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Hoya 72mm Circular Polarizing HD (High Density) Digital Glass Filter

B&H # HOCPH72 Mfr # XHD72CRPL
Reg. Price: $174.90
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Product Highlights
  • Extra Strong Glass
  • Decreases Internal Flare on Sensors
  • Waterproof, Stain Resistant
  • Scratch Resistant

The Hoya Circular Polarizing HD (High Density) Digital Glass Filter represents the next generation of dynamic Hoya filters.

This filter, with its hardened glass, has 4x the tensile strength of traditional filters of similar fabrication. This filter is also of great use in today's digital market where sensors are more sensitive to reflected light. Hoya incorporates special coatings that reduce these internal reflections and, thereby, promote a clearer, brighter and sharper image.

Light rays which are reflected become polarized. Polarizing filters are used to select which light rays enter your camera lens. They can remove unwanted reflections from non-metallic surfaces such as water or glass and also saturate colors providing better contrast. The effect can be seen through the viewfinder and changed by rotating the filter. The filter factor varies according to how the filter is rotated and its orientation to the sun.

Note! Circular polarizers are specifically designed for use with auto-focus SLR cameras (They will also work on manual systems and video cameras without problems).

25% higher light transmission than standard polarizing film used in current photographic filters
Filter promotes the acquisition of more light for your image
Increases sharpness
This filter eliminates ultraviolet rays to remove haze from outdoor shots as well as polarizing the light to remove reflections, and increase color saturation, without affecting the overall color balance
Type Circular Polarizing HD Filter
Size 72mm
Grade Not Applicable
Filter Factor Between 2.3 and 2.8 (approx. +1.3 stops)
Multi-Coated Yes
Rotating Yes
Effect Removes reflections and increases color saturation without affecting the overall color balance
Application Nature, travel, outdoor photography
Color Temperature No Change
Construction Glass
Front Filter Thread Size 72mm
Front Lens Cap Size 72mm
Hoya 72mm Circular Polarizing HD (High Density) Digital Glass Filter
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    Hoya72mm Circular Polarizing HD (High Density) Digital Glass Filter
     
    4.6

    (based on 23 reviews)

    Ratings Distribution

    • 5 Stars

       

      (17)

    • 4 Stars

       

      (5)

    • 3 Stars

       

      (0)

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      (1)

    96%

    of respondents would recommend this to a friend.

    Pros

    • Easy to use (11)
    • Durable (8)
    • Clear optics (6)
    • Easily mounted (6)
    • Firm mount (6)

    Cons

      Best Uses

      • Landscape photography (8)
      • Travel (7)
      • Image manipulation (5)
      • Lens protection (5)
      • Everyday (4)
        • Reviewer Profile:
        • Enthusiast (7), Photo enthusiast (7), Semi-professional (3)
        • Was this a gift?:
        • No (16)

      Most Liked Positive Review

       

      Pricey but good

      I use the filter on my standard 18-200 zoom lens as a protector and as an alternative to having to bring the lens cap everywhere.

      The HD stands for heavy...Read complete review

      I use the filter on my standard 18-200 zoom lens as a protector and as an alternative to having to bring the lens cap everywhere.

      The HD stands for heavy duty and this is perfect for any outdoor condition as well as storage area (bags, purses, etc.). I never have to worry about my lens being scratched. On top of that this filter takes in enough light to take pretty good pictures indoors even though it is a CPL. Usually CPL filters require a couple stops of exposure to compensate.

      Only downer is really the price, which is pretty high for any filter in my opinion. I just had to have it because I love the effect of CPLs on color and sky.

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      Most Liked Negative Review

       

      Fell apart after 2 months of light use

      Bought one of these filters on 12/08/2008 -- it came apart today 2/7/2009 although used on three or four times.[...]The filter construction may give up too much...Read complete review

      Bought one of these filters on 12/08/2008 -- it came apart today 2/7/2009 although used on three or four times.[...]The filter construction may give up too much in the effort to be thin and lightweight -- the rotating ring popped out of the ring that mounts to the lens and a small metal ring inside the filter assembly also slid out.Based on the few occasions I used the filter before it came apart: It did allow more light through, as advertised, and reduced reflections reasonably well. It produced a noticeable color cast, but a little less than other polarizer filters I've tried. (The color cast issue has me thinking about just switching to a neutral density filter in place of a polarizer.)Maybe the filter I got was defective in some way -- but I would be hesitant to buy another one because of the lightweight design.

