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B+W 72mm Circular Polarizer Slim 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
  • MRC Multi-Resistant Coating
  • Slim-Line Mount for Wide Angle Lenses
  • Lightweight Aluminum Filter Ring
  • High Quality Schott Glass

The B+W 72mm Circular Polarizer Slim 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.

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. The slim filters are specifically designed for use with wide angle lenses and are only 0.2" / 5mm thick. They do not have front threads for stacking additional filters.

Note: This filter ring's outside diameter is slightly larger than the actual thread size, and because of this you may be unable to attach the lens manufacturer's bayonet-mounted lens hood to the lens while using this filter. This is dependent on your specific lens and how thick the front rim of the lens is; with thinner, low-profile lenses usually being affected more.

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.
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.
Lightweight, slim aluminum filter ring measures 5mm thick to help reduce vignetting.
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 Lens Cap Size 72 mm
B+W 72mm Circular Polarizer Slim MRC Filter
  • Slip-On Cap
  • 10-Year Limited Warranty
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    B+W72mm Circular Polarizer Slim MRC Filter
     
    4.6

    (based on 15 reviews)

    Ratings Distribution

    • 5 Stars

       

      (10)

    • 4 Stars

       

      (4)

    • 3 Stars

       

      (1)

    • 2 Stars

       

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    92%

    of respondents would recommend this to a friend.

    Pros

    • Clear optics (14)
    • Firm mount (12)
    • Strong construction (11)
    • Consistent effect (7)
    • Easy to use (5)

    Cons

      Best Uses

      • Color correction (6)
      • Image manipulation (4)
      • Lens protection (3)
      • UV protection (3)
        • Reviewer Profile:
        • Photo enthusiast (4), Enthusiast (3), Semi-pro photographer (3)
        • Was this a gift?:
        • No (5)

      Most Liked Positive Review

       

      No doubt it does the job

      I bought this because I do a lot of landscape pictures and was disapointed that I couldn't capture what I could see. Now I can capture those mountains in the distance. It does a...Read complete review

      I bought this because I do a lot of landscape pictures and was disapointed that I couldn't capture what I could see. Now I can capture those mountains in the distance. It does a great job of eliminating the haze in long distant landscape scenes and for the glare from glass or water. I use this mostly on a Canon 60D with a Canon EFS 15-85mm IS USM lens that has a B + W UV filter for protection and then the Polorizer on top of that. I get nearly no to no venyetting.
      The pictures I shared here were taken moments apart with the above setup at 85mm F-11 1/125. No processing at all. On the first, the filter is on, but adjusted the way it would be if you had it off. In the second picture the filter is adjusted for maximum effect (according to my eyes).
      The one thing that I don't like, is that because it is thin with no threads, the push on cap will not stay on at all for even one second. I am sure I can find a solution, but haven't looked yet.

      VS

      Most Liked Negative Review

       

      Slim is nice; the lens cover is not

      The slim design is nice for wide angle. but the cheap plastic push on lens cover that comes with it is not. Falls off all the time. As it is slim filter, can...Read complete review

      The slim design is nice for wide angle. but the cheap plastic push on lens cover that comes with it is not. Falls off all the time. As it is slim filter, can use the other kind of lens cover, so gotta accept this isn't the filter you put on and leave on all day. Put this filter on, take your shots, then take it off and put your regular lens cover on.
      Also, it tends to screw on too tight (no matter how careful I try to be) and because it is slim, it can be a tedious job to unscrew it.
      Better is get a step-up ring and regular sized filter.

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      4.0

      Reliable filter

      By Josh

      from New Zealand

      Verified Buyer

      Pros

      • Clear Optics

      Cons

        Best Uses

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

          Works as intended

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          5.0

          Use it!

          By photogal

          from Oscoda, MI

          About Me Semi-pro Photographer

          See all my reviews

          Verified Buyer

          Pros

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

          Cons

            Best Uses

            • Lens Protection
            • UV Protection

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

            If your pictures have lakes, rivers, trees etc, you need one.

            • Was this a gift?:
            • No

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            (1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

             
            4.0

            No doubt it does the job

            By lfitz

            from Sierra Nevada

            About Me Photo Enthusiast

            Pros

            • Clear Optics
            • Consistent Effect

            Cons

              Best Uses

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

                I bought this because I do a lot of landscape pictures and was disapointed that I couldn't capture what I could see. Now I can capture those mountains in the distance. It does a great job of eliminating the haze in long distant landscape scenes and for the glare from glass or water. I use this mostly on a Canon 60D with a Canon EFS 15-85mm IS USM lens that has a B + W UV filter for protection and then the Polorizer on top of that. I get nearly no to no venyetting.
                The pictures I shared here were taken moments apart with the above setup at 85mm F-11 1/125. No processing at all. On the first, the filter is on, but adjusted the way it would be if you had it off. In the second picture the filter is adjusted for maximum effect (according to my eyes).
                The one thing that I don't like, is that because it is thin with no threads, the push on cap will not stay on at all for even one second. I am sure I can find a solution, but haven't looked yet.

                • Was this a gift?:
                • No

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                5.0

                Nice product great service

                By Beyond-HS

                from Illinois

                Verified Buyer

                Pros

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

                Cons

                • Case

                Best Uses

                • UV Protection

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

                After returning a previously ordered filter due to a defect, B&H stood behind their return policy, even extending their policies slightly. As a professional I need to partner with suppliers that can understand our needs. The B+W Slim MRC filter did not disappoint. Build quality is excellent, Heavy duty glass should prove to be long lasting. The image on my Canon XHA1 look great, even into the sun.

