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77mm HOYA PRO1 Digital Filter Circular Polarizer PL DMC Filter
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- Wide Band Circular PL. Eliminates discoloration in the viewfinder
- DMC: Digital Multi-Coated Filter. Greatly reduces the appearance of lens flare and ghosting caused by reflections
- BAF: Black Almite Frame. a black matte aluminum satin finish almite frame which reduces reflections
- BRG: Black Rimmed Glass. reduces the chance of light reflecting off the edge
- LPF: Low Profile Frame. Ultra Thin Frames to help avoid vignetting on super wide angle lenses. These frames are do hold a lens cap
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|Item Dimensions||0.39 x 0.39 x 0.39 inches|
|Photo Filter Thread Size||77 mm|
|Shipping Weight||0.09 pounds|
Top Customer Reviews
That said, for the price, I think this is a good filter. Mine was for a wide-angle lens (the Tokina 12-24), so a slim filter was necessary to prevent vignetting. The consequence of having a slim mount is ... it's SLIM! Other reviewers mentioned that it's hard to grip and thread. <shrug> I don't have the most nimble of fingers, but I really didn't have a hard time. Just be aware that when you rotate the front lens, you need to take care not to rotate the WHOLE thing and unthread it. Other slim-mount CPs have the same issue - I'd rather have to take a leeeettle extra care than have to deal with fixing vignetting in photoshop. Don't use force to make it thread into the lens or a step-up ring - do it slowly and treat it as if you spent a hundred and twenty bucks on it.Read more ›
There are two significant weaknesses with this filter:
1) the edges you must hold to tighten the filter on the lens are very small, and it is very difficult to get the lens on tight enough so that it does not easily screw off your lens.
2) the multi-coating on the front of the filter is not the best quality. Mine scratched using a lens cloth ON THE FIRST TIME! Very minor damage to the coating, but certainly not what I expected--at this price!
Also, the standard Canon lens cap barely catches a thread, so I would recommend an over-the-edge cap, avaialble through Hoya.
Again, a good filter, but . . . .
My problem with cleaning the polarizers' glass surfaces: When a drop of rain or some spray from a garden's water fountain landed on the polarizer, I could spend 10 minutes wiping the filter and all I did was move smears all over the place; I COULD NOT get the glass clean!!! When shooting into nighttime street lights, the sun, or other light sources, the smears really hurt image quality. It was like shooting through a dirty window.
My tests involved putting a wet fingerprint and some saliva (sometimes you try to blow dust from the filter and you end up depositing some spit on it!) on the front and rear faces of each polarizer. The Hoya HD MC 8-layer placed 2nd easiest to clean: Five seconds of cleaning with a cloth and it was good as new.
Number 1 winner was the Heliopan polarizer ($153.00): it almost cleaned itself! HOWEVER, it was not a thin-ring mount, and it heavily vignetted the corners of my lens at 24mm.
The number 2 winner, the Hoya HD MC 8-layer is a thin-ring design so any vignetting is a minor problem (it's as good as it's going to get).
In third place was the Hoya DMC PRO1 polarizer.
In fourth place was the Heliopan SH-PMC.
In last place was the B+W Multi-coated which was absolutely terrible (as bad as my previous Nikon polarizers which I returned to Nikon who refunded my purchase price (thank you, Nikon!).Read more ›
I've bought several Hoya UV filters before without complaints; not much jazz with UV filters anyways. Looking at polarizers I was big on price while still owning something decent. I believe this filter does a great job despite the aluminum ring with its less than smooth operation when attaching to a lens. A B+W or Heliopan filter usually has a brass ring and I like it.
Image performance with the Hoya filter was fine for me. I attached it to a Canon EF-S 10-22mm ultra-wide angle lens and barely saw any vignetting if any in the lower ranges. Most of my shots were 17-20mm with a small aperture when I used the lens. I grabbed several nice shots for the maiden voyage with this filter - I took it to Iceland. Shots with water came out really nice because I do not like the white light reflection when the sun is out. Plus, I could shot near water and obtain an image that can see into the water for a special effect. You can't do that in post processing!
Bottom line, Hoya has its place in my heart for cost and good performance where if I want to splurge after purchasing an expensive lens I may be looking at B+W or Heliopan.
Most Recent Customer Reviews
Its a polarizer. It does what its supposed to do with no degradation in image quality. The filter is a little thin and I would highly suggest purchasing a filter wrench with this... Read morePublished 1 month ago by Curtis M. Kularski
I high recommend this to anybody who does outdoor photography! I specialized in automotive photography and this is a life saver when it comes to blocking out the reflection on the... Read morePublished 2 months ago by William
I ordered this at Target online on Black Friday with free shipping and I am happy to say that I love it. Read morePublished 2 months ago by Kira Cochran
Does what it's supposed to do. I've used it a few times and I'm really happy!Published 3 months ago by Amazon Customer
I have used Hoya filters for years and have always found them to be resilient to scratches. I badly scratched the coating of this filter in the first few days of using it during a... Read morePublished 5 months ago by Sarah M.