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B+W 58mm Kaesemann Circular Polarizer MRC Filter

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B+W 58mm Kaesemann Circular Polarizer MRC Filter

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Product Highlights

  • Helps to Eliminate Reflections and Glare
  • Reduces Haze and Blue Cast in Landscapes
  • Greater Color and Tonal Saturation
  • High Efficiency Kaesemann Foils
  • MRC Multi-Resistant Coating
  • Rugged Brass Filter Ring
  • High Quality Schott Glass
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The B+W 58mm Kaesemann Circular Polarizer MRC Filter helps to reduce reflections and glare by filtering out light that has become polarized due to reflection from a non-metallic surface. The light from the sun naturally becomes partially polarized due to reflecting off electrons in air molecules, causing the light to scatter into what appears as haze. A polarizing filter arranges, and filters, this directionally polarized light perpendicularly to the reflected light, allowing for the absorption of much of this light. This results in a noticeable reduction of glare and reflections from non-metallic surfaces and an increase in the saturation of skies and foliage.

A circular polarizer only differs from a linear polarizer in that it contains a quarter wave plane in addition to the linear polarizing filter. The addition of this quarter wave plane is to circularly polarize the linearly polarized light for the use of auto focus and exposure functions. Due to how the light is broken down and filtered with a linear polarizer, auto focus and exposure accuracy become skewed during use. When the light becomes circularly polarized, it permits the use of these functions.

Kaesemann-type filters feature greater optical efficiency than regular polarizing foils and are more neutral in color. The polarizing foils are cemented between plano-parallel optical glass layers, which are then precision-polished to achieve the most accurate plano-parallel surface. This edge sealing protects the filter layers from humidity and are ideal for use with high-speed telephoto and apochromatic lenses.

The Multi-Resistant Coating (MRC) is both an anti-reflection coating as well as a protective surface. It helps to increase light transmission by reducing reflections, scattered light, and ghosting. Additionally, it offers greater protection to the filter substrate and stays cleaner for longer than uncoated filters.

B+W filters are constructed from high quality Schott glass for increased optical clarity and color fidelity. They feature a brass filter ring for durability as well as jamming prevention.

Helps to reduce reflections and glare by filtering out light that has become polarized due to reflection from a non-metallic surface.
Polarizing filters arrange, and filter, directionally polarized light perpendicularly to the reflected light, allowing for the absorption of much of the light.
Clears up haze in distant landscapes and provides more saturated, vivid colors.
Strongest effect when used at a 90° from the sun.
Circular polarizers are ideal for use with digital cameras and autofocus lenses where a linear polarizer will often disrupt auto exposure and focus features.
Kaesemann polarizing foils provide highly neutral coloring and higher image quality than conventional polarizing foils.
Multi-Resistant Coating offers both protection to the glass and helps to improve light transmission and image quality.
Constructed from high quality Schott glass for optical clarity.
Brass filter ring helps to prevent jamming and provides additional strength.
Type Circular polarizer
Size 58 mm
Filter Factor About 2.5 (1.3 stops)
Multi-Coated Yes, MRC (Multi-Resistant Coating)
Rotating Yes
Effect Eliminates reflections and haze and improves color and tonal saturation
Construction Schott glass
Front Filter Thread Size 58 mm
Front Lens Cap Size 58 mm
B+W 58mm Kaesemann Circular Polarizer MRC Filter
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    B+W58mm Kaesemann Circular Polarizer MRC Filter
     
    4.6

    (based on 26 reviews)

    Ratings Distribution

    • 5 Stars

       

      (17)

    • 4 Stars

       

      (8)

    • 3 Stars

       

      (1)

    • 2 Stars

       

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    96%

    of respondents would recommend this to a friend.

    Pros

    • Clear optics (20)
    • Firm mount (19)
    • Strong construction (19)
    • Consistent effect (12)
    • Easily mounted (10)

    Cons

      Best Uses

      • Color correction (10)
      • Lens protection (4)
      • Image manipulation (3)
        • Reviewer Profile:
        • Photo enthusiast (11), Casual photographer (5), Semi-pro photographer (5)
        • Was this a gift?:
        • No (17)

      Most Liked Positive Review

       

      Great Product!

      I bought my first DSLR (Canon Rebel XSi with kit lens) a couple months ago and I'm trying to get into photography. I had it in my mind when I bought my camera...Read complete review

      I bought my first DSLR (Canon Rebel XSi with kit lens) a couple months ago and I'm trying to get into photography. I had it in my mind when I bought my camera that I wanted a circular polarizer, but I had my doubts about their usefulness, thinking whatever function they serve could be replicated during post processing. Well, I'll admit, I was wrong.