                The only nit pick would be the manufactures supplied case is a little cheap, and somewhat flimsy. Would prefer a hard plastic case offering a little more protection in the bag.

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                • No

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                5.0

                72mm Polarizer

                By Trish

                from Oak Harbor, WA

                About Me Casual Photographer

                Verified Buyer

                Pros

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

                Cons

                  Best Uses

                  • Color Correction
                  • Image Manipulation

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

                  Great product.

                  • Was this a gift?:
                  • No

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                  5.0

                  Great Polarizer for 50mm f/1.2

                  By Jim

                  from St. John's, NL, Canada

                  Verified Buyer

                  Pros

                  • Compact Design
                  • Easy To Use

                  Cons

                    Best Uses

                    • Shooting Outdoors

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

                    Glass on this polarizer is great. Highly recommend particularly if you're a professional shooting with L-series glass. No point in cheaping out on your filter if you have a high-end lens. The color saturation it provides is great - particularly with landscape photography.

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                    • No

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                    (2 of 2 customers found this review helpful)

                     
                    4.0

                    Great quality but needs better lens cap

                    By GlennS

                    from Houston, TX

                    About Me Photo Enthusiast

                    Verified Buyer

                    Pros

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

                    Cons

                      Best Uses

                      • Image Manipulation

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

                      Lens cap fits over entire filter but isn't deep enough to stay on.

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                      5.0

                      Great Filter!

                      By Roger Osborne

                      from Fairborn, OH

                      About Me Casual Photographer

                      Verified Buyer

                      Pros

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

                      Cons

                        Best Uses

                        • Color Correction

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

                        I am very impressed with how great this glass works on my Canon 7D. Very nice results!

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                        (1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

                         
                        5.0

                        72 mm Circular Polarizer Multi-Coated

                        By Dick

                        from Naperville, IL

                        About Me Semi-pro Photographer

                        Verified Buyer

                        Pros

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

                        Cons

                          Best Uses

                          • Color Correction
                          • Image Manipulation

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

                          I have used B+W circular polarizers on my Nikkor lenses for many years, and they work very well. This polarizer has been field tested on several occasions, the fillter works very well. The filter has a protective cap included to protect the filter, and I find it to be a very valuable item in handling and using the filter. I highly recommend B+W filters.

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                          (9 of 9 customers found this review helpful)

                           
                          3.0

                          Slim is nice; the lens cover is not

                          By Murf

                          from Atlanta, GA

                          About Me Photo Enthusiast

                          Verified Buyer

                          Pros

                          • Clear Optics
                          • Firm Mount

                          Cons

                          • Can't get it off easily
                          • Cheap lens cover

                          Best Uses

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

                            The slim design is nice for wide angle. but the cheap plastic push on lens cover that comes with it is not. Falls off all the time. As it is slim filter, can use the other kind of lens cover, so gotta accept this isn't the filter you put on and leave on all day. Put this filter on, take your shots, then take it off and put your regular lens cover on.
                            Also, it tends to screw on too tight (no matter how careful I try to be) and because it is slim, it can be a tedious job to unscrew it.
                            Better is get a step-up ring and regular sized filter.

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                            (3 of 4 customers found this review helpful)

                             
                            5.0

                            Works as advertised

                            By hotspur1

                            from Newton, MA

                            About Me Photo Enthusiast

                            Verified Buyer

                            Pros

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

                            Cons

                              Best Uses

                              • Image Manipulation

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

                              Used this filter with my Nikon 18-200 lens in the Galapagos. The filter was a great help in getting some nice contrast in the sky and eliminating some of the reflection off the water. Didn't notice any vignetting at 18mm.

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                              (2 of 2 customers found this review helpful)

                               
                              5.0

                              Great filter

                              By DougM

                              from Bay Area, CA

                              About Me Semi-pro Photographer

                              Verified Buyer

                              Pros

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

                              Cons

                                Best Uses

                                • Color Correction

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

                                I've used B+W filters exclusively for years, and this polarizer operates like the others--smooth rotation, solid and reliable. The lack of lens cap use with the slim filter is not a big issue for me, it's what you trade off for a thin filter and less chance of vignetting. Can't go wrong with B+W quality.

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                                5.0

                                Great effect

                                By Junkfer

                                from Budapest, HUN

                                About Me Hobbyist/Enthusiast

                                Verified Buyer

                                Pros

                                • Clear Optics
                                • Firm Mount
                                • Strong Construction

                                Cons

                                  Best Uses

                                  • Color Correction
                                  • Lens Protection

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

                                  I try'd with my K10d and Pentax optix, and the summary is amazed me.

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                                  (4 of 4 customers found this review helpful)

                                   
                                  4.0

                                  Very Satisfied

                                  By Martin

                                  from Waterloo, Ontario

                                  About Me Hobbyist/Enthusiast

                                  Verified Buyer

                                  Pros

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

                                  Cons

                                    Best Uses

                                    • Color Correction

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

                                    Works extremely well, with smooth rotation of filter, and very nice effect.Only drawback is the slim size which makes handling it a little "finicky", particularly in taking it off. As well, you can't put a lens cap on it. Perhaps the regular thickness filter may not have these problems.I would definitely go with B+W though consider a standard size (ie 77mm) with a step-up adaptor. [...]

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                                    (1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

                                     
                                    5.0

                                    Great Purchase

                                    By Mauro

                                    from ITaly

                                    About Me Hobbyist/Enthusiast

                                    Verified Buyer

                                    Pros

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

                                    Cons

                                      Best Uses

                                      • Lens Protection
                                      • UV Protection

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

                                      I put it on my high grade Zuiko Lens.
                                      It's great, no vignetting. Image quality is excellent and the filter is very easy to clean.

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