Help with Polarizing Filters

Discussion in 'Olympus Cameras' started by kgeissler, Jan 14, 2014.

  1. kgeissler

    kgeissler Mu-43 Regular

    Oct 25, 2012
    Rowlett, TX
    Can someone tell me what the difference between these 3 filters are? The price difference is pretty steep between the cheap one and the expensive one.

    This is for my E-PL5. The first one comes in a kit with 2 other filters:
  2. Steven

    Steven Mu-43 All-Pro

    May 25, 2012
    Cheaper filters may lower your final image quality. Higher grade filters use better quality glass and coatings and will not negatively effect image quality .
  3. Djarum

    Djarum Super Moderator

    Dec 15, 2009
    Huntsville, AL, USA
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  4. biomed

    biomed Mu-43 Hall of Famer

    Aug 22, 2013
    Seattle area
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    I would purchase a multi-coated filter. The B+W filters are very high quality. I use this polarizer as it fits most of my lenses. for the smaller diameter lenses I use a 46mm to 52mm step up filter adapter ring.
  5. rklepper

    rklepper Mu-43 Top Veteran

    Dec 19, 2012
    Iowa, USA
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    In adverse conditions you would be happy if you had THIS one.
  6. woody112704

    woody112704 Mu-43 Top Veteran

    Dec 13, 2012
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  7. Dave in Wales

    Dave in Wales Mu-43 All-Pro

    Nov 5, 2011
    West Wales
    Why go and stick a cheap Polarizing Filter on the front of a good lens, give the lens a chance.

    Hoya HD Polarizing Filters it has to be.
  8. aidanw

    aidanw Mu-43 Regular

    Nov 19, 2012
    Wellington, NZ
    I have a B+W and a couple of Kenko Pro1 D Digital Wideband's. The B+W is the same as the Kenko's image quality wise but the Kenko's are far more effective polarizers even though they are rated at the same level of stops.

    It is hard to see the difference using the B+W in the viewfinder but with the Kenko's it is dramatic.
    Funnily the 46mm is a lot stronger than the 52mm even though they are the same model number.
  9. Djarum

    Djarum Super Moderator

    Dec 15, 2009
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    Well, this is going to depend on what lenses you have. I have a 37mm to 58mm step up ring and a 46mm to 58mm step up ring. This allows me to use 58mm filters on all my lenses, including the Olympus 40-150mm zoom lens. The two step up rings are fotodiox rings. I can't remember where I got them, though.
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  10. Djarum

    Djarum Super Moderator

    Dec 15, 2009
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  11. HappyFish

    HappyFish Mu-43 Top Veteran

    Sep 8, 2012
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    always liked brass (like B+W Heliopan etc..) over aluminum style filters purely cause they won't seize up on the end of the lens ever :) since most threads are metal I know some are plastic which would not matter then :)

    for wides always bought the lower profile ones and regular for regular :)

    brass are more $but IMHO worth it for again brass is smoother and won't seize like aluminum can :)

    Heiopan step rings in brass

    I tend to buy filters for my lens and not use step rings ? but it can save money

    also I like to keep my hoods on for sure when using a CP which step rings often you can't :)
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  12. zpierce

    zpierce Super Moderator

    Sep 26, 2010
    Minneapolis, MN
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    Based on that article, I've gone with several of the marumi super dhg's over the past two years and I love them. They are affordable, low profile, and noticeably less light reduction than the one B&W I owned.
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