      Although I love the ability to turn the filter to vary the saturation of the skies, which can be replicated during post, to an extent, my favorite thing about it is the ability to cut down glare to see through glass. Most of my picture taking involves cars as the subject, and using this filter I can adjust to see through the windshield, rather than the windshield appearing as a glowing white sheet of glare, especially when the windshield is dirty.

      My only real concern about using this was the possibility of vignetting, but it hasn't been an issue at all. I haven't seen any vignetting in any of the pictures I've taken.

      The only "not so great" thing about this filter would be the cost, I guess. But, from past experiences with a variety of products, it often seems to be less expensive in the long run if you just spring for a better quality product in the beginning. In the case of photography equipment, particularly filters and lenses, lower quality products can negatively effect the quality of the pictures.

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      Most Liked Negative Review

       

      Not worth the money...

      This filter works, but I compared it to my less expensive Tiffen Cir. Polarizer and couldn't really see a difference between the photos. It is hard to justify the price difference.

      This filter works, but I compared it to my less expensive Tiffen Cir. Polarizer and couldn't really see a difference between the photos. It is hard to justify the price difference.

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      4.0

      Why not the best?

      By Catmn5

      from Manchester NH

      About Me Photography Student

      Verified Buyer

      Pros

      • Clear Optics
      • Easily Mounted
      • Firm Mount
      • Strong Construction

      Cons

        Best Uses

        • Color Correction

        Comments about B+W 58mm Kaesemann Circular Polarizer MRC Filter:

        I'm no expert on optics, but when I pay about $2k for glass, why risk cheap protection/optical performance in front of it?I do a lot of cold weather (winter at altitude in New England) photography. The Kaesemann seal really appeals to me. The last thing I need is my optics frosting on me!Glare, especially in the snow, is a huge factor shooting in those conditions. The polarizing filter really helps there. But I need to know that I have the best possible product in front of my glass when I schlep it up about 4000 vertical feet during a 4-5 hour hike.I'll leave it at 4 stars until I've used it more and let someone else, who really knows their stuff, give it 5.

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        5.0

        excellent and worth the money.

        By SIMPLYNICKO

        from NEW YORK

        About Me Casual Photographer

        Verified Buyer

        Pros

        • Clear Optics
        • Consistent Effect
        • Easily Mounted
        • Firm Mount
        • Strong Construction

        Cons

          Best Uses

            Comments about B+W 58mm Kaesemann Circular Polarizer MRC Filter:

            spend the extra money and just buy this. you won't open the package wondering how you got scammed.

            it has a heft, its smooth to operate, cleans easily, and produces excellent images.

            i'm using it in greece where salt water spray is a frequent issue. the filter has been excellent.

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            5.0

            Solid quality, solid results

            By Sheen

            from Birmingham, MI

            About Me Semi-pro Photographer

            Verified Buyer

            Pros

            • Clear Optics
            • Consistent Effect
            • Easily Mounted
            • Firm Mount
            • Strong Construction

            Cons

              Best Uses

                Comments about B+W 58mm Kaesemann Circular Polarizer MRC Filter:

                Solid performance, easy to screw on to camera and rotate to desired depth. Works well in bright light and also helps bring out beautiful clouds, richer colors. Use for bright conditions.

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                5.0

                Great

                By MS

                from Los Angeles, CA

                About Me Photo Enthusiast

                Verified Buyer

                Pros

                • Clear Optics
                • Consistent Effect
                • Strong Construction

                Cons

                  Best Uses

                    Comments about B+W 58mm Kaesemann Circular Polarizer MRC Filter:

                    Great polarizer with good build quality.

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                    • No

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                    5.0

                    Must have accessory

                    By jfc

                    from Weymouth, MA

                    About Me Casual Photographer

                    Verified Buyer

                    Pros

                    • Clear Optics
                    • Firm Mount
                    • Strong Construction

                    Cons

                    • NO Cons

                    Best Uses

                    • Landscape And Water

                    Comments about B+W 58mm Kaesemann Circular Polarizer MRC Filter:

                    This is a must for all bright water shots or any landscape with bright sun and glare. Build quality is also excellent.

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                    • No

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                    4.0

                    Quality

                    By Karen

                    from Montana

                    About Me Photography Student

                    Verified Buyer

                    Pros

                    • Consistent Effect
                    • Easily Mounted
                    • Firm Mount
                    • Strong Construction

                    Cons

                      Best Uses

                      • Color Correction
                      • Image Manipulation
                      • Lens Protection
                      • UV Protection

                      Comments about B+W 58mm Kaesemann Circular Polarizer MRC Filter:

                      I have had great results with this polarizer. I take a lot of landscape photos and this filter has given me great results with the color.

