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B+W 72mm Circular Polarizer MRC Filter

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Product Highlights
  • Helps to Eliminate Reflections and Glare
  • Reduces Haze and Blue Cast in Landscapes
  • Greater Color and Tonal Saturation
  • MRC Multi-Resistant Coating
  • Rugged Brass Filter Ring
  • High Quality Schott Glass

The B+W 72mm 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.

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.
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 Circular Polarizer MRC Filter
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    B+W72mm Circular Polarizer MRC Filter
     
    4.8

    (based on 55 reviews)

    Ratings Distribution

    • 5 Stars

       

      (47)

    • 4 Stars

       

      (6)

    • 3 Stars

       

      (2)

    • 2 Stars

       

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    100%

    of respondents would recommend this to a friend.

    Pros

    • Strong construction (40)
    • Clear optics (39)
    • Firm mount (33)
    • Consistent effect (22)
    • Easily mounted (21)

    Cons

      Best Uses

      • Color correction (20)
      • Image manipulation (11)
      • Lens protection (10)
      • Shooting outdoors (8)
      • UV protection (6)
        • Reviewer Profile:
        • Photo enthusiast (30), Semi-pro photographer (8), Pro photographer (5), Enthusiast (3)
        • Was this a gift?:
        • No (43)

      Most Liked Positive Review

       

      Top Notch Filter

      This was purchased as a gift for my daughter's 18-200 Nikkor lens. I own a few of these myself for my 77mm lenses. Build quality is excellent, the brass ring doesn't stick...Read complete review

      This was purchased as a gift for my daughter's 18-200 Nikkor lens. I own a few of these myself for my 77mm lenses. Build quality is excellent, the brass ring doesn't stick and become difficult to remove as the lesser quality anodized aluminum rings do. Brass isn't as sensitive to temperature changes as aluminum, and therefore doesn't bind when trying to remove them after use or when swapping filters for effect in the field. Easy to use, a must for an outdoor / landscape photographer. Greatly reduces flare on hard surfaces, plants and water. Will bring out detail in sky and clouds you couldn't get without it. Rotate the ring at 90 degrees to the sun, and you'll be amazed at the difference it makes in your images. Almost always on my lenses, I only take them off when shooting at night.

      