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    For a newbie, is it necessary to get a branded CPL like B+W or Heliopan? Or would a simple Hoya or Kenko be sufficient? i know it is not a big amount of money, but i am in the phase of start-up cost, which is a sudden spike in my expenditure.

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    In my opinion that really depends on what you will be doing later. For example, if you are using Canon and are infected by the L-lens virus (eventually), you might consider getting a cheaper one for your starting lens and then eventually invest more money in a good quality B+W CPL as your lens will share the same filter sizes. Hence, for the time being, just get a Hoya one - they might perhaps be inferior to your B+W CPL, but they do work.
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    hmm.....i highly doubt that i will go into the L lenses

    any idea is the end result of a Hoya vs a B+W significant, assuming all other parameters are the same?

    sorry if my questions sound stupid

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    Quote Originally Posted by user1 View Post
    hmm.....i highly doubt that i will go into the L lenses

    any idea is the end result of a Hoya vs a B+W significant, assuming all other parameters are the same?

    sorry if my questions sound stupid
    Just buy the Hoya if you're starting out. Learn how a CPL works first. Buying a more expensive filter isn't going to help you take better pictures.
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    Quote Originally Posted by user1 View Post
    hmm.....i highly doubt that i will go into the L lenses

    any idea is the end result of a Hoya vs a B+W significant, assuming all other parameters are the same?

    sorry if my questions sound stupid
    Well, according to some purists, there is a big difference in the polarisation effect. And also the lower end ones tend to have a colour cast. (placing them over white paper will show the effects)

    There are also some claims that the lower end ones tend to delaminate faster (though I've not encountered this problem yet)

    So it's up to users and also the pocket comfort zone to choose one which allows you to use it comfortably and get the effect you need.
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    Circular polarisers have an additional layer known as the quarter wave plate set 45 degree in addition to the existing linear polariser layer. Some people attributed that cheaper materials can add to further degradation from the stacking of the two. ( Compared to a single layer for linear polarisers )

    I haven seen anyone do any side by side comparisons, most are anecdotal examples.

    But for now I get what is within my budget and use it and throw the rest of the nity considerations behind.

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    Quote Originally Posted by user1 View Post
    For a newbie, is it necessary to get a branded CPL like B+W or Heliopan? Or would a simple Hoya or Kenko be sufficient? i know it is not a big amount of money, but i am in the phase of start-up cost, which is a sudden spike in my expenditure.
    How much is ur budget for the CPL? Depends on what u want to shoot and how often are u gonna use the polarizer, u can justify if u really need to buy the expensive ones. If u can answer the questions, the answer is clear.

    Even cheap tokina ones i used to have, works fine. Probably u will miss out the part on the ease of cleaning, "optical quality of the glass" (IMO, diff between brands are not really that significant), how effective is the polarization, and some picky stuff, etc.

    For startups, i recommend the Hoya ones. Not too expensive. Easy to sell off in B&S.
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    Quote Originally Posted by user1 View Post
    For a newbie, is it necessary to get a branded CPL like B+W or Heliopan? Or would a simple Hoya or Kenko be sufficient?
    Hoya and Kenko are brands, too, and their filters are no less "branded" than B+W or Heliopan.

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    Quote Originally Posted by user1 View Post
    For a newbie, is it necessary to get a branded CPL like B+W or Heliopan? Or would a simple Hoya or Kenko be sufficient? i know it is not a big amount of money, but i am in the phase of start-up cost, which is a sudden spike in my expenditure.
    Ya i agree the rest they go go for hoya or hoya cpl

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    thanks guys. i now know what to do...start slow

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