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Which 105mm Diameter Circular Polariser is best???


4 Mar 2009 5:36PM
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 11 1.5k 1
4 Mar 2009 5:42PM
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.
4 Mar 2009 5:46PM
Cheers, Chris.

Most interesting and helpful.

Bill
baxter 10 164 England
4 Mar 2009 8:09PM
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.
5 Mar 2009 6:54AM
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 9 3.7k England
5 Mar 2009 8:02AM
Heliopan

Someone told me a while ago that they were made by B+W - unconfirmed though
conrad 10 10.9k 116
5 Mar 2009 9:03AM
So is Praktica, but that doesn't necessarily help... Wink
5 Mar 2009 1:01PM
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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