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Hoya 62mm Pro-1 Digital Circular Polarizing Filter
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- Polarizing filter for colour contrast and enhancement without affecting overall colour balance
- Digital multi-coated filters greatly reduce the appearance of lens flare and ghosting caused by reflections
- Black matte aluminum satin finish almite frame which reduces reflections
- Equipped with black rimmed glass to reduce the chance of light reflecting off the edge
- Ultra thin filter frames to help avoid vignetting on super wide angle lenses also designed to hold a lens cap
- Straight knurling edge for non-slip, easy attachment and removal
- To fit 62 mm thread size
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Size: 62 mm
Light rays which are reflected by any surface can become polarised so polarising filters are used to select which light rays enter your camera lens. CIRCULAR PL filters allow you to remove unwanted reflections from non-metallic surfaces such as water, glass etc. They also enable colors to become more saturated and appear clearer with better contrast. This effect is often used to increase the contrast and saturation in blue skies and white clouds. HOYA's polarising filters do not affect the overall color balance of a shot.
Digital multi-coated filters greatly reduce the appearance of lens flare and ghosting caused by reflections.
Black Almite Frame
Filters feature a black matte aluminum satin finish almite frame which reduces reflections.
Black Rimmed Glass
These filters are equipped with black rimmed glass to reduce the chance of light reflecting off the edge.
Low Profile Frame
Ultra thin filter frames to help avoid vignetting on super wide angle lenses are also designed to hold a lens cap.
Knurling Edge Frame
These filters are equipped with a straight knurling edge for non-slip, easy attachment and removal.
UV Protected Case
Filter cases are UV protected to further lengthen the life of filters.
HOYA Corporation has diversified its operations by capitalizing on the potential of optoelectronic technologies since its establishment in 1941 as Japan's first specialty manufacturer of optical glass. Today, Hoya is active in four fields of business: Information Technology business makes mask blanks and photomasks for semiconductor devices and liquid crystal panels, optical lenses, and glass memory disks for hard disk drives. The Eye Care provides eyeglasses and operates contact lenses retail shops, as well as makes intraocular lenses for cataract surgery. The Life Care Business provides endoscopic system. The Imaging System produces SLR/compact digital cameras and interchangeable lenses as well as digital camera lens module and microlens.
The Production Process of HOYA Filters
Each Hoya filter is the result of research, know-how and complete precision facilities backed by full quality control.
Before production starts, controls are first programmed into a computer. Then the finest materials are carefully mixed by an automatic V-blender for absolute uniformity. After being melted with highly sophisticated equipment, this material is then precision molded with automatic direct pressing equipment. The pressed blanks are next slowly and continuously cooled to remove strain, and are then polished by high-speed, double-surface polishing machines that assure precise surface quality and perfect flatness.
Next is the coating process which improves the filter light transmission ability. And the transmission characteristics are checked by Spectro-Photometer, after which an ultrasonic cleaner removes all foreign matter from the surfaces. Only after passing all of Hoya's quality tests are the filters assembled, finished and made ready for shipment to customers throughout the world.
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Top Customer Reviews
The filter's slim profile helps eliminate vignetting and the fact that the knurled ring which threads into the camera lens is marginally larger than the setting ring makes life easier when removing it. Shall be after the 77mm version for my wide-angle zoom now!
The only problem I had was ensuring I'd get the filter I wanted. There were variations to choose from and the wording provided by the web site suppliers differed enough to create an element of confusion when the same filter was being described.
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.
If you have a super wide angle lens, then this is certainly the filter you need.
One of my most used lenses, the pro Nikkor 17-35mm f2.8 that I use on my full-frame Nikon D700, is about the widest angle of view available in a lens that has front mounted filters. 104 degrees diagonally - that is a lot of blue sky and a deeply saturated colour landscape, especially a seascape with brightly coloured boats, for example can be quite simply transformed into a tropical paradise - from an average sunny day in England.
It's a slim filter - which means minimal vignetting in the corners at 17mm (though not as slim as that Sigma) and is sturdily made. It's used almost all the time, when the conditions suit.
I've used polarisers most of my photographic career and would always sing their praises. However, they can be frighteningly expensive, almost as much as some new lenses. Very cheap ones (I review a Hama one, for example) literally aren't up to the job and cause frustration when they fall apart after only a few photographic excursions.
Do remember this - when tilting the camera from a vertical to a horizontal shot, the angle is changed and so is the polarisation. Though a bore, you do have to rotate the filter to get the best effect for each photo and deep lenshoods on telezooms can be a bit of a nightmare - but I always take the trouble. Look out also for zoom lenses that boast 'a non rotating front element', usually they've got 'internal focussing, or IF', so watch out for that in a lens' description - that way, once you've got the right effect and then change composition by zooming, you won't have to reset the polariser.
Most Recent Customer Reviews
I had read the reviews saying these were difficult to get on and off your lens and disregarded the comments. DONT! Read morePublished 8 days ago by stephen ferguson
Excellent polarised lens. Really takes out the glare on photos, and the sky really defined.Published 9 days ago by Lainy
Great value and excellent quality polariser - almost permanent attachment to my Canon EFS 18-75.Published 20 days ago by V. Mak