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B+W 72mm Circular Polarizer Slim Filter

B&H # BWCPS72 Mfr # 65-016929
No Longer Available
Product Highlights
  • Helps to Eliminate Reflections and Glare
  • Reduces Haze and Blue Cast in Landscapes
  • Greater Color and Tonal Saturation
  • Slim-Line Mount for Wide Angle Lenses
  • Lightweight Aluminum Filter Ring
  • High Quality Schott Glass

The B+W 72mm Circular Polarizer Slim 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.

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.
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)
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 Filter
  • Slip-On Cap
  • 10-Year Limited Warranty
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    B+W72mm Circular Polarizer Slim Filter
     
    4.5

    (based on 34 reviews)

    Ratings Distribution

    • 5 Stars

       

      (22)

    • 4 Stars

       

      (8)

    • 3 Stars

       

      (3)

    • 2 Stars

       

      (1)

    • 1 Stars

       

      (0)

    87%

    of respondents would recommend this to a friend.

    Pros

    • Clear optics (21)
    • Firm mount (15)
    • Strong construction (15)
    • Easy to use (11)
    • Consistent effect (9)

    Cons

      Best Uses

      • Color correction (14)
      • Image manipulation (7)
      • Lens protection (7)
      • Shooting outdoors (5)
      • UV protection (4)
        • Reviewer Profile:
        • Photo enthusiast (11), Semi-pro photographer (6), Casual photographer (3), Pro photographer (3)
        • Was this a gift?:
        • No (24)

      Most Liked Positive Review

       

      72 mm Circular Polarizer Slim Filter B&W

      This is a great filter for wide angle lenses. I have not experienced any vignetting on a 20mm lens. The only complaint I have is not about the filter, but the cap. It...Read complete review

      This is a great filter for wide angle lenses. I have not experienced any vignetting on a 20mm lens. The only complaint I have is not about the filter, but the cap. It falls off easily, so if you leave it on your lens while on the camera body and store it in your gear bag, use tape to hold it in place.

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      Most Liked Negative Review

       

      Good Filter

      I am using this polarized filter with my nikon 18 - 200 mm lens. Its slim & well built. It give an extra protection for my lens too. The performance of the...Read complete review

      I am using this polarized filter with my nikon 18 - 200 mm lens. Its slim & well built. It give an extra protection for my lens too. The performance of the filter is good so far. Only problem which i faced is the Lens cap wont fit & the cap provided along with this filter is also not good & does not stick to it.

      Reviewed by 34 customers

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      5.0

      Polarizer filter

      By santro

      from Mays Landing NJ

      About Me Photo Enthusiast

      Verified Buyer

      Pros

      • Clear Optics
      • Easily Mounted

      Cons

        Best Uses

        • Color Correction
        • UV Protection

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

        Great slim design prevents vignetting on my Canon 15-85 lens. Brings out nice color to the sky. Reduces glare.

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        • No

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        5.0

        Very nice CP

        By Scott G.

        from Michigan

        About Me Photo Enthusiast

        Verified Buyer

        Pros

          Cons

            Best Uses

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

              The very thin design really works well with my wide zoom. A little vignetting wide open but not as bad as expected with a CP filter. Works very well.

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              • No

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              5.0

              Great filter

              By Fly fisherman

              from Winston-Salem, NC

              About Me Casual Photographer

              Verified Buyer

              Pros

              • Clear Optics
              • Consistent Effect

              Cons

                Best Uses

                • Image Manipulation

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

                Great price and does the job effectively

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                • No

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                4.0

                Good Quality Filter

                By Guppy300

                from Florida

                About Me Semi-pro Photographer

                Verified Buyer

                Pros

                • Consistent Effect
                • Easily Mounted

                Cons

                  Best Uses

                  • Artwork
                  • Color Correction

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

                  I used this polarizing filter to shoot in the everglades when in the mid-afternoon to give more depth to the sky and foliage color. The adjusting of the ring is very smooth and consistent.

