posted this in May 2015. Hoya makes decent filters despite what they did when they previously owned Pentax. Sample image below is from a 77mm Hoya CPL on a 16-50. Expect uneven polarization at the ultra-wide end of your 12-24, regardless of filter brand:
Be wary of B+W. When I shopped for a circular polarizer 2 years ago I tried B+W based on reputation and specifications. The build quality was unacceptable. The rotation kept binding and it felt like there was grit between the moving pieces. I returned 3 copies because they all had the same problem.

I bought a Hoya filter. I've had good experiences with it. The optics are good (fully multicoated). The build quality is good - no significant wear despite despite being used at the beach many times. The filter threads are smooth enough to be easily removable by hand (some filters have a tendency to get stuck, needing a filter wrench or rubber band to remove). The model I bought is no longer manufactured, though, so I can't provide a specific recommendation.
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QuoteOriginally posted by DeadJohn Quote
I originally posted this in May 2015. Hoya makes decent filters despite what they did when they previously owned Pentax. Sample image below is from a 77mm Hoya CPL on a 16-50. Expect uneven polarization at the ultra-wide end of your 12-24, regardless of filter brand:
Be wary of B+W. When I shopped for a circular polarizer 2 years ago I tried B+W based on reputation and specifications. The build quality was unacceptable. The rotation kept binding and it felt like there was grit between the moving pieces. I returned 3 copies because they all had the same problem.

I bought a Hoya filter. I've had good experiences with it. The optics are good (fully multicoated). The build quality is good - no significant wear despite despite being used at the beach many times. The filter threads are smooth enough to be easily removable by hand (some filters have a tendency to get stuck, needing a filter wrench or rubber band to remove). The model I bought is no longer manufactured, though, so I can't provide a specific recommendation.
I have the Marumi 77mm and the B+W 49mm Kaeseman. The B+W imparts less of a color shift but I don't find the slight yellowness of the Marumi to be a problem. Otherwise I am perfectly happy with both although the plastic case the Marumi came in broke fairly early on.
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Depending on what your intent is for the filter and your taste in photography, you may or may not like the results of a polarizing filter on a wide angle lens. Lenses wider than about 28mm (full frame) will not be able to uniformly apply the polarization across the entire width of the lens. It's just the law of physics. The results will be part of the sky (in particular) will have the polarization results and another part of the sky won't. Now with the same lens applying it to reflections off the water, it usually does ok.I have an old Nikon CPF 77mm ultra thin (to reduce the potential of vignetting) for my 12-24 and the build is excellent, and it does a great job when applied in the right situations.



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