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B+W 72mm Kaesemann Circular Polarizer MRC Filter

B&H # BWKCPMC72 MFR # 66-045619
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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

The B+W 72mm 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 72 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 72 mm
Front Lens Cap Size 72 mm
B+W 72mm Kaesemann Circular Polarizer MRC Filter
  • 10-Year Limited Warranty
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    B+W72mm Kaesemann Circular Polarizer MRC Filter
     
    4.9

    (based on 69 reviews)

    Ratings Distribution

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      (65)

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      (3)

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    100%

    of respondents would recommend this to a friend.

    Pros

    • Clear optics (39)
    • Strong construction (38)
    • Firm mount (32)
    • Easy to use (28)
    • Consistent effect (14)

    Cons

      Best Uses

      • Color correction (14)
      • Image manipulation (12)
      • Lens protection (10)
      • Landscape/scenery (9)
      • Shooting outdoors (9)
        • Reviewer Profile:
        • Photo enthusiast (30), Semi-pro photographer (18), Tech savvy (5), Enthusiast (3), Pro photographer (3)
        • Was this a gift?:
        • No (45)

      Most Liked Positive Review

       

      Excellent Filter

      I use B+W 72mm Kaeseman Circular Polarizing Multi-Resistant Coating (MRC) on my Canon EF-S 15-85mm f/3.5-5.6 IS lens. You don't need the slim version of this filter when you...Read complete review

      I use B+W 72mm Kaeseman Circular Polarizing Multi-Resistant Coating (MRC) on my Canon EF-S 15-85mm f/3.5-5.6 IS lens. You don't need the slim version of this filter when you use the Canon EF-S 15-85mm lens because it mounts on a crop sensor camera.

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      Most Liked Negative Review

       

      Superb build, but flawed QA

      I have never thought of paying this much for a CPL, but knowing B+W is one of the top producers of filters and needing a CPL for my main lens (Nikkor...Read complete review

      I have never thought of paying this much for a CPL, but knowing B+W is one of the top producers of filters and needing a CPL for my main lens (Nikkor 18-200mm), this felt like a good buy. I got the CPL and the workmanship of the filter is superb. The reason I gave this filter 3 stars is due to the poor QA on the filter I received. It would only screw down on my lens about half-way and there was one spot in the rotation of the filter that was very tight; indicating to me the filter was slightly out-of-round. I RMA'd it for a new one, so we'll see how that turns out.

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      5.0

      Great Filter

      By Al

      from Boca Raton, FL

      About Me Photo Enthusiast

      Verified Buyer

      Pros

      • Durable
      • Easy to Use
      • Great Picture Quality

      Cons

        Best Uses

        • Landscape/Scenery
        • Travel
        • Wildlife Photos

        Comments about B+W 72mm Kaesemann Circular Polarizer MRC Filter:

        This filter is a high-quality polarizer. It works (e.g. polarizes the reflected light) as well or better than any other polarizing filter I've ever used. The build quality is very good. I haven't owned it long enough to have run into any problems, but I don't expect to have any in the future.

        The rings are solid, and screw onto the lens filter threads nicely. The two rings rotate very smoothly against each other.

        Although it's a little pricey, it's well worth it, both in functionality and build quality.

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        5.0

        Most Effective Polarizer I Have Used

        By oldsbear

        from Coralville, Iowa

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        Pros

        • Continuously Variable
        • Durable
        • Great Picture Quality
        • Precision Tool

        Cons

        • Price

        Best Uses

        • Landscape/Scenery
        • Reflection Control

        Comments about B+W 72mm Kaesemann Circular Polarizer MRC Filter:

        Photographing both nature subjects and still-lifes, I have purchased cheaper polarizers in the past. My experience has been: turn the filter, see just a very slight darkening of reflections. The filters ended up in a bottom drawer, never to be tried again. But when I recently bought a new macro lens, I decided to take a chance on the B+W MRC polarizer. Out of the box it was clearly well made and carefully finished. When I put it on the new macro, the results were dramatic. For the first time a polarizer gave me a range of results to choose from with slight rotations of the filter. This is an excellent product, fully justifying the price.

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        5.0

        Know what you are getting

        By USN VET

        from Roseville IL

        About Me Semi-pro Photographer

        Verified Buyer

        Pros

          Cons

            Best Uses

            • Landscape/Scenery
            • Travel

            Comments about B+W 72mm Kaesemann Circular Polarizer MRC Filter:

            Polarizing filters are rather unique in comparison to what most all other filters are designed to do. That being said if you truly know how and when to use them (it is a study unto itself and very worthwhile learning). It is one filter that can provide many beneficial results in your pictures that editing software alone will not match. I have owned a few in my time but the ones made by B&W have become my favorite! One reason is that you can put a lens cap directly on it unlike others.I also credit myself with having a discerning eye.