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                      5.0

                      THE ONE TO GET

                      By Charley

                      from Surprise AZ

                      About Me Photo Enthusiast

                      Verified Buyer

                      Pros

                      • Clear Optics
                      • Consistent Effect
                      • Easily Mounted
                      • Firm Mount
                      • Strong Construction

                      Cons

                        Best Uses

                        • Color Correction

                        Comments about B+W 58mm Kaesemann Circular Polarizer MRC Filter:

                        Incredibly well made. Looks and feels indestructible. Great polarizer. Fits my Nikon 50mm G lens well

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                        (1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

                         
                        5.0

                        Good Product

                        By TerriB

                        from North Texas

                        About Me Photo Enthusiast

                        Verified Buyer

                        Pros

                        • Clear Optics
                        • Consistent Effect
                        • Easily Mounted
                        • Firm Mount
                        • Smooth
                        • Strong Construction

                        Cons

                          Best Uses

                            Comments about B+W 58mm Kaesemann Circular Polarizer MRC Filter:

                            I only have experience with this CP and another very cheap model. This one is far superior to what I had before. Mostly in that it turns smoothly and does not easily unscrew if turned in that direction. I am not a filter expert but did my research before buying and feel that it is a very good product at a reasonable price.

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                            • No

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                            (2 of 2 customers found this review helpful)

                             
                            4.0

                            Goodie

                            By TJ

                            from Kuwait

                            About Me Photo Enthusiast

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                            Verified Buyer

                            Pros

                            • Clear Optics
                            • Easily Mounted
                            • Firm Mount

                            Cons

                              Best Uses

                              • Artwork
                              • Image Manipulation

                              Comments about B+W 58mm Kaesemann Circular Polarizer MRC Filter:

                              Nice filter and it comes with its own plastic box suitable for storage. However, it would be a good idea to have a marker on the rotating disk to indicate the direction of polarizing - this way it would be good to be used with a speedlite attached to its own polarizer.
                              A little paper or booklet including tips on how to use the polarizer (though it might be a common knowledge by now) I think would be useful too.

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                              4.0

                              This is a great filter

                              By RAB

                              from Carroll, IA

                              About Me Semi-pro Photographer

                              Verified Buyer

                              Pros

                              • Clear Optics
                              • Consistent Effect
                              • Easily Mounted
                              • Firm Mount
                              • Strong Construction

                              Cons

                                Best Uses

                                • Color Correction

                                Comments about B+W 58mm Kaesemann Circular Polarizer MRC Filter:

                                I use this filter on my 100m macro lense.

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                                • No

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                                (1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

                                 
                                5.0

                                Very high quality

                                By george4908

                                from Bethesda, MD

                                About Me Casual Photographer

                                Verified Buyer

                                Pros

                                • Clear Optics
                                • Consistent Effect
                                • Easily Mounted
                                • Firm Mount
                                • Strong Construction

                                Cons

                                  Best Uses

                                    Comments about B+W 58mm Kaesemann Circular Polarizer MRC Filter:

                                    I don't have a lab for running optical tests, but I know if I buy B+W filters, I don't have to worry about the quality. Not cheap, but the best rarely is.

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                                    • No

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                                    (2 of 2 customers found this review helpful)

                                     
                                    5.0

                                    Reeks of Quality

                                    By Knest

                                    from Western MA

                                    About Me Semi-pro Photographer

                                    Verified Buyer

                                    Pros

                                    • Clear Optics
                                    • Consistent Effect
                                    • Smooth movement
                                    • Strong Construction

                                    Cons

                                    • Slight vignetting at 28mm

                                    Best Uses

                                    • Enhance color saturation
                                    • Glare removal

                                    Comments about B+W 58mm Kaesemann Circular Polarizer MRC Filter:

                                    Excellent optics and smooth rotation. Solid German build. I keep a B&H wide angle hood attached to the front of the filter, which makes rotation easy, but vignetting begins to appear in the corners at 28mm. So that needs to be kept in mind when composing the shot.

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                                    • No

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                                    (1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

                                     
                                    4.0

                                    Nice Filter

                                    By Chip Tester

                                    from Sunnyvale, CA

                                    About Me Photo Enthusiast

                                    Verified Buyer

                                    Pros

                                    • Consistent Effect
                                    • Easily Mounted
                                    • Strong Construction

                                    Cons

                                      Best Uses

                                        Comments about B+W 58mm Kaesemann Circular Polarizer MRC Filter:

                                        Solidly built, smooth operation. Has a great quality feel to it. Threads on and off easily.