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      5.0

      High pass polarizer

      By Evergreen Richard

      from Evergreen, CO

      About Me Hobbyist/Enthusiast

      Verified Buyer

      Pros

      • Durable
      • Easy To Use
      • Less Light Absorption

      Cons

        Best Uses

        • Everyday use
        • Landscape Photography
        • Traveling

        Comments about Hoya 72mm Circular Polarizing HD (High Density) Digital Glass Filter:

        This is a high pass polarizer which absorbs less light than standard polarizers, enabling it to be left on for entire outdoor escapades, even when only needed for some scenes, and not needing to be removed for low light situations the way older polarizers were removed. Easy to clean.

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        • No

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        5.0

        Great product

        By HeliGuy

        from Sierra Vista, AZ

        About Me Hobbyist/Enthusiast

        Verified Buyer

        Pros

        • Durable
        • Easy To Use
        • Lightweight

        Cons

          Best Uses

          • Landscape Photography

          Comments about Hoya 72mm Circular Polarizing HD (High Density) Digital Glass Filter:

          I bought this as a gift after owning one myself for a couple of years. I can't offer any comparison vs. other Polarizers, but I bought it based on a number of reviews I read and it measures up.

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          • No

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          5.0

          Great product...worth the money!

          By Docdross

          from Metro Denver

          About Me Semi-Professional

          Verified Buyer

          Pros

          • Durable
          • Lightweight
          • Reliable

          Cons

            Best Uses

            • Landscape Photography
            • Traveling

            Comments about Hoya 72mm Circular Polarizing HD (High Density) Digital Glass Filter:

            Well made and does what it should. Enhances clouds on landscape shots and kills glare on water.

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            • No

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            5.0

            A really nice thin CIR-PL filter

            By R

            from Chicago, IL

            About Me Hobbyist/Enthusiast

            Verified Buyer

            Pros

            • Durable
            • Easy To Use
            • Lightweight
            • Reliable
            • Thin

            Cons

              Best Uses

              • Everyday use
              • Landscape Photography
              • Traveling

              Comments about Hoya 72mm Circular Polarizing HD (High Density) Digital Glass Filter:

              I use this polarizer on a wide angle zoom. Very thin and easy to use. Light reduction is significantly less than conventional polarizing filters so there is no need to remove for shots that don't require the filter. Colors using this polarizer are warmer than those from my other CIR-PL filters. Multi-coating is easy to clean. As some have mentioned, this polarizer has shallow threads so it attaches with fewer turns than most filters. Front thread depth is fine for lens cap attachment. A really nice CIR-PL filter!

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              • No

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              4.0

              Just fantastic

              By Sachin

              from San Jose, CA

              About Me Hobbyist/Enthusiast

              Verified Buyer

              Pros

                Cons

                  Best Uses

                    Comments about Hoya 72mm Circular Polarizing HD (High Density) Digital Glass Filter:

                    This is really slim and light. works fantastic

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                    • No

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                    5.0

                    Hoya Quality Shines!

                    By Eric

                    from Chandler, AZ

                    About Me Semi-Professional

                    Verified Buyer

                    Pros

                    • Durable
                    • Easy To Use
                    • High Quality
                    • Lightweight
                    • Reliable

                    Cons

                      Best Uses

                      • Everyday use
                      • Home
                      • Landscape Photography
                      • Macro Photography
                      • Traveling

                      Comments about Hoya 72mm Circular Polarizing HD (High Density) Digital Glass Filter:

                      I recently had to replace a Hoya HD circular polarizer for a lense that got damaged during a trip. I compared both the Hoya HD and HD2 circular polarizer filters. Save you money and get the cheaper HD filter. The performance of the HD CP filter at half the price was in distinguishable.

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                      • No

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                      4.0

                      slim filter

                      By Tom

                      from Geraldton, Western Australia

                      About Me Hobbyist/Enthusiast

                      Verified Buyer

                      Pros

                      • Easy To Use
                      • Reliable

                      Cons

                        Best Uses

                        • Landscape Photography
                        • Traveling

                        Comments about Hoya 72mm Circular Polarizing HD (High Density) Digital Glass Filter:

                        good feel, easy to screw on and very slim filter which can take OEM lens caps

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                        • No

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                        5.0

                        Great Expectations ...