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            4.0

            Nice

            By Mbass

            from Duxbury, MA

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            Pros

            • Durable
            • Great Picture Quality

            Cons

              Best Uses

              • Landscape/Scenery
              • Wildlife Photos

              Comments about B+W 72mm Kaesemann Circular Polarizer MRC Filter:

              Perfect for what I do with my outdoor photography. Sturdy, nicely made to last, does everything it is meant to do

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              • No

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              5.0

              very nice filter

              By Jyunte

              from Orange County, CA

              About Me Semi-pro Photographer

              Verified Buyer

              Pros

              • Easy to Use
              • Great Picture Quality
              • Lightweight

              Cons

                Best Uses

                • Landscape/Scenery
                • Sports/Action
                • Video
                • Wildlife Photos

                Comments about B+W 72mm Kaesemann Circular Polarizer MRC Filter:

                Works great on my EF 35mm f/1.4. Makes colors pop and kills glare very effectively.

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                5.0

                Terrific quality

                By Yervant

                from Warwick, RI

                Comments about B+W 72mm Kaesemann Circular Polarizer MRC Filter:

                Performs as advertised.

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                5.0

                Outstanding filter

                By Suzi

                from Santa Fe, New Mexico

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                Pros

                • Great Picture Quality
                • Lightweight

                Cons

                  Best Uses

                  • Landscape/Scenery
                  • Travel

                  Comments about B+W 72mm Kaesemann Circular Polarizer MRC Filter:

                  I bought this for my Nikkor 18-200 lens. I live in the high desert and wanted to get the best photos of the landscape and brilliant blue New Mexico Skies. This filter really makes all the difference in my photos, the skies and clouds are outstanding.
                  There was no vignetting on this filter when used with this lens.

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                  5.0

                  As Good As It Gets

                  By DBer

                  from San Francisco, CA

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                  Pros

                  • Easy to Use
                  • Great Picture Quality

                  Cons

                    Best Uses

                    • Family Photos
                    • Landscape/Scenery
                    • Travel
                    • Wildlife Photos

                    Comments about B+W 72mm Kaesemann Circular Polarizer MRC Filter:

                    Great product. Beautiful photos. No glares, no flares.

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                    • Yes

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                    5.0

                    Excellent quality filter

                    By Gregdes52

                    from Colonia, NJ

                    About Me Semi-pro Photographer

                    Verified Reviewer

                    Pros

                    • Durable
                    • Easy to Use
                    • Great Picture Quality
                    • Lightweight

                    Cons

                      Best Uses

                      • Landscape/Scenery
                      • Travel
                      • Wildlife Photos

                      Comments about B+W 72mm Kaesemann Circular Polarizer MRC Filter:

                      Besides being very well made and offering an unusual 10 year warranty, the quality of this filter is impeccable, with literally no loss of sharpness or detail, as as might be expected, the contrast and visual appeal are outstanding. My only complaint is the size of filter, which is quite large at 72mm. A fine product.

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                      5.0

                      Great polarizer with benefits

                      By .joetphotography.

                      from Palm Beach Gardens, FL

                      About Me Semi-pro Photographer

                      Verified Buyer

                      Pros

                      • Can Use Lens Cap
                      • Easy to Use
                      • Great Picture Quality

                      Cons

                        Best Uses

                        • Family Photos
                        • Landscape/Scenery
                        • Sports/Action
                        • Travel
                        • Weddings/Events

                        Comments about B+W 72mm Kaesemann Circular Polarizer MRC Filter:

                        A polarizer is really important... and this one does a great job. I recommend it over the Canon one for 1 simple reason: I can put the cap on it!!! I guess Canon forgot the importance of a cap on top of the polarizer... oops. B&W remembered!

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                        5.0

                        Just what I expected

                        By Sunshine

                        from somewhere warm

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                        Pros

                        • Easily Mounted

                        Cons

                          Best Uses

                            Comments about B+W 72mm Kaesemann Circular Polarizer MRC Filter:

                            So far seems to work well.

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                            5.0

                            Awesome

                            By Pheps

                            from Murrieta,Ca

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                            Pros

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

                            Cons

                              Best Uses

                              • Lens Protection

                              Comments about B+W 72mm Kaesemann Circular Polarizer MRC Filter:

                              I'm using it in my 15-85 and so much different without it.

