Which circular polarizer do you use with your Oly M.Zuiko 12-40 2.8?

SolPix

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Hello--

I'm looking for a quality circular polarizer for my recent purchase of the 12-40. B&H recommended the B+W Kaesemann XS-Pro Circular Polarizer MRC Nano Filter, but I took a look at the reviews and one reviewer found that it touched the lens surface. He posted about it on that other site and another person described the same issue. http://www.dpreview.com/forums/thread/3644367

It's not clear if the issue is the lens or the filter. I'd like to avoid trying it, only to possibly damage the lens, and then having to return it.

I welcome your comments and suggestions.

Thanks!
 

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After positive experiences with past Marumi CPLs, Ive just purchased their latest offering, Marumi Exus CPL for around $80. i'll let you know how it goes when I go shooting next, I think they are great value for money and perform well.
 

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Thanks for your reply, Kaiser. The Marumi Exus is on my list. Have you put it on your 12-40 yet? If not, would you mind posting again to say if it has the same issue as the B+W, or not?
 

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Sorry, I only have the 9-18 - Ill also be using it with the Pana 25, 45 1.8 and the 75 1.8.
Comes in a nice usable hard case and has teflon threads for less chance of thread binding. Hoping to get out on my days of to try it out.
Cheers
 

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Well, I have an experimental urge to try the B+W just to see. I've never had a problem with even much less expensive filters touching a lens element before, so I find this to be a curious thing. In the discussion referenced above, a poster other than the OP had the same issue with a Heliopan UV filter, which might suggest that it is the lens. However, the B+W is a slim filter, and if the Heliopan is, too, the tolerances may be a tad inadequate for manufacturing variations.

I'll report back when I settle on one.

Thanks very much to all of you for taking the time to reply!
 

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I use a B+W Kaesemann XS-Pro Circular Polarizer MRC on my 12-40 and it does NOT touch the front element. You can easily check this by using a piece of lens tissue as a gauge.
 

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I use a B+W Kaesemann XS-Pro Circular Polarizer MRC on my 12-40 and it does NOT touch the front element. You can easily check this by using a piece of lens tissue as a gauge.
Same here, it does not touch the lens front element.
 

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I bought a B+W Kaesemann XS-Pro Circ Polarizers a few years ago and could never use it as it doesn't rotate freely, very disapointing for such an expensive item, i should have returned it. Since then, I've gone back to Hoya HD.
 

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I've received the B+W Kaesemann XS-Pro filter and it does not touch the lens front element. I used a slip of paper between the two and it slid around when the lens was tilted. The lens cap and hood work with it, too. The rotation is fine, not too loose or tight. Peejay, maybe they've improved it since you bought yours. I could see how a problem with that would be cause for return.

Thanks to all who took the time to reply!
 

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I use the Tiffen HT circular polarizer. It allows high light transmission, is very well constructed and is relatively inexpensive. I have used Singh Ray polarizers in the past and they are excellent, but are pretty pricey. My only complaint is the lens cap has a rather tenuous grip and can get knocked off.
 

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MarkoPolo, high transmission is new to me. Does it have to do with the filter factor? If so, I see where it could be an advantage in some situations. (The B+W has a filter factor of 2.5, and the Tiffen HT spec's state 2.3-2.8.) Do you notice a difference with the Tiffen's high transmission feature? Where I live, the light is very bright and I've had to use ND filters to be able to open up a fast lens. (The higher maximum shutter speed on the EM-1 offers an advantage there.)
 

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I'm not sure about the filter factor, but allows more light. Singh Ray calls theirs lighter, brighter. So just the opposite of the neutral density factor. Lets me use a lower iso for landscapes and less noise.
 

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I don't know how filter factor scales to ev. But using camera meter the B+W nano reduces exp by 1.7 stops
 

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