Hi fellows. I'm in the market for a new 52mm slim CPL & I'm undecided between the reputable B+W Slim KAESEMANN MRC CPL & the new HD series of Hoya's CPL.
Factors afflicting my dilemma include:
Qn1. Slimness of frame/mount:
I understand the Hoya HD CPL have 5mm frame from 1 of the sales thread in the forums. However, when I search for the specific "Slim KAESEMANN MRC CPL", I couldn't get any useful information. (re: its frame thickness).
In fact, when I visit B+W's official site, I found the following results:
But not a CPL from the official B+W site with "slim" & "KAESEMANN"??? Nonetheless, I went thru the 3 likely entries and the thickness was not revealed on the site as well.
So does anybody with a "Slim KAESEMANN MRC CPL" from B+W comment on its frame thickness?
The Hoya HD CPL(52mm) is supposedly going for $72 from forum threads whereas I couldn't find the price of the 52mm B+W Slim KAESEMANN MRC CPL. The closest I can find is the 77mm version from 1 of the mass sales thread, which is $2xx. Does anybody know the price of the 52mm version (B+W)? I dun think I can do a linear calculation right? As I heard price of glass increases exponentially when we are discussing abt 77mm range.
Qn3. Ease to clean:
Anybody with the new Hoya HD CPL can comment on its ease to clean(or not) as compared to the B+W's MRC coating? This is 1 of the primary reason I'm getting these line of filters.
UPDATE: found some further information after reading thru 11pages of this thread:
HD ease of cleaning info on LAST 2 pages
Qn4. Front thread?
Does B+W Slim CPL have front screw thread to snap a lens-cap on? If not, does a new piece come with its own push-on lens-cap?
Qn5. When I visit the "usual" shops to ask for price, how do I tell if the model they show me(& hence the price they quote me) is the "Slim KAESEMANN" version? Bcos from the outside(of the packaging), all the B+W box looks alike.
Disclaimer: I have search in this forum b4, & I couldn't get any definitive information, esp. for qn1, 3 & 4. I have also googled for the key phrase, "B+W slim KAESEMANN polarizer Hoya HD polarizer" & still I couldn't get any definitive answer for most of my questions either. The Hoya HD vs. B+W MRC CPL discussions on dpreview forums are either largely colored by posting members of retail or deteriorate into displays of fanboyism.
Hence the impetus for me starting a new thread here. I do hope to get some fruitful responses to my queries.
Thanks in advance.
UPDATE: found this site:
Seems to be an illustrated answer to most of my qns, except pricing & thickness
UPDATE: found another discussion thread; very useful but LAST post raises a very crticial qn, i.e. less effective as a polariser?
last post on THIS page
UPDATE: another post in another discussion thread abt the HD's slightly-"less polarising effect":