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                              5.0

                              The best

                              By ballo48

                              from Tidewater, VA

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                              Pros

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

                              Cons

                                Best Uses

                                • Artwork
                                • Color Correction
                                • Reflection Minimization

                                Comments about B+W 72mm Kaesemann Circular Polarizer MRC Filter:

                                What can I say. This is absolutely the best polarizer out there. It's fairly expensive, but about the same as the Nikon, so why not just get the best?

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                                5.0

                                cicular polarizer

                                By connie

                                from pa

                                About Me Photo Enthusiast

                                Verified Buyer

                                Pros

                                • Clear Optics

                                Cons

                                  Best Uses

                                    Comments about B+W 72mm Kaesemann Circular Polarizer MRC Filter:

                                    bought a canon 85mm 1.2 and didn't want to go cheap on the polarizer..don't know if its any better than a $ dollar polarizer

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                                    5.0

                                    Perfect fit for my 70-200 2.8L IS

                                    By Frank

                                    from Burlington, Ct.

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                                    Pros

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

                                    Cons

                                      Best Uses

                                      • Color Correction
                                      • Lens Protection

                                      Comments about B+W 72mm Kaesemann Circular Polarizer MRC Filter:

                                      This filter is just what the doctor ordered. Well built & easy adjustments. Only drawback it's Impossible to adjust with my lens hood on, so it stays off when I use this filter. UV goes on when this filter comes off (cloudy or night).
                                      As always, B&H service is top-notch.

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                                      5.0

                                      Traditional necessity, often ignored now

                                      By Rodolfo

                                      from Los Angeles, CA

                                      About Me Semi-pro Photographer

                                      Verified Buyer

                                      Pros

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

                                      Cons

                                      • A Little Expensive

                                      Best Uses

                                      • Cinematography
                                      • Photography

                                      Comments about B+W 72mm Kaesemann Circular Polarizer MRC Filter:

                                      I first need to mention that you won't get any vignetting if you just use the standard size polarizer alone. I use mine on a 35mm prime with no problems. The thin ones are used when you're stacking many filters together.A polarizer increases your versatility as a photographer. It allows you to remove or enhance reflections/reflected light in many different situations.Reflected light and reflections are an aspect of any type of photography, not just landscape. You can use this polarizer can be used in street, detail, or even fashion photography. Being a high-grade polarizer, this specific one is highly revered by professional photographers. It is a little expensive for a filter, but when it comes to putting more glass in front of your glass, you might not want to skimp on the production value.

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                                      5.0

                                      Great Accesory

                                      By shoebewa

                                      from Bloomington, Mn.

                                      About Me Semi-pro Photographer

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                                      Pros

                                      • Clear Optics
                                      • Consistent Effect
                                      • Easily Mounted

                                      Cons

                                        Best Uses

                                        • Color Correction

                                        Comments about B+W 72mm Kaesemann Circular Polarizer MRC Filter:

                                        Shooting outdoor scenes in the sun it is a must have. The clouds especially are much more dramatic. It add definition to everything that is bathed in sunlight. The one aspect that makes the filter a little cumbursome,which is no fault of the filter itself, is as you move from sunlight to shadowed areas, you should take the filter off to get a more acurate light reading

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                                        5.0

                                        Worked great at the beach

                                        By DC photographer

                                        from Washington, DC

                                        About Me Photo Enthusiast

                                        Verified Buyer

                                        Pros

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

                                        Cons

                                          Best Uses

                                          • Color Correction
                                          • UV Protection

                                          Comments about B+W 72mm Kaesemann Circular Polarizer MRC Filter:

                                          Blue skies looked amazing and shots of shells under shallow water were perfect.

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                                          5.0

                                          Excellent

                                          By yugnuf

                                          from Calgary, Alberta

                                          About Me Casual Photographer

                                          Verified Buyer

                                          Pros

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

                                          Cons

                                            Best Uses

                                              Comments about B+W 72mm Kaesemann Circular Polarizer MRC Filter:

                                              I've only taken a few photos, but the polarizer is far superior to another manufacturers product that I was using previously.

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                                              5.0

                                              A beautifully constructed filter...

                                              By Carol Ann

                                              from Washington State

                                              About Me Semi-pro Photographer

                                              Verified Buyer

                                              Pros

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

                                              Cons

                                                Best Uses

                                                • Color Correction

                                                Comments about B+W 72mm Kaesemann Circular Polarizer MRC Filter:

                                                I haven't had the chance to use this polarizer yet, but...it is already SO much better than the previous polarizer I had. Superior construction, easy to thread on, and only 1.3 stop increase (the previous polarizer was two plus stops). This one is neutral as far as adding any color to the photo; the previous one had a blue tint. It rotates so smoothly...I'm anxious to see how the photos turn out once I use it. First impression on this filter is that it is extremely well-made.

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