Take your photography to the next level and beyond...

  • NEWS
  • REVIEWS
  • INSPIRATION
  • COMMUNITY
  • COMPETITIONS

Why not join for free today?

Join for Free

Your total photography experience starts here


Which 105mm Diameter Circular Polariser is best???


BillyGoatGruff 10 191 199 England
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

Join ePHOTOzine for free and remove these adverts.

Chris_H 13 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.
BillyGoatGruff 10 191 199 England
4 Mar 2009 5:46PM
Cheers, Chris.

Most interesting and helpful.

Bill
baxter 12 164 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.
LenShepherd 9 3.3k United Kingdom
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 11 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 12 10.9k 116
5 Mar 2009 9:03AM
So is Praktica, but that doesn't necessarily help... Wink
BillyGoatGruff 10 191 199 England
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
8 May 2017 11:54AM
Hi has anyone tried Nisi filters Smile
pink Plus
14 4.4k 7 United Kingdom
8 May 2017 5:34PM
I use Lee and Formatt Hitech, both work well but the Lee is thicker so if you fit it on the front of a 3 filter holder it will vignette at 16mm, the Formatt one doesn't
LenShepherd 9 3.3k United Kingdom
8 May 2017 9:24PM
Before spending any serious money if you intend to use a pol in conjunction with a wide angle lens if the sun is exactly over your shoulder and the light is polarised you do not get an even effect across the entire frame (landscape framing) wider than about 35mm for colour saturation or 28mm for controlling reflections using 24x36 format.
JJGEE 12 7.0k 18 England
8 May 2017 10:36PM

Quote:Before spending any serious money if you intend to use a pol in conjunction with a wide angle lens.........

That is exactly why I have not yet bought one for the Sigma 12 - 24 ( full frame ) zoom lens.
8 May 2017 11:00PM
Hi I have the Lee holder plus the big stopper & little stopper so far.Wondered about the Nisi holder as it has a polarizer with it but at the back of the filters not to sure what is best behind or in front of the filters. I am using it on a 25mm lens maybe later on a 18mm lens Smile
JJGEE 12 7.0k 18 England
9 May 2017 11:06AM

Quote:not to sure what is best behind or in front of the filters

In the last Century with film the considered opinion was to have the polariser as the first filter, that is, furthest from the glass of the lens.
But I do not know whether that is still relevant in this now digital age.
9 May 2017 3:38PM

Quote:
Quote:Before spending any serious money if you intend to use a pol in conjunction with a wide angle lens.........

That is exactly why I have not yet bought one for the Sigma 12 - 24 ( full frame ) zoom lens.



Think you will have to go with the lee SW150 system with this lens as I have with the Canon 14mm.

Sign In

You must be a member to leave a comment.

ePHOTOzine, the web's friendliest photography community.

Join For Free

Upload photos, chat with photographers, win prizes and much more.