Recommend CPL/Polarizer filter for outdoors?

Discussion in 'Accessories' started by budeny, Jul 11, 2016.

  1. budeny

    budeny Mu-43 All-Pro

    Mar 4, 2014
    Boulder, CO
    I had somewhat disappointing experience with two B+W CPL filters in the past - both developed tightness in adjustment ring. One eventually locked up completely.

    So, what is your experience and recommendation for outdoors use - i.e. dust, mist, cold and heat?
  2. Sammyboy

    Sammyboy m43 Pro

    Oct 26, 2010
    Steeler Country
    .... I hand lap all my polarizers using mineral oil and a very small amount of household cleanser or lapping compound ...... they now rotate as if on ball bearings ..... takes about 20 minutes .....
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  3. Turbofrog

    Turbofrog Mu-43 Hall of Famer

    Mar 21, 2014
    My 72mm Hoya Pro1D CPL works just fine, but I've only got grit in it once (fell into some mud under a waterfall). I've only used it for a few months, so I can't offer any better long term estimate for quality.
  4. ijm5012

    ijm5012 Mu-43 Legend

    Oct 2, 2013
    Pittsburgh, PA
    With the one B+W CPL filter I have, I too have noticed that it's difficult to turn/adjust.

    All of my other CPL's (58mm, 67mm, 72mm) are Panasonic ones, and they're excellent. They're multicoated, VERY slim (much slimmer than the B+W one I have), and they turn very easily, making them easy to adjust. I don't believe that you can buy them through major retailers anymore as they've been discontinued, but you should be able to find them on eBay, and if you look/wait long enough you can score some really great deals (I didn't pay over $40 for any one of the filters, and they were all brand new when I received them).

    Although I haven't tried their CPL fitlers, you may want to take a look at Haida. I have used their ND filters (both screw-in and slot-in), and have been very happy with them. Great multicoating on them, no color cast, and very slim filter frame. They can be found on eBay from sellers in the US for very reasonable prices (well less than $50, even for a 72mm which I was looking at prior to finding a Panasonic one).
  5. Gary5

    Gary5 Mu-43 Veteran Subscribing Member

    Jan 15, 2014
    The two I've kept are a Hoya FD (or maybe HD, can't remember) that's only about one stop but has a greenish tint, which I use mostly with zooms, and a Nikon that's about two stops but has neutral tint, which I use mostly with primes.
  6. JensM

    JensM Mu-43 Veteran Subscribing Member

    Mar 6, 2016
    Oslo(ish), Norway
    As screename
    Would you care to elaborate on that process ? :)
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  7. gpburdell

    gpburdell Mu-43 Veteran Subscribing Member

    Jul 16, 2014
    Never had that issue with any CPL I've owned. Over the years as I've bought/changed lenses and needed new CPL sizes I've varied between buying Hoya Pro1 and B+W F-Pro depending on which I could get a better deal on. I've been perfectly happy with both.
  8. budeny

    budeny Mu-43 All-Pro

    Mar 4, 2014
    Boulder, CO
    For temporary fix I've picked used Haida CPL for $15, will see how it performs.
  9. ijm5012

    ijm5012 Mu-43 Legend

    Oct 2, 2013
    Pittsburgh, PA
    Please report back. I'm a big fan of their ND filters, and am interested in hearing how their CPL's perform.
  10. twokatmew

    twokatmew Mu-43 All-Pro Subscribing Member

    Jun 1, 2012
    Lansing, MI, US
    Marumi Super DHG filters are great. I've owned several CPLs and never had a problem. They're very slim, too.

    Sent from my SM-G930V using Tapatalk
  11. lchien

    lchien Mu-43 Veteran

    Aug 7, 2014
    How exactly do you do that? do you disassemble the CPL and polish the sliding surfaces? Can you elaborate, please?
  12. Sammyboy

    Sammyboy m43 Pro

    Oct 26, 2010
    Steeler Country
    .... yes, I disassemble, apply the oil and compound ..... do about a dozen (sometimes more) 360 degree rotations, clean and check, then reassemble ........ care must be taken when putting the glass back into the ring, you want to make sure the outside facing glass remains facing outside. In other words do not put the glass in backwards otherwise you'll get a color cast. A piece of masking tape does the trick. Hope this helps.
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  13. Sammyboy

    Sammyboy m43 Pro

    Oct 26, 2010
    Steeler Country
    ..... forgot to mention, if you are very careful with the oil and compound, you do not have to remove the glass .....
  14. owczi

    owczi nareteV 34-uM Subscribing Member

    No issues with B+W KSM CPL (thin, XSDP mount) in five years. The mineral oil as per @Sammyboy@Sammyboy sounds like a good preventive measure.
  15. mannukiddo

    mannukiddo Mu-43 Veteran

    Jul 28, 2013
    Highly recommend the Haida CPL

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  16. ijm5012

    ijm5012 Mu-43 Legend

    Oct 2, 2013
    Pittsburgh, PA
    Wow, great shots.

    Haida filters are hands down the best bargain out there.
  17. Philip Scott

    Philip Scott Mu-43 Regular

    Apr 28, 2016
    Valley Forge, PA, USA
    Have had great experience with B&W, Tiffen and Hoya...although I had a Hoya C-PL at one time that didn't allow a Nikon 70-200 VR I to focus properly...
  18. budeny

    budeny Mu-43 All-Pro

    Mar 4, 2014
    Boulder, CO
    Last edited: Aug 13, 2016
  19. ijm5012

    ijm5012 Mu-43 Legend

    Oct 2, 2013
    Pittsburgh, PA
    Bummer. Their ND filters are, IMO, the best deal for ND's out there. It's a shame their CPL's don't follow suit.
  20. relic

    relic Mu-43 Veteran Subscribing Member

    Oct 21, 2010
    I am about to buy a linear polarizer for my E-PM2 when I found this thread. My understanding was that circular polarizers are necessary for DSLRs, but that linear polarizers are fine for mirrorless cameras. Was I wrong? Many thanks!
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