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Which 105mm Diameter Circular Polariser is best???

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    BillyGoatGruff
    BillyGoatGruff e2 Member 7191 forum postsBillyGoatGruff vcard England199 Constructive Critique Points
    4 Mar 2009 - 5:36 PM

    Hi folks.

    I'm curious to know your thoughts on the which is the best 105mm diameter circular polarising filter.
    I've done a bit of research and have narrowed down the main brands I'm prepared to consider:
    Lee
    Heliopan
    B+W
    and, possibly, Hitech although I'm not sure if they actually do one this size.
    [Singh-Ray are prohibitively expensive, and currently, do not provide a CPL of this diameter.]


    I'm currently awaiting delivery of the Lee system, so filters that fix to the front of individual lenses are not really of interest to me.

    I've had a few interesting and helpful thoughts and suggestions from certain accomplished epzers, but thought I'd open this up to a larger sample of the epz world.

    So...which of these 3 (or 4) is best, from a quality and usability point-of-view?
    And...normal or slim??

    Cheers
    Bill

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    Chris_H
    Chris_H  101472 forum posts1 Constructive Critique Points
    4 Mar 2009 - 5:42 PM

    I use the Heliopan filter and its slightly slimmer than the Lee version so Vignetting is not going to be as bad.

    I would also recomend the Heliopan for their customer care, I had a Heliopan filter that was about three years old and I dropped it, the glass smashed so I asked Heliopan if they could replace the glass and how much it would cost, they said send it to them in germany and they will see what they can do, a few weeks later they sent a brand new polariser free of charge.

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    BillyGoatGruff
    BillyGoatGruff e2 Member 7191 forum postsBillyGoatGruff vcard England199 Constructive Critique Points
    4 Mar 2009 - 5:46 PM

    Cheers, Chris.

    Most interesting and helpful.

    Bill

    baxter
    baxter  10164 forum posts England
    4 Mar 2009 - 8:09 PM

    I bought the B+W Kasemann, this has been really good. Align the B+W logo with the sun for full polarisation. Easy!

    However the Heliopan warming polariser has a good number of fans. It is supposed to minimise colour shift to blue.

    Since I tend to use a polariser relatively infrequently, I haven't been tempted to switch, or even try one for that matter.

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    LenShepherd
    LenShepherd e2 Member 62503 forum postsLenShepherd vcard United Kingdom
    5 Mar 2009 - 6:54 AM

    Which lens have you got in mind - 105mm is huge and implies something like a 600mm.
    Many big telephotos have a rear slot in filter system with a pol option.

    MeanGreeny
    5 Mar 2009 - 8:02 AM

    Heliopan

    Someone told me a while ago that they were made by B+W - unconfirmed though

    conrad
    conrad  1010877 forum posts116 Constructive Critique Points
    5 Mar 2009 - 9:03 AM

    So is Praktica, but that doesn't necessarily help... Wink

    BillyGoatGruff
    BillyGoatGruff e2 Member 7191 forum postsBillyGoatGruff vcard England199 Constructive Critique Points
    5 Mar 2009 - 1:01 PM

    Looks like Heliopan is currently front running....

    Len: Read the question!! It's not going to be put on a lens; it's going on the front of the Lee filter system! Smile

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