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                  • No

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                  5.0

                  Great Filter

                  By Tomas Ayala Zawisza, Pro Videographer

                  from Caracas, Venezuela

                  About Me Pro Photographer

                  See all my reviews

                  Verified Buyer

                  Pros

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

                  Cons

                    Best Uses

                    • Artwork
                    • Color Correction
                    • Image Manipulation

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

                    I shoot documentaries and tv programs. This filter is a "must" for outdoor shooting or any other condition, when you need to redirect the light... great colors, blues the skies... no reflections or more reflections in mirrors... I shoot with the AG-HPX250 and the AG-DVX100B Panasonic cameras and this filter is always in my gear

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                    • No

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                    (1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

                     
                    5.0

                    Great CP Filter on my 16-50

                    By Pete C

                    from Powder Springs, Georgia

                    About Me Photo Enthusiast

                    Verified Buyer

                    Pros

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

                    Cons

                      Best Uses

                      • Color Correction
                      • Lens Protection
                      • UV Protection

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

                      I love using my camera during the golden hour but ofter I can only get out during harsh lighting that the CP does the trick for my Sony a77/16-50

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                      • No

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                      5.0

                      A Good Polarizer

                      By Nick S.

                      from O'Fallon, IL

                      About Me Photo Enthusiast

                      Verified Buyer

                      Pros

                      • Clear Optics
                      • Easily Mounted

                      Cons

                        Best Uses

                        • Color Correction

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

                        This filter fits easily on a Canon EF-S 18-200mm telephoto zoom lens. No apparent vignettes or other adverse factors. An excellent feature is that this filter includes its own lens cover that slides over the end (since the lens'es cap will not fit with the filter on). The filter cannot easily be used with a lens hood in place.

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                        • No

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                        (1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

                         
                        5.0

                        I would buy this product again

                        By gkovash

                        from St Louis, MO

                        About Me Photo Enthusiast

                        Verified Buyer

                        Pros

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

                        Cons

                          Best Uses

                          • Color Correction
                          • UV Protection

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

                          Assembles and disassembles easy and smoothly. Blues the sky and brightens the clouds for great colors.

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                          • No

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                          (1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

                           
                          3.0

                          Good polarizer, lousy design.

                          By EN@Pul

                          from Miami, FL

                          About Me Semi-pro Photographer

                          Verified Buyer

                          Pros

                          • It works well

                          Cons

                          • Cover lid fits loosely
                          • Lens cover does not work

                          Best Uses

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

                            It is a very good polarizer with one draw back; There is no way the lens cap can be used to cover it and the plastic cover provided with the filter fits loosely over the filter. The very first day I used the filter, I also lost the cap somewhere out there. I am not too fond of having the filter exposed to the elements... I will probably give it to someone that is not affected by the cover situation and buy a different design that allows the lens cap to cover the filter.

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                            • No

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                            (1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

                             
                            5.0

                            Essential item

                            By Chris 10452

                            from Gallupville NY

                            About Me Casual Photographer

                            Verified Buyer

                            Pros

                            • Clear Optics
                            • Consistent Effect
                            • Easily Mounted

                            Cons

                            • Lens cover comes off easy

                            Best Uses

                            • Color Correction

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

                            The enhancements provided by this filter are completely visible through the lens and when you see the improvement, you'll wonder why you ever shot outdoors without one. My only gripe is that the lens cover provided comes off easily...the proper lens cover for the lens won't fit over the filter. Minor trade off, though.

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                            • No

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                            (1 of 2 customers found this review helpful)

                             
                            5.0

                            Exactly as advertised

                            By Me

                            from santa fe, nm

                            About Me Tech Savvy

                            Verified Buyer

                            Pros

                            • Improves Picture Quality

                            Cons

                              Best Uses

                              • Shooting Outdoors

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

                              Nice filter, not the darkest polarizing effect but sufficient for my main use (darkening light sky in scenes). Very thin for use at 15 mm without causing vigneting. Too thin for a normal lens cap but comes with it's own.