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                                        • No

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                                        (2 of 5 customers found this review helpful)

                                         
                                        3.0

                                        Not worth the money...

                                        By Mike

                                        from New Jersey

                                        About Me Tech Savvy

                                        Verified Buyer

                                        Pros

                                        • Compact Design
                                        • Easy To Use
                                        • Improves Picture Quality

                                        Cons

                                          Best Uses

                                          • Shooting Outdoors

                                          Comments about B+W 58mm Kaesemann Circular Polarizer MRC Filter:

                                          This filter works, but I compared it to my less expensive Tiffen Cir. Polarizer and couldn't really see a difference between the photos. It is hard to justify the price difference.

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                                          • No

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                                          5.0

                                          Simply the Best!

                                          By Jeanne

                                          from Rio Rancho, NM

                                          About Me Advanced amateur

                                          Verified Buyer

                                          Pros

                                          • Easy To Use
                                          • Quality Construction

                                          Cons

                                            Best Uses

                                              Comments about B+W 58mm Kaesemann Circular Polarizer MRC Filter:

                                              Amazing results. You won't regret spending the extra money for the quality.

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                                              • No

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                                              5.0

                                              Great filter

                                              By DeepFreeze

                                              from Overland Park, KS

                                              About Me Casual Photographer

                                              Verified Buyer

                                              Pros

                                              • Clear Optics
                                              • Easy To Use
                                              • Firm Mount
                                              • Strong Construction

                                              Cons

                                                Best Uses

                                                • Color Correction
                                                • Lens Protection

                                                Comments about B+W 58mm Kaesemann Circular Polarizer MRC Filter:

                                                I am just starting out in the DSLR world and this was the first filter I purchased. It is very well made and does a great job. This will be part of my gear for years to come.

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                                                (2 of 2 customers found this review helpful)

                                                 
                                                4.0

                                                Great optics... so so manufactoring...

                                                By Shahar Bar

                                                from Miami, FL

                                                About Me Photo Enthusiast

                                                Verified Buyer

                                                Pros

                                                • Clear Optics
                                                • Easy To Use
                                                • Firm Mount

                                                Cons

                                                • Uneven feel when rotating

                                                Best Uses

                                                • Color Correction
                                                • Image Manipulation
                                                • Lens Protection

                                                Comments about B+W 58mm Kaesemann Circular Polarizer MRC Filter:

                                                The lens has a very good effect (especially when shooting landscapes). My only complaint is that rotating the filter is not smooth, it catches a bit. This is a minor complaint in an otherwise great filter.

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                                                5.0

                                                Top of the line

                                                By Mickey Bob

                                                from Fairfax, VA

                                                About Me Photo Enthusiast

                                                Verified Buyer

                                                Pros

                                                • Clear Optics
                                                • Firm Mount
                                                • Strong Construction

                                                Cons

                                                  Best Uses

                                                  • Color Correction

                                                  Comments about B+W 58mm Kaesemann Circular Polarizer MRC Filter:

                                                  It would be nice if the ring had a mark on it so it could be dialed in when using a large hood on at lens that rotates when focusing.

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                                                  • No

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                                                  (1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

                                                   
                                                  5.0

                                                  Great cloud definition

                                                  By Cloudcatcher

                                                  from Guam

                                                  About Me Photo Enthusiast

                                                  Verified Buyer

                                                  Pros

                                                  • Clear Optics
                                                  • Easy To Use

                                                  Cons

                                                    Best Uses

                                                      Comments about B+W 58mm Kaesemann Circular Polarizer MRC Filter:

                                                      I quickly put the filter on my 14-45mm Olympus digital lens and began shooting over the ocean at the cloud patterns. This time of year on Guam the clouds are building into some great rain- and lightning-makers and the Kaeseman allows me to capture the drama.

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                                                      5.0

                                                      As advertised

                                                      By Family Paparazzo

                                                      from Troy, PA

                                                      About Me Photo Enthusiast

                                                      Verified Buyer

                                                      Pros

                                                      • Clear Optics
                                                      • Easy To Use
                                                      • Firm Mount
                                                      • Strong Construction

                                                      Cons

                                                        Best Uses

                                                        • Color Correction
                                                        • Cuts glass glare

                                                        Comments about B+W 58mm Kaesemann Circular Polarizer MRC Filter:

                                                        I took this filter on a recent beach vacation; it helped immensely. Also got great results taking photos at the zoo and aquarium. Still learning best uses. Quality is worth the price.

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