                        By Bob-Sr

                        from Bel Air, MD

                        About Me Photo Enthusiast

                        Verified Buyer

                        Pros

                        • Easily Mounted
                        • Strong Construction

                        Cons

                          Best Uses

                          • Color Correction

                          Comments about Hoya 72mm Circular Polarizing HD (High Density) Digital Glass Filter:

                          Have not used this yet; it was purchased to enhance landscape and sky in photographs. Appears to be well constructed and came in a study plastic case for storage protection.

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                          • No

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                          5.0

                          Does what they claim it will do.

                          By Irish Mick

                          from Atlanta, GA

                          About Me Pro Photographer

                          Verified Buyer

                          Pros

                          • Easily Mounted
                          • Strong Construction

                          Cons

                          • Doesn't Fasten Well

                          Best Uses

                          • Image Manipulation

                          Comments about Hoya 72mm Circular Polarizing HD (High Density) Digital Glass Filter:

                          Really does allow about 1/2 stop more light in the non polarizing position than other polarizing filters yet darkens sky and decreases reflections about the same as other filters in the polarizing position.

                          Smudges and fingerprints are easily cleaned as Hoya claims.

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                          5.0

                          Best CIR-PL I've ever owned

                          By Diogo

                          from Austin, TX

                          About Me Photo Enthusiast

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                          Verified Buyer

                          Pros

                          • Consistent Effect
                          • Easily Mounted
                          • Firm Mount

                          Cons

                            Best Uses

                            • Artwork
                            • Lens Protection
                            • UV Protection

                            Comments about Hoya 72mm Circular Polarizing HD (High Density) Digital Glass Filter:

                            This is for sure the best CIR-PL I've ever have. It's thin and very easy to use, the glass itself is perfectly mounted.

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                            • No

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                            5.0

                            I like what I see.

                            By Ohs

                            from Golden,Co.

                            About Me Casual Photographer

                            Pros

                            • Clear Optics
                            • Easily Mounted
                            • Firm Mount

                            Cons

                              Best Uses

                                Comments about Hoya 72mm Circular Polarizing HD (High Density) Digital Glass Filter:

                                I took some pictures of creek with filter and with out by rotating the ring. What a difference.
                                I'm going to Moab in few days take some shots of red rocks and blue sky.

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                                • No

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                                5.0

                                Great UV Filter

                                By PROAV8R

                                from Portland, OR

                                About Me Photo Enthusiast

                                Verified Buyer

                                Pros

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

                                Cons

                                  Best Uses

                                  • Lens Protection
                                  • UV Protection

                                  Comments about Hoya 72mm Circular Polarizing HD (High Density) Digital Glass Filter:

                                  Tried this out from the cockpit of an airplane on my way home and was absolutely amazed how well it cuts through the haze. This filter definitely lives up to the hype as the best. Strongly recommend this product. Thanks.

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                                  • No

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                                  4.0

                                  Hoya Circular Polarizing HD Filter

                                  By SnapShots & Beyond Photography

                                  from Indiana

                                  About Me Semi-Professional

                                  Verified Buyer

                                  Pros

                                  • Durable
                                  • Easy To Use
                                  • Lightweight
                                  • Reliable

                                  Cons

                                    Best Uses

                                    • Everyday use
                                    • Landscape Photography
                                    • Traveling

                                    Comments about Hoya 72mm Circular Polarizing HD (High Density) Digital Glass Filter:

                                    Using the polarizing filter makes a huge difference in my photos--all of them. Using the polarizing filter for photos other than landscapes can bring dramatic results to your photography.

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                                    • No

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                                    4.0

                                    72mm Circular Polarizing HD

                                    By Larry

                                    from Reno, NV

                                    About Me Hobbyist/Enthusiast

                                    Verified Buyer

                                    Pros

                                    • Durable
                                    • Easy To Use
                                    • Lightweight
                                    • Reliable

                                    Cons

                                      Best Uses

                                      • Portraits
                                      • Studio
                                      • Traveling

                                      Comments about Hoya 72mm Circular Polarizing HD (High Density) Digital Glass Filter:

                                      I have just begun taking photos with this lens but it appears to be an excellent item performing as promised.

