View Full Version : Circular Polarising Filters

22nd June 2008, 10:50 AM
Hi all,

This is my first post on this forum, but I have visited most days since Christmas - picking up alot of very valuable information along the way, so thankyou to all those who make this such a informative and friendly place :)

I've owned an E410 with the 2 kit lens's since December and have been very pleased with it infact I've gone on to get the 35mm macro and 70-300mm too and don't regret it for one minute.

I am now considering adding a Circular Polarizer filter to the kit but am getting a little lost with all the different makes / models / prices out there. From what I have read B & W filters get alot of praise and are considered one of the best you can get, but then given their price, that's perhaps no surprise. However given my limited ability I don't think I would make best use of a high end filter at the moment - also given that the lens's I have are only standard grade would you really see any benefit of using a high grade filter on them anyway? ... to my admitedly very untrained eye I can't see any bad effects of adding a cheap Hoya UV filter (for protection only) to any of the lenses, so would a cheap circular polariser be any different?

I've seen the Kood / Cokin P filters in use and although they appeared to do a fine job I've ruled out that option in favour of a single plain screw in filter for now, I just want to keep things small and simple, maybe one day I'll take another look at the filter Systems.

Having searched the net for a bit I found just a few options (these are not necessarily the cheapest sources of the particular filters just the first ones I came across):

B+W MRC Circular Polarizer SL 58mm --- 84.99

Hoya DMC Pro 1 Circular Polarizing 58mm ---- 51.99

Canon Lens Filter - Circular Polariser - 58mm --- 49.99

Kenko 58mm Digital Circular Polariser Filter ---- 27.99

Marumi DHG Circular Polarising Filter 58mm --- 27.50

Kood Circular Polarising Filter- Made in Japan 58mm --- 15.75

Hoya Circular Polarising Filter - Standard - 58mm --- 14.99

Hoya 58mm Circular Polarising Filter --- 13.99

Hama Lens Filter ~ Polarising Circular ~ 58mm --- 11.29

7dayshop.com Lens Filter - Circular Polariser - 58mm --- 3.99

I'm sure that there must be dozens of others I haven't come across yet either...

What I really need is a recommendation for a fairly decent quality but affordable filter, obviously if I can get away with one of the cheaper versions then great, but if the consensus is that only the more expensive ones will do then I'll probably put off getting one until I've saved up a bit rather than go for a cheap one and be dissapointed in the outcome. So do any of the above (particularly the lower priced ones) fit the bill or does any one else have any other recommendations?

Hope you can help

22nd June 2008, 11:57 AM
I must admit I've had better results from B+W filters than Hoya. That's not to suggest they are better, just that they seem to give me a stronger result. Kood seem better value than Hoya. You can usually buy cheaper off the internet through Ebay, if you're prepared to wait for them to come from the USA or HK. There are some honest dealers on Ebay - check out their ratings carefully. Look for "Filtersplus" on Ebay - they are quick, reasonably priced, and postage charges are very reasonable.

22nd June 2008, 12:00 PM
I did a similar exercise a month or two back, and bought a couple of Marumi filters. They seem to do a decent job and are nicely made in Japan. Unfortunately, I've been swamped with work and other issues for the last few weeks and haven't done a lot of photography. :(

The prices are pretty reasonable too. I would definitely avoid the very cheap ones.

22nd June 2008, 03:37 PM
I would try the Kood, I have used them and they work fine, otherwise go down the cokin route, you may well finf=d a couple f grad filters will help a good deal.

22nd June 2008, 06:42 PM

I have been using Conkin filters for some years now; both for film and digital. They are not the cheepest but if you look after them; keep them clean with a soft brush and warm soapy water, they will last you well.

Also the system is very versetile once you have the basics. I find for landscapes the ND grad filters are essential and are frequently used with the poloriser. If you want to use more than one filter systems such as the Cokin or Lee are very good; Lee being the more expensive but possibly a better quality. Though I have not done a direct test.

Good luck.


23rd June 2008, 11:51 AM
If you are seeking a square filter system, can I suggest HiTech? Cheaper than Lee but better made than Cokin, imho.

23rd June 2008, 02:37 PM
Hi PaulE -

Welcome to e-group - pleased you have found it friendly and informative.

I have used the Hoya Pro 1 Digital Filter on both my E-510 and Fuji for a number of years and like it very much.

Regards. Barr1e

23rd June 2008, 10:45 PM
Thankyou all for your advice and suggestions, it seems everyone has their favourite brand and that you can't go too far wrong with any of better makes, which is a good thing for me :).

Now I have some idea of those makes / models to look at and which to avoid I'll start trawling the net, ebay and a couple of local camera stores for the best deal.

Thanks again for your help

18th July 2008, 11:02 AM
Sorry for the delay in following up on my last post. Having taken the list of suggestions to the local camera club several semi & ex-pro photographers immediately picked out the marumi ones mentioned above, so that, along with the recommendation for it above made my mind up and so that is the polariser I went with in the end.

I had intended taking a picture with and without the polariser to finish the thread off but too much work and not very many blue skies since buying it has spolt that idea altogether. When I do manage to take a suitable photo/s I'll add it to the thread.

Thanks again to all those who replied with advice and suggestions

Nova Invicta
27th September 2008, 09:30 PM
I have the Lee system and whilst its not cheap the old adage "you get what you pay for" is exactly true in this case. I dumped my cokin system and the Lee ND grads & polar filters are simply the best. I also got great results with there Sky Blue grads and full intend on building on there system.