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A good quality "low profile" CPL filter
on 5 June 2015
I own a number of different makers for filters Hoya are one of the biggest brands out there, and in most ways it's justified with the consistency of their filters. However it's worth spending a little more on a better filter v the cheaper offerings from the maker. This one has a few advantages over the lower priced models firstly it is a low profile filter this will help with peripheral shading or corner darkening on lenses, some lenses have this naturally as a design compromise, so it's important to have a filter that won't make this worse hence the lower profile is more desirable.
More so for wider angle lenses, though do note that due to the nature of polarisation this will show more darkening on the edges for very wide angle lenses due to the angle of the sun. A CPL is very useful for reducing reflections on non metallic surfaces, increasing contrast and reducing the hazy look in some images. The Hoya has a satin effect finish which should help reduce reflections the MC designation means multi coatings this is an important difference over cheaper filters which will have less coatings the Hoya does very well dealing with bright light sources such as street lighting without any obvious addition of flare a common problem on cheaper filters.
Build is solid all around, some prefer brass threads but I've yet to have a problem with this filter (I'd avoid over tightening the filter as with any) rotation of the front section is also smooth. There are higher priced filters out there but this sits in a comfortable "mid range" price point and it performs very well, recommended.