Hoya 37mm Circular Polarizing Screw-in Filter
|Photo filter thread size||37 Millimeters|
|Photo filter effect type||Polarizer|
About this item
- Designed to adjust brightly reflected light especially sunlight (reflected off of water or snow) and reduce unwanted glare
- Creates dramatic sky/cloud contrast and saturates colours without changing colour balance
- Mount rotates to control amount of effect
- Coatings applied to both surfaces to suppress reflection and increase light transmission
- For use with autofocus cameras and lenses
- Product Dimensions : 3.7 x 3.7 x 0.4 cm; 45.36 Grams
- Date First Available : 7 November 2017
- Manufacturer : Hoya
- ASIN : B00009R95M
- Item Model Number : 1625
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These filters offer both amateur and professional photographers HOYA's famous quality at reasonable prices. They have coatings applied to both surfaces to suppress reflection and increase light transmission.
Light rays which are reflected become polarized. Polarizing filters are used to select which light rays enter your camera lens. They can remove unwanted reflections from non-metallic surfaces such as water or glass and also saturate colours providing better contrast. The effect can be seen through the viewfinder and changed by rotating the filter. The filter factor varies according to how the filter is rotated and its orientation to the sun. 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 polarizing filters do not affect the overall colour balance of a shot.
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I bought this item as a gift for a friend who is taking photography more seriously as he gets closer to retirement. He's never used a polariser before, but came back from a recent trip into the Yorkshire Dales with some lovely photos and heaping praise on the effects of his new polariser. Being a slimline one, to reduce the chances of vignetting at extreme wide-angles, he seems to have avoided that. (His widest-angle lens is10mm, fitted to an APS-C sensor camera). However, it's a zoom lens, 10-20mm, and I'm not sure if any of the shots he took were at the widest setting. So beware of how you interpret this review, in that sense.
Having personally been a Hoya Filter user for many years, I had no reservations about the optical quality failing to meet his requirements.
Based on his feedback and my own personal experience of using Hoya, I'm happy to endorse this product.
The polarising effect is very effective, and this aspect can certainly be recommended. It is just a shame that it cannot be used on the quite limited range of the zoom lens.
I have never experienced any distortion, unwanted artefacts or any other problems during their use and this is no different.
I did once allow myself to be persuaded to purchase a couple of digital filters which together cost as much as another lens but could see no visible difference between them and any standard filter. Consequently, I now stick to these.
Perfect also for video shooting. Especially through glass as it cuts the reflections pretty easy.
I tested this filter next to the pro version of a friend (also from Hoya) and the difference was almost not visible. Only at the edges, were the image was closer to the bright sun (and not 90 degress as you are suppose to be with the CPL filters), the pro version had better performance. This version had different blue between the edge that was close to the sun and the edge that was far away (left - right edge of the photo). The pro version also had this effect but in less degree (the blue was more consistent accross the image).
Very good for the price.
Please note that similar to the result of this filter is also the "through glass" preset mode that many modern digital cameras have. So you may want to also try this in case you seek for the deep blue of the sky but you are not willing to spend any money.
However the polarized filter helps you to fix all the colours (e.g. also the green in a forest) in a more natural way.