My Last Circular Polarizer Post



I posted an article about circular polarizing filters lately, letting you see some knowledge I obtained for Lensrentals once they have been reviewing which of the polarizing filters have been among the many greatest. I concluded that all of them polarized mild rather well.& I additionally stated that not one of the CPs I examined appeared to trigger optical issues at 200mm and underneath, that some transmitted extra mild than others, and that you can inform that simply by taking a look at them.

Which brings me to Roger’s First Rule of This Weblog.

Rule #1: I'm not liable for what another person says I stated. If I say one thing incorrect, I’ll right it. If they are saying I stated one thing I didn’t say to drive some click-bait, THEY stated it. Not me.

A bunch of individuals needed hardness checks, scratch resistance exams, mild scattering exams, torque checks, and a 5-year failure fee. I need a pony to experience on my yacht. Sadly, not one of the above is occurring.

An entire lot of different individuals requested me to check one thing out of the worth vary I used to be analyzing; primarily they needed to see how& cheap filters did. That was affordable, so& I purchased a few cheap CP filters and repeated the exams on them. You will want to take a look at the last article on the $100-$200 range filters to get some perspective earlier than taking a look at this.

In the present day’s Contestants Are:

  • Tiffen 77mm Round Polarizer & & & $35
  • Hoya 77mm HRT Round Polarizer UV & $45

These are the bottom worth CP filters I might discover. Each are apparently uncoated, aside from the CP movies. The Hoya states it's a high-transparency filter, just like the Marumi and B&W filters we examined beforehand.


Identical to the costlier filters, these two extinguished no less than 99.9% of polarized mild, which is the restrict of our measuring functionality. (Truly, we will measure one other decimal level or two, however I refuse to.)

Concerning the Glass

Identical to the costlier filters, the 2 low worth filters induced no distortion of our 5-micron pinhole at 200mm focal size. I've some query as as to if this check is legitimate for CP filters, nevertheless it’s the perfect I've.

Mild Transmission

For our ‘higher’ filters,& mild transmission within the nonpolarized place& was 88% to 91% for the high-transmission filters; from 55% to 68% for the opposite filters.

  • Tiffen CP & 38%
  • Hoya HRT & 53%

So primarily, the low-end filters transmit considerably much less mild than the costlier ones. Since they're uncoated, I might assume that distinction is reflection quite than absorption.


Please keep in mind we aren’t doing ‘absolute transmission’ by way of spectrometry right here. We’re merely wanting on the relative transmission of varied colours of sunshine. The graphs are a bit noisier as we speak as a result of I set the software program to common a smaller variety of runs accidentally. However it’s nonetheless enough to point out you the curves.


The transmission curve of the Hoya is just like the high-transmission filters we examined final time. It's blocking some violet, in addition to UV mild and will have a considerably heat look.

Olaf Optical Testing, 2017

Tiffen CP

The Tiffen curve is just like the opposite decrease transmission CP filters, however extra accentuated within the red-yellow dip and doubtless has a cooler coloured look.

Olaf Optica Testing, 2017




It will conclude my CP testing, I’ve came upon what I have to know, I’ve added what appears an inexpensive& bit of additional info, and I’m just about over it now.

However there’s not a lot query that so far as polarizing mild, low cost CP filters do it very properly. Additionally they, as you'd anticipate from uncoated or partially coated filters, mirror a LOT extra mild. This can be a vital challenge on a transparent or UV safety filter. I’m truthfully not assured if it’s as massive of& a deal for a polarizing filter.

There might nonetheless be reflections, ghosting, and doubtless shall be a lack of distinction. Whether or not considerably is just a little or lots, I don’t know. We might calculate it for a transparent filter, however I feel& polarization would scale back the& results considerably. I might anticipate, although, that you simply’d be extra more likely to see it within the ‘nonpolarized’ place, and in case you don’t want polarization, you'll be able to definitely take the filter off.


Roger Cicala and Aaron Closz

September, 2017