                                      • Was this a gift?:
                                      • Yes

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                                      5.0

                                      Hoya 72mm Circular Polarizing HD Filter

                                      By G

                                      from Wynyard, Australia

                                      About Me Hobbyist/Enthusiast

                                      Verified Buyer

                                      Pros

                                      • Durable
                                      • Easy To Use

                                      Cons

                                        Best Uses

                                        • Landscape Photography

                                        Comments about Hoya 72mm Circular Polarizing HD (High Density) Digital Glass Filter:

                                        Good clear image, No grabbing or stiffness when turning

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                                        • No

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                                        5.0

                                        Absolutely Definitely Recommend!

                                        By LP

                                        from Hot Springs Village, Arkansas

                                        About Me Avid nature enthusiast

                                        Verified Buyer

                                        Pros

                                        • Easy to rotate
                                        • Improves Picture Quality

                                        Cons

                                        • None

                                        Best Uses

                                        • Shooting Outdoors

                                        Comments about Hoya 72mm Circular Polarizing HD (High Density) Digital Glass Filter:

                                        Received this filter to replace an old one I had for my 18-200 Nikon DX lens and I am really excited about the quality! I've been out taking fall color pics and love the way the leaves and skies have turned out. Really happy with my choice to spend the extra money for this filter!

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                                        • No

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                                        5.0

                                        72mm Circular Polarizing HD (High Densit

                                        By Steve

                                        from Hillsboro, Oregon

                                        About Me Tech Savvy

                                        Verified Buyer

                                        Pros

                                        • Compact Design
                                        • Easy To Use
                                        • Improves Picture Quality

                                        Cons

                                          Best Uses

                                          • Shooting Outdoors

                                          Comments about Hoya 72mm Circular Polarizing HD (High Density) Digital Glass Filter:

                                          I bought the High Density (HD) because of the special hardened glass that better protects both filter and lens, and allows the filter to be thinner and therefore lighter. As Ken Rockwell pointed out, the thin size makes it harder to remove as there is less to hold on to, but as I put individual polarizing filters on each of my lenses that require them (optional, of course) I do not plan to remove them so it is a moot point. The polarizing ability on this filter is awesome.

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                                          • No

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                                          (0 of 2 customers found this review helpful)

                                           
                                          5.0

                                          Amazing Results

                                          By The Buglady

                                          from Lillian, AL

                                          About Me Photo Enthusiast

                                          Verified Buyer

                                          Pros

                                          • Clear Optics
                                          • Consistent Effect
                                          • Easily Mounted

                                          Cons

                                            Best Uses

                                            • Image Manipulation
                                            • Lens Protection

                                            Comments about Hoya 72mm Circular Polarizing HD (High Density) Digital Glass Filter:

                                            This filter is easy to operate and a pleasure to use. I enjoy the way in which you can take the same photo, but with different angels of the filter, you take each photo differently. I am glad I made the decision to purchase this filter.

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                                            5.0

                                            Excellent Durable Filter

                                            By California Hobbyist

                                            from Southern California

                                            About Me Photo Enthusiast

                                            Verified Buyer

                                            Pros

                                            • Clear Optics
                                            • Firm Mount

                                            Cons

                                            • Difficult to rotate

                                            Best Uses

                                            • Color Correction
                                            • Image Manipulation
                                            • Lens Protection

                                            Comments about Hoya 72mm Circular Polarizing HD (High Density) Digital Glass Filter:

                                            Used on 5D Mark II with 50L and 85L II Canon lens. Works as advertised. Not really a con, but wish there was a way to work around rotating the filter while the lens hood is attached.

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                                            5.0

                                            72mm Circular Polarizing HD by Hoya

                                            By Pete

                                            from San Jose

                                            About Me Photo Enthusiast

                                            Verified Buyer

                                            Pros

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

                                            Cons

                                              Best Uses

                                              • Image Manipulation
                                              • UV Protection

                                              Comments about Hoya 72mm Circular Polarizing HD (High Density) Digital Glass Filter:

                                              Great filter. Does exactly what it should...

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