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Best "budget" filter!
on September 19, 2011
This filter performs not only as advertised, but on the level of more "professional" filters in the higher price range. As advertised, it is definitely multi-coated, and you can tell right out of the box when you hold it up to the light. Like any good multi-coated glass, it easily attracts dust because of the coating, but is also easily cleanable with a microfiber cloth. It's no different than having anti-glare coating on your prescription glasses in that regard.
In performance, it works great in two fields - Outside, obviously, where it retains the sharpness of your lens, and often enhances it. Meanwhile it eliminates any lens glare, letting you take pictures in even the brightest scenery.
The other area I found is incredibly useful in is capturing performances that feature a lot of bright, florescent stage lighting. This filter really worked out all my kinks when it comes to capturing concert photos, helping you balance colors and get clear crisp shots without the frustration of stage lighting mangling your image. So even in low aperture shots this lens does wonders. I find it to be much more effective than a lens hood when used alone, although using both in conjunction isn't a bad idea either if you have a hood for the lens you're shooting with.
Definitely a must-have filter for anything from kit lenses to medium-high-end lenses. If you're shooting with the best of the best high end lens - Well, then I'm sure you already own the "expensive" filters out there. However, if you're sitting in the middle and neither a beginner nor financially well off enough to afford the excessively priced gear out there, the Polaroid Optics outperforms anything else in it's price range.
I have yet to find a negative about this filter, and I never found a reason to take it off while shooting - Unlike other filters I have used, some of which that weren't even truly multi-coated as advertised, this lens has only sharpened up my shots - Never degraded, or softened them by any means.
Now, I must mention, I shoot with a Pentax K-r with various Pentax lenses. While I'm not shooting with a kit lens, I find that this filter works great with all of Pentax's 52mm lenses - So, as always, your mileage may vary depending on your gear. I have not tested it with Nikon/Canon lenses. But at this price, I don't really see what you have to lose; I imagine it will easily exceed your expectations, and as one of the less well known filters on Amazon, it seems to be a hidden (and rather untested) gem. From my experience it comes very highly recommended.