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01-13-2019, 11:13 AM   #1
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looking for opinion on which circular polarizer to get

ok, I am looking to see if the brand of circular polarizer matters

I have some Vivitar brand polarizers

and have reviewed this article

Polarizing Filter Basics - Articles and Tips | PentaxForums.com

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most of my lenses take 49mm filters but I also have 55mm, 58mm, 77mm and 82mm

so do I need different filters for each or will a step / step down ring work

any help would be greatly appreciated.

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Step-down rings are great. Personally, I'd consider two CPL filters - 82mm & 58mm with step-downs for the other sizes.

Best Cost-Quality ratio CPL for me when I reviewed all the various articles and opinions was the Marumi Super DHG MC CPLmodels.

Good luck.
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I bought one and use step down rings. Definitely a worthy investment...
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QuoteOriginally posted by aslyfox Quote
I am looking to see if the brand of circular polarizer matters
It does indeed, as this comprehensive three- part series of reviews by the folks at LensTip shows:

Polarizing filters test 2015 - Introduction - LensTip.com

+1 for step down rings. I have a 77mm CPL and batch of cheap step down rings that bring down as far as 49mm, if needed. Which reminds me - I need to get a 62mm step down ring for the DFA 28-105.

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QuoteOriginally posted by aslyfox Quote
ok, I am looking to see if the brand of circular polarizer matters

I have some Vivitar brand polarizers

and have reviewed this article

Polarizing Filter Basics - Articles and Tips | PentaxForums.com

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most of my lenses take 49mm filters but I also have 55mm, 58mm, 77mm and 82mm

so do I need different filters for each or will a step / step down ring work

any help would be greatly appreciated.
I''m happy with the Hoya and Tiffen filters I have. I would just caution on where you buy filters, because there seem to be a lot of fakes being sold on ebay. I would stick with B&H, Adorama, or even Amazon.
With the step down rings just make sure they will still work with your hoods.
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I have the B+W HRC KSM, and it works very nicely. I donít use it with a step down ring, so I canít help you with that.
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No issues with Hoya filters. Years back, I bought a Tiffen filter, a grad ND I think, and put it away without examining it (mistake). When I got around to using it after some months, I found it had a tiny chip mark at the very edge of the glass. So I called Tiffen CS and they said to send it in with a copy of my receipt, which I did. I didn't get any response for well over a month, and was wondering what the...? The 'replacement" finally arrived, which turned out to be the very one I sent, still with the chip mark! No written explanation or comment. Haven't bought another Tiffen since.

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thanks for all the responses so far

I just remembered to " not reinvent the wheel " and decided to look under Accessories above -

Filters - Pentax Camera Accessory Review Database

there are several reviews:

MeFOTO Wild Blue Yonder Circular Polarizing Filter reviews - Pentax Camera Accessory Review Database

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Kenko Zeta Super Multi-Coated Circular Polarizer reviews - Pentax Camera Accessory Review Database

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Marumi Super DHG Slim Circular Polarizer reviews - Pentax Camera Accessory Review Database

perhaps those who have responded to this thread so far, and who have not comment there, might want to add reviews
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I can vouch for Marumi slim. Very good quality CPL filters in the league of Hoya and B+W.
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MeFoto polarizer filters @$5, MeFoto polarizing filters $4 to $5 at Adorama - PentaxForums.com
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At the current price of the MeFoto, I wouldn't hesitate. Reports are that they're very good.

Marumi are very highly regarded.

Hoya antistatic Fusion filters also rate consistently well.
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I picked up some MeFotos Circular Polarizers

along with 58mm Marumi Exus 58mm Professional Digital Circular Polarizer and 82mm Marumi Digital High Grade Circular Polarizers
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QuoteOriginally posted by aslyfox Quote
ok, I am looking to see if the brand of circular polarizer matters

I have some Vivitar brand polarizers

and have reviewed this article

Polarizing Filter Basics - Articles and Tips | PentaxForums.com

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most of my lenses take 49mm filters but I also have 55mm, 58mm, 77mm and 82mm

so do I need different filters for each or will a step / step down ring work

any help would be greatly appreciated.
I went through this last year when I went looking for a quality polarizer for my new 50/1.4. After much research I ended up with a Zeiss CZ-T* Polarizer. My understanding is the polarizers filters from Breakthrough Photography are also pretty awesome. I bought two of their ND filters and am very pleased with them.
Sizewise, You could try just buying an 82mm and stepping down, but I suspect you will end up with an 82mm and a 58mm. The 82 is a long way down to 49mm. Breakthrough Photography stepping rings are brass, which is less bindy than cheap aluminium rings.
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I have Marumi (one is the Slim which works well), Hoya, Tiffen, and B&W. As mentioned, buy from known dealers.

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One thing to consider when getting a CPL is whether the lenses you are going to use them on have hoods with removable inserts that allow reaching the filter to turn it while the hood remains mounted. Some Pentax lens hoods have this excellent feature (e.g. DA*16-50/2.8), and it's a shame to lose when using a larger size filter on a step down ring.

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