what's your opinion about Kenko filters?

Discussion in 'Accessories' started by mesmerized, Jul 15, 2013.

  1. mesmerized

    mesmerized Mu-43 Veteran

    Jun 18, 2012
    Hey there,

    I'm going to get a polarizing filter and I've been recommended Hoya and B+W brands by one of the forum members here but those brands are a bit pricey and I've come accross a cheaper solution (I'd say mid-range I suppose) which is Kenko Pro1D CPL filter. What do you think about this brand?

  2. dougjgreen

    dougjgreen Mu-43 All-Pro

    Jun 5, 2013
    San Diego
    Doug Green
    Filters are filters. If the Kenko filters are cheaper, I'd get them.
  3. Ned

    Ned Mu-43 Legend

    Jul 18, 2010
    Alberta, Canada
    The Kenko Pro-1 line uses the EXACT same glass and build as the Hoya Pro1 series.... but often at a cheaper cost depending on your locale. So yes, the Kenko Pro1D CPL is a very good filter. If you were considering a Hoya at all, then the Kenko is the same thing... and we're talking about the Pro-1 lineup, which is even the better series (I don't know if any non-Pro1 Kenkos are equivalent to the Hoyas, I only know the Pro-1 series is the same).
  4. DeeJayK

    DeeJayK Mu-43 Hall of Famer

    Feb 8, 2011
    Pacific Northwest, USA
    Kenko and Hoya are sister brands (along with Tokina and Slik), so Ned's assertion is likely correct.
  5. mesmerized

    mesmerized Mu-43 Veteran

    Jun 18, 2012
    Thank you!

    One more thing... what's the difference between a wide band CPL(W) and a non-wide band one? I suppose W stands for wide band.