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    Default Are B+W CPL filters better than all the rest?

    Hope I am posting this in the correct forum.

    I notice that the B+W brand of CPL filters are much more expensive than other brands, at least at the 77mm filter size that I am looking at. Are they that much more better? What advantage do they give that the rest don't? Anyone with the experience to share about them?

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    Default Re: Are B+W CPL filters better than all the rest?

    Search. Google.

    I would say Heliopan, Singh-Ray can also give B+W run for their money.

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    Default Re: Are B+W CPL filters better than all the rest?

    dono how it compares with marumi, but at the cost of 1/2 the price when compared to B+W equiv (slim profile), it definitely a HUGE plus.

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    Quote Originally Posted by ExplorerZ View Post
    dono how it compares with marumi, but at the cost of 1/2 the price when compared to B+W equiv (slim profile), it definitely a HUGE plus.
    pardon my noob qn but where to get marumi filter in SG

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    Default Re: Are B+W CPL filters better than all the rest?

    Quote Originally Posted by ZeroDivine View Post
    pardon my noob qn but where to get marumi filter in SG
    eh doubt any shop carry those... gotta get from ebay...

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    Quote Originally Posted by ExplorerZ View Post
    eh doubt any shop carry those... gotta get from ebay...
    ahh I see..hmm

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    Default Re: Are B+W CPL filters better than all the rest?

    i find the B+W MRC polarises the sky very richly. if u r at the right angle for polarisation, the sky turns really dark blue.

    Somehow my Nikon CPL II does not polarise to same extents ( i must admit i am comparing diff filters at diff sizes and at diff focal lengths, not really ironing out all confoundings, not a proper experiment )

    But no equipment bias cause i love both CPL equally!

    Oh. And B+W is really easy to clean too.

    Cheers
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    owned Hoya, Nikon, B+W and Heliopan.

    Heliopan the most neutral and polarises nicely.

    followed by B+W, then Nikon and Hoya.

    Infact Heliopan filters have the coating so well done there seems to have no glass in the filter at all. Moreover they also use the same Schott glass like B+W. Kudos to them.

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    Default Re: Are B+W CPL filters better than all the rest?

    Between B+W and Nikon CPL II, which one is thinner? Does the 77mm non slim CPL B+W has a smaller glass surface due to the thicker rim infront for labelling?

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    Default Re: Are B+W CPL filters better than all the rest?

    Quote Originally Posted by DeadEnd View Post
    Between B+W and Nikon CPL II, which one is thinner? Does the 77mm non slim CPL B+W has a smaller glass surface due to the thicker rim infront for labelling?
    both are good... they probably just 0.xmm thicker than the other...

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    Default Re: Are B+W CPL filters better than all the rest?

    Minolta filters (if you can still find them) are pretty good too. The wonderful thing is that the CPL's have a built in step up ring (i.e. the thread will be 72mm but the glass will be 77mm), so you don't have problems with vignetting even on a wide angle lens.

    Where B+W stands out, imho, is that the coating somehow makes their filters super easy to clean. Don't think any of the other filters are so easy, one wipe, on puff from the blower and its done.

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