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Go with the best,
This review is from: B+W 77mm Kaesemann Circular Polarizer with Multi-Resistant Coating (Electronics)
Hands down the best polarizer I've ever used. Very solid construction and outstanding glass.
Why spend thousands, or even hundreds for that matter, on a lens and then stick a sub-standard piece of glass on the front. That makes absolutely no sense to me at all. Your image is only going to be as good as your weakest link. And a shoddy filter is a weak link indeed.
You really do get what you pay for and this is no exception. It may seem a bit pricey but it could very well be the last one you'll ever have to buy...just make sure you get one that fits your largest lens and step down from there.
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Initial post: Jan 21, 2009 9:41:30 PM PST
Thomas Messinger says:
Thanks for the review. As a shopper it would be helpful for you to state specifically what makes this a better filter than others.
Posted on Feb 2, 2009 4:25:41 PM PST
Last edited by the author on Jul 6, 2009 12:30:03 PM PDT
G. Wagstaff says:
Well...OK... As I stated earlier: Very solid construction and outstanding glass. But I'll elaborate...
First off, the glass. B+W gets their glass from Schott, one of the finest glass makers in the world. Period.
Second: B+W purchased the Käsemann company several years ago. They not only produced the highest quality polarizing materials, but there were especially known for their consistency & neutral color.
Third: The process they use to apply/cement the polarizing materials practically guarantees the filter will NOT delaminate. Even under the most extreme conditions. Why should that matter...it might not...today. But where will you be shooting in 5 years..? I have shot, and will shoot, in some demanding locations. A B+W filter has NEVER let me down.
Fourth: They use brass rings instead of the more common, and cheaper, aluminum. Aluminum can distort & even bind to the filter threads on a lens. Brass is much less likely to distort/bend and also much less likely to bind.
Like I said you get what you pay for here...but it REALLY could be the last one you will ever buy. Short of dropping it off the side of a ship in the ocean (read: losing it) they're darn near bullet proof and can last a lifetime...probably several.
Just for the record: I do NOT work for B+W/Schneider Optics, nor do I get any sort of kickback/sponsorship/yada yada... I just happen to believe they are amongst the best and rely on them on a regular basis.
In reply to an earlier post on Oct 9, 2010 11:54:52 AM PDT
E. D. Hensley says:
Thanks for posting that elaboration. As someone who didn't know that background, it's very helpful--both generally and specifically about this filter. (I didn't know where the "Käsemann" came from.)
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