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B+W 77mm Circular Polarizer with Multi-Resistant Coating

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Technical Details

Size: 77mm
  • Brand Name: B+W
  • Model: 66044844
  • Item Package Quantity: 1
  • Item Display Diameter: 77 millimeters

Product Details

Size: 77mm
  • Product Dimensions: 1 x 5 x 5 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Shipping: This item is also available for shipping to select countries outside the U.S.
  • ASIN: B0000BZLAD
  • Item model number: 66044844
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (126 customer reviews)
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  • Date first available at Amazon.com: October 2, 2001

Product Description

Size: 77mm

From the Manufacturer

Circular Polarizers - Increase Color Saturation, Reduce Reflections

Comparison of image with and without filter.
The images on the left was taken without any filter.
The image on the right was taken using a
B+W Circular Polarizer. Click for larger view.
Comparison of image with and without filter.
The images on the left was taken without any filter.
The image on the right was taken using a
B+W Circular Polarizer. Click for larger view.

Highly efficient standard circular polarizing filter for all cameras with beam splitters in the light paths of their TTL exposure meter and with autofocus lenses. Circular polarization has the same pictorial effect as linear polarization, but allows for proper exposure metering and/or autofocus distance settings.

B+W Polarizers increase color saturation and reduce reflections. The neutral gray color and plane parallel polarizer material guarantee optimal image results. High-quality optical glass ensures excellent pictorial quality. The filter factor varies according to how the filter is positioned in relation to the sun. Exposure compensation is about two f-stops.

Linear and circular polarizers both consist of a linear polarizer foil but differ in their construction in the following way. Modern DSLR cameras have a beam-splitting prism that sends part of the incoming light to the meter and part to the viewfinder. The effect is that the light entering the meter is partially polarized by the beam-splitter. A linear polarizer placed on the lens of such a system will act as a second polarizer and block light to the meter by a degree dependent on the angle between the prism and the polarizer on the lens. The result is incorrect exposure/aperture values from the meter. The circular polarizer circumvents this problem through the addition of a 1/4-wave retarder, or delay foil. This ensures that the linearly polarized light is changed into a rotation that appears unpolarized to the meter, resulting in proper exposure/aperture readings.

MRC - A Special Scratch-Resistant, Water and Dirt Repelling Coating

Filter with half MRC coating and half conventional coating.
The left half of this filter has a
traditional coating. The right half
has MRC coating.

The lens elements of high-quality lenses and the plano surfaces of filters require a perfect shape and smoothness to achieve the best optical quality. Dirt, greasy fingerprints, water marks and scratches reduce the image contrast and the sharpness, which can result in blooming at light sources and have an effect similar to a soft-focus lens. A clean front lens element and clean filter surfaces are therefore an absolute pre-requisite for demanding photographers.

MRC coating causes water to bead up and slide right off.
MRC coating causes water
to bead up and slide right off.

The MRC coating is first and foremost a broadband anti-reflection coating. This means that its reflection-reducing effect, which is thus also a transmission-increasing effect, i.e. one which suppresses scattered light and ghost images and transmits more light, has a broadband action over the full spectrum. In contrast, the (almost always blue) single-layer coating only has a high effect in the medium wavelength range around yellow and yellow-green where the eye is most sensitive to light, while its effect is greatly reduced toward the blue-violet and purple-red end regions of the visible spectrum. With the MRC coating, this blue, violet and red to deep-red light cannot produce any contrast reducing scattered light, spotty reflections or ghost images. A broadband effect can only be achieved with a multilayer coating which requires a much higher effort and precision because unevenness and irregularities of the individual layers build up on one another and amplify one another. Schneider therefore uses a plasma-assisted evaporation coating process in which inert gas ions accelerated in an electrical field compact the material deposited on the lens surface in the vacuum chamber.

For photographers, the main advantage of MRC coating, is it's ability to combat flare and ghosting. An added benefit is that their filters remain free of dirt longer, so that they do not have to be cleaned so often. When cleaning the filter does become necessary, it is a lot easier to wipe off the dirt with a blower brush, because of MRC's ability to repel dirt and moisture. This also reduces the risk of micro-scratches which can occur during cleaning.

Side view of F-Pro Rotating Mount.
Side view of F-Pro Rotating
Mount. Click for larger view.

F-Pro Brass Filter Mount

This filter uses a rotating B+W F-Pro filter mount for added creative options. The mount has a front accessory thread and is made of brass. Compared to the earlier standard mount, the F-Pro mount, introduced in 2001, has become thinner. Now it can be used with wide angle lenses, including most 24mm focal lengths on a full frame body, without vignetting. Another advantage of the F-Pro mount is its modified retaining ring, which is no longer threaded in from the front, but holds the filter glass in place from the back. When removing a filter or lens hood that has been screwed on too tight to the filter, the retaining ring is not at risk of loosening.

