Recommend a cheapo 77mm CPL filter


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tabako

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I need a cheap CPL filter to learn how to shoot with it.

Can recommend a relatively ok quality one that is reasonably priced? Budget about $50.

I saw in mass sale, screw in 77mm Tianya CPL filter only costs $35, but read also that QC is very bad.

The price guide, http://www.clubsnap.com/forums/showthread.php?t=263716, also has Hoya 77mm CPL at $70 and Tokina 77mm CPL at $45, but I don't know how updated is the price.
 

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Tokina is ok. But you should better increase the budget. Replacing a 10 bucks UV is easier than a 50 bucks CPL. So better get a good one right from the start.
 

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Same... if you can afford an expensive 77mm lens, why not save a little more to get a better CPL? Yes, at least a Tokina.
 

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Go to B&S section to look for a second hand B+W MRC UV filter. Quality should be good and as long as you check carefully, 2nd hand filter is really not a problem. You get quality filter at a much lower price...

And when you decide to sell on, you might not lose any money on it...
 

tabako

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Tokina is ok. But you should better increase the budget. Replacing a 10 bucks UV is easier than a 50 bucks CPL. So better get a good one right from the start.
Oh so Tokina is still $45?
Go to B&S section to look for a second hand B+W MRC UV filter. Quality should be good and as long as you check carefully, 2nd hand filter is really not a problem. You get quality filter at a much lower price...

And when you decide to sell on, you might not lose any money on it...
Eh but I want CPL and not UV filter. Do you mean get 2nd hand CPL?
 

tabako

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Thanks for the advice, My cousin just went HK, told him to help me buy Hoya or Kenko back.
 

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Sorry to ask a rather stupid question but what are the differences between a cheap polariser and an expensive one? I currently dont have a polariser and am also thinking of getting one. Thanks for enlightening me!
 

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Sorry to ask a rather stupid question but what are the differences between a cheap polariser and an expensive one? I currently dont have a polariser and am also thinking of getting one. Thanks for enlightening me!
I have the same question too.

Went to a few shops. Mostly said it's paying for the brand name. Is this true?
 

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Sorry to ask a rather stupid question but what are the differences between a cheap polariser and an expensive one? I currently dont have a polariser and am also thinking of getting one. Thanks for enlightening me!
Luckily there are people and organizations that do reviews and extensive test. Have a look and the tests in detail and see how different brands and model score. Feel free to repeat the tests (flare test is quite easy) with your own equipment.
Lenstip.com - CPL Filter Tests
 

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I have the same question too.

Went to a few shops. Mostly said it's paying for the brand name. Is this true?
special coatings, better optical materials, built, name ..
it is not entirely a brand thing.

ryan
 

tabako

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Ok gotten the Kenko Pro1D Wide Band CPL, $99 at Orient. HK sold out, so didn't buy.

Hope its good, how I do test if there are colour casting on the CPL?
 

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