Polariser Brand Question

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Can someone please recommend the better Polariser between a B+W Slim and the Nikon Slim.
I was using a Hoya until now, but always have problems unscrewing it off the lens. Is this because the Hoya frame is plastic and not metal ?
Are there any other brands to consider ?
Will aprreciate all advice and thanks.
 
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The B+W is brass and you won't have any problem unscrewing. Very solid feel compared to the cheapies. I don't know about the Nikon as all my filters are B+W. I think the cheaper filters are aluminum and tend to bind easily.
 
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Thanks for the tip. Will wait for some Nikon users to comment too. I beleive one of these brands has some problem with fixing a lens cap or something.
 
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I have the Nikon CPL-II, or whatever it's called. It's a nice filter. I had used Hoya filters in the past but I found that the Hoya CPL affected the color, which the Nikon doesn't seem to. I also had the problem with getting the Hoya filter screwed on/off sometimes, but haven't noticed any problems with the Nikon filter.

One thing I really like about the Nikon CPL is that even though it's a "slim" polarizer it still has just enough of a front lip to allow you to use a regular lens cap. I absolutely hate slim filters that require their own special slip-on lens cap. In my experience they should actually be called slip-off caps because that's what they always do.
 
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Thanks Jeff and Paul for your comments. Yeah, I would like to put on a lens cap when not in use, certainly. I believe you cannot do that in a B+W, CPL
 
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Thanks Jeff and Paul for your comments. Yeah, I would like to put on a lens cap when not in use, certainly. I believe you cannot do that in a B+W, CPL
I should point out I don't know for certain that's the case with the B+W slim filters as I've never used one. I just know that it's the case with many/most slim filters other than the Nikon.
 
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I second the Nikon Circular Polarizer option as well. I bought this model
Nikon NICP67 67mm Circular Polarizer Glass Filter II

I was able to put my pinch type lens cap on it without a problem.

I do have a Hoya ND which "sometimes" does not seem to thread as well. I am not sure if this is a characteristic of all Hoyas.

I also have a B&W stepup ring which threads perfectly fine and Nikon Close Up lens which thread perfectly as well (on a different lens of course).

The Nikon Circular Polarizer threads nicely and while I still have enough room to adjust the circular polarizer while my lens hood is on, it seems like it is a bit more difficult to quickly see the effect as my hands block most of the field of view. :)

Based on this, I would probably believe Hoya simply does not thread as well as the other vendors. That's just my initial impression though.
 
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There is a consensus amongst most vendors and I have asked around a bit to verify this , but they all claim Hoya makes all the filters for Nikon. i dont know how far this is true, or even if it is true, I am sure they must be quality controlling the stuff and must be having their own specs.
 
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filter brands

I use B+W and Nikon and can´t tell the difference. I had a Hoya from the expensive range. Optically very good, but difficault to clean the coated surface.
 
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Riki said:
There is a consensus amongst most vendors and I have asked around a bit to verify this , but they all claim Hoya makes all the filters for Nikon. i dont know how far this is true, or even if it is true, I am sure they must be quality controlling the stuff and must be having their own specs.
If that's true they are using the best glass for the Nikon filters. The top of the line Hoya CP imparts more of a color cast than the Nikon CP and the Hoya coating is much harder to clean. I have also read Hoya makes Nikon's filters but have to wonder if it's just internet rumor.

Phil
 

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