Product Description

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Customer Questions & Answers

Customer Reviews

It may be pricey for a filter, but trust me, it's well worth every penny!
MyBeesWax
It removes reflections from the light and gives more intense colors, gives a blue sky and enhances the clouds.
Judy Sardello
Build quality is very high and the level of rotating friction feels just right.
Jesse R. Hunter

Most Helpful Customer Reviews

86 of 88 people found the following review helpful By Jesse R. Hunter on June 4, 2007
Size Name: 77mm
I've owned 5 different B+W MRC filters and all have been excellent. This filter is no exception. The polarizing capacity is very strong with this filter and it does an excellent job of reducing glare, reducing blue polarized light in the sky, reducing reflection, etc. Build quality is very high and the level of rotating friction feels just right.

The MRC designation is your cue that this filter will not produce ghost images when used on digital SLRs due to an anti-reflectivity coating put on both surfaces of the glass. Hence the large increase in price when the MRC designation is present.
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133 of 141 people found the following review helpful By Larry K on April 2, 2006
Size Name: 77mm
Ever wondered how some pictures get that really dark blue sky in them? It's really as easy screwing on a MRC Polarizer filter, and while you're at it you might as well use the B+W.

Polarizer filters increase the saturation as seen by the camera which helps to make the deep colors you see in photo books. Additionally, a Polarizer filter will remove haze from outdoor shots making them sharper AND will cut reflection from water, windows, and foliage - something you can't do yourself afterwards with Photoshop.

Keep in mind that using a filter like this will decrease your light by two stops and that you have to rotate the filter every time you move to ensure you're getting the right effect. Also, you have to use a filter like this only under the right conditions. Most of the time you won't need it but when you do it will make your picture A LOT better.

Since you're attaching a filter to the end of your lens you're introducing the possibility of degrading the final image. While you can use a B+W (or a Heliopan) filter with any lens BEWARE of using the cheap filters you find at your local camera store. If you're taking pictures that are important to you it is absolutely worth the extra money to get a good filter for your lens.
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75 of 82 people found the following review helpful By Paul M. Provencher VINE VOICE on December 22, 2009
Size Name: 58mm Verified Purchase
There are a number of things you can do to modify a digital image using digital image editing programs. Lots of special effects may easily be added after the image has been made. But polarizing filters are almost magical. You see, they cut reflections and glare, and provide images with more rich colors, and for everything except metal, reduced glare and reflection. These are things that can be difficult or impossible to do, no matter how good you are with a digital image editing program.

Yes, the filter is costly. Magic never comes cheaply. In fact, the filter is made to rotate once installed so there are extra moving parts not found on most filters. Then there is the high-quality coating that helps with flare caused by the filter. There's a cost for this too. But when all is said and done, it's worth every last penny of the cost for the results you can get.

The circular polarizer is necessary for single-lens-reflex (SLR) cameras that use auto-focus and metering systems because many of these cameras' systems would be adversely affected by linear polarizing filters. So if you have a recent, auto-focus, through-the-lens metering camera, you probably should be using a circular polarizing filter - check your camera manual if you are not sure.

This in my experience is the most useful filter available and worth every penny. Unlike the Skylight or UV filters sold because "you need to protect your lens" or "cut UV-haze". Just remember that todays modern lenses have very hard glass, hard lens coatings, and that almost no UV rays pass through glass and today's multi-coated lenses. Unlike the polarizing filter, the Skylight and UV filters are a waste of your money unless you are truly shooting in a very hostile environment. Save the money you would have spent on these profit makers for the camera store and buy a filter that will actually make an immediate difference in your photography - a polarizing filter!
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25 of 25 people found the following review helpful By Craig Dickson on April 4, 2009
Size Name: 52mm Verified Purchase
I have circular polarizers by a few other manufacturers (Sigma, Hoya, and one that has no name on it that came with a used lens I bought), and of the lot, I like the B+W the best. Its optical quality is excellent (one takes this for granted with B+W): no visible distortion, with good multi-coating to reduce flare. It is also wonderfully well constructed. It screws into place on my lens very smoothly. The rotating ring is damped a bit more than the ones on my other polarizers, requiring a little more effort to turn -- not so much as to be difficult or annoying, but enough to give it the feeling of a very solid, precision-made instrument that won't drift out of position by itself.

B+W filters are not cheap, but they're the best.
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18 of 18 people found the following review helpful By E TOP 1000 REVIEWER on September 14, 2007
Size Name: 52mm
I bought this filter after owning a number of other CL Polarizing filters. When I took this filter out of the packaging, I could tell it was exceptionally well-made. The glass is clean and the case is metal. I will not buy another brand of filter anymore.
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22 of 23 people found the following review helpful By Eric Romaine TOP 500 REVIEWERVINE VOICE on February 1, 2009
Size Name: 77mm
My story: Started with cheap polarizer. Used it for years. Then I bought this one. Now I know what a REAL polarizer will do - EVENLY COLORED SKIES! The cheap ones give uneven color in the sky. Yuck. Just skip the cheapie and go straight for the good stuff.
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23 of 26 people found the following review helpful By Jason Wagner on July 8, 2007
Size Name: 77mm Verified Purchase
Great quality in B+W and no complaints with this filter. It is lubricated so you can turn it and the oil made it onto on of my cleaning cloths. I guess this would happen with any circ. polarizer. Slight vingetting on wide angle (10mm-17mm) lenses. Get the slim one if it will bother you.
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