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Looking for suggestions for a new polarizer
« on: May 06, 2018, 11:59:55 am »

I have decided to replace the B+W circular polarizer I have for my Loxia 21mm and I'm looking for suggestions for a replacement. Reading through various reviews and forums, it looks like the Hoya EVO antistatic filters are highly regarded, at least by LensTip (See: https://www.lenstip.com/index.php?art=139), however that review is a couple of years old now. What do people think of the Breakthrough Photography polarizers? And on a practical level, is there really much difference between brass or aluminum filter rings (I have brass filters that always seem to stick)?

My preference is for a color neutral polarizer with about a 1-stop filter factor, Multi-coated and with front filter threads.
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Re: Looking for suggestions for a new polarizer
« Reply #1 on: May 06, 2018, 06:44:30 pm »

I have been using Breakthrough filters for the last year and very happy with them.  They make a high-quality product.  Never had an issue with getting them on or off lenses.
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Re: Looking for suggestions for a new polarizer
« Reply #2 on: May 06, 2018, 10:23:41 pm »

Roger Cicala from Lens Rentals did an eye-opening test:
https://www.lensrentals.com/blog/2017/09/my-not-nearly-complete-but-rather-entertaining-circular-polarizer-filter-article/

and a follow up at
https://www.lensrentals.com/blog/2017/10/my-last-circular-polarizer-post/

I could have saved myself a lot of money if I'd known this years ago.
A very very small amount of lubricant on the filter thread helps avoid sticking. You don't want to get any on the front lens element.
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Re: Looking for suggestions for a new polarizer
« Reply #3 on: May 16, 2018, 11:41:09 pm »

I've used the Marumi in the past and liked it.  Now have the B+W high transmission filters, and they are good too.


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Re: Looking for suggestions for a new polarizer
« Reply #4 on: October 25, 2019, 10:44:23 am »

Roger Cicala from Lens Rentals did an eye-opening test:
https://www.lensrentals.com/blog/2017/09/my-not-nearly-complete-but-rather-entertaining-circular-polarizer-filter-article/

and a follow up at
https://www.lensrentals.com/blog/2017/10/my-last-circular-polarizer-post/

I could have saved myself a lot of money if I'd known this years ago.
A very very small amount of lubricant on the filter thread helps avoid sticking. You don't want to get any on the front lens element.
David

David,

What type of lubricant would you recommend for brass threads?

Thanks,
Kevin
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Re: Looking for suggestions for a new polarizer
« Reply #5 on: October 25, 2019, 06:49:52 pm »

What type of lubricant would you recommend for brass threads?

I heard long ago that a pencil tip (B2?) would do a great job.

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Re: Looking for suggestions for a new polarizer
« Reply #6 on: October 25, 2019, 10:05:53 pm »

Its hard to beat the Singh-Ray polarizers.  And they make several unique versions too.  Pricey, but Ive used them for years.  I have B+W as well...but the Singh-Rays have always just delivered their promise. 
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Re: Looking for suggestions for a new polarizer
« Reply #7 on: October 26, 2019, 11:49:26 am »

Regarding removing filters, a few years ago at a workshop, John Sexton gave each student a dental dam. It weighs nothing, takes up no space and can be invaluable in the field. I also use Breakthrough filters and have been happy with them and cannot remember one getting stuck, well engineered.
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Re: Looking for suggestions for a new polarizer
« Reply #8 on: October 26, 2019, 04:48:49 pm »

Regarding removing filters, a few years ago at a workshop, John Sexton gave each student a dental dam. It weighs nothing, takes up no space and can be invaluable in the field. I also use Breakthrough filters and have been happy with them and cannot remember one getting stuck, well engineered.

Im at a loss as to how youd use a dental dam to remove a filter.
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Re: Looking for suggestions for a new polarizer
« Reply #9 on: October 26, 2019, 08:01:31 pm »

Im at a loss as to how youd use a dental dam to remove a filter.

Qpen wide!
I find a few applications of "nose grease" to the threads helps to keep them loose, a rubber band just in case (I keep one wrapped around the filter case).
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Re: Looking for suggestions for a new polarizer
« Reply #10 on: October 27, 2019, 09:38:54 am »

Im at a loss as to how youd use a dental dam to remove a filter.

It is so useful that some manufacturers include it with the filter:
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