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I finally got it, yay.



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What's so great about B+W filters? I'm not terribly in the know about them.
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They are expensive, so they are good.
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they are expensive, so they are good.
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What's so great about B+W filters? I'm not terribly in the know about them.
You won't ever get a bad B+W filter, ever. Consistent high quality, that's what you pay for. There are other very high quality (and less expensive) brands though, like Hoya, Cokin, Tiffen, even Promaster makes some highly-rated filters.
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Other brand I like is Heliopan. Don't like Hoya though, filters tend to smear when wiped and quality seems pretty inconsistent (for example, seeing one filter not having the coating reach one of the sides).
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Okay, makes sense. My dad's used Hoya UV filters on his lenses for years, and he's always liked them. Just for kicks, he picked up a 52mm CPL from the Ritz that's going out of business near us. $10, so he figured it was worth it.
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Other brand I like is Heliopan. Don't like Hoya though, filters tend to smear when wiped and quality seems pretty inconsistent (for example, seeing one filter not having the coating reach one of the sides).
Yeah, that's the compromise I made when I got a Promaster 77mm Wide CPL, paid $70 for it. It's weird though because when I cleaned it one day, holding up to the light, I noticed streaks, like water drops had ran slowly across the glass. Turns out that these streaks are permanent, perhaps the coating was allowed the run before drying. Fortunately it doesn't seem the affect the image quality at all.

I wanted the B+W wide CPL 77mm, but it's $192.00.
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I just bought a 77mm Hoya "HD" circular polarizer (~$210 US) because it was supposedly the newest and latest and greatest. Checked it out and it seemed to perform fine, multi coating, less light loss all seemed good until I started looking at some 1:1 scale aspects of some shots and saw tons of diffusion or random noise. I thought something was wrong with my camera/lens.

Nope, it was the latest and greatest Hoya CP!!! Visual inspection showed absolutely nothing wrong, but it funked up my results big time. It's on its way back to the shop in NY I purchased it from and they're sending me the new Nikon "low profile" 77mm CP. Light loss is supposedly 1.5 stops as opposed to the usual 2.

It may just have been a bad filter, but I trust Nikon and B+W to always provide pro quality filters.

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Any thoughts Kenko filter's then?

Local options only seem to be Hoya and Kenko.
Aden Camera carries Nikon Filters, but I can't afford that for the life of me.
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