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                              • No

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                              (0 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

                               
                              5.0

                              Great

                              By MrFur

                              from Melbourne,Australia

                              About Me Film Professional

                              Verified Buyer

                              Pros

                              • Compact Design
                              • Easy To Use

                              Cons

                                Best Uses

                                • Shooting Outdoors

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

                                works well

                                • Was this a gift?:
                                • No

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                                (0 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

                                 
                                5.0

                                Beautiful filter

                                By rlilla

                                from Lock Haven

                                About Me Aspiring Film Maker

                                Verified Buyer

                                Pros

                                • Improves Picture Quality

                                Cons

                                  Best Uses

                                  • Panoramic Filming
                                  • Shooting Outdoors

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

                                  Does a great job taking away glare and making the sky look true blue!

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                                  • No

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                                  (0 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

                                   
                                  5.0

                                  i would buy this product

                                  By uncle sam

                                  from vic, Australia

                                  Verified Buyer

                                  Pros

                                  • Easy To Use
                                  • Improves Picture Quality

                                  Cons

                                    Best Uses

                                    • Shooting Indoors
                                    • Shooting Outdoors

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

                                    Great product. fantastic quality and it also comes with a great case.

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                                    • No

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                                    5.0

                                    B+W can't be beat.

                                    By rlwhip

                                    from Beaumont, Texas

                                    About Me Photo Enthusiast

                                    Verified Buyer

                                    Pros

                                    • Easy To Use
                                    • Improves Picture Quality

                                    Cons

                                      Best Uses

                                      • Shooting Outdoors

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

                                      I use it on landscapes and daytime sports. It is quality glass and works great.

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                                      • No

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                                      (0 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

                                       
                                      4.0

                                      works great

                                      By mountain

                                      from New Jersey

                                      Verified Buyer

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

                                      We bought this for our trip to Colorado. We are still learning how to use it, but it has made a big difference in our photos.

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                                      2.0

                                      What about a lens cap?

                                      By GG

                                      from Troy, NY

                                      Verified Buyer

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                                        Cons

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

                                            So far the polarizing filter seems to be working. However I was dismayed that my lens cap would not fit on the filter so when I have the filter on it is vulnerable to scratches. It is probably my ignorance about what "thin" implied but no mention of this limitation was in the product description.

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                                            • No

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                                            (0 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

                                             
                                            5.0

                                            Good circular polarizer

                                            By Sean W.

                                            from Calgary, AB

                                            Verified Buyer

                                            Pros

                                            • Compact Design
                                            • Improves Performance

                                            Cons

                                            • Pricey / Poor Value

                                            Best Uses

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

                                              Same good, consistent product from B+W

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                                              (2 of 2 customers found this review helpful)

                                               
                                              4.0

                                              great glass, lousey cap

                                              By bribri

                                              from bay area CA

                                              Verified Buyer

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                                                Cons

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

                                                    I have never purchased a B+W filter before but being a subscriber to the adage that what you pay for is what you get, I thought it must be pretty good stuff. I must say I have never used a better polarizer. Still allows lots of light, but delivers a crisp and dynamic effect. The cap that comes with it looks and feels like something from a cereal box. It doesn't stay on either and I've almost lost it several times already. Still worth the extra bucks though.

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                                                    (0 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

                                                     
                                                    5.0

                                                    Simply the best!

                                                    By Ogrus

                                                    from BCN -Spain

                                                    About Me Semi-pro Photographer

                                                    Verified Buyer

                                                    Pros

                                                    • Clear Optics
                                                    • Easily Mounted

                                                    Cons

                                                      Best Uses

                                                      • Image Manipulation

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

                                                      Best CP out there! Not an inch of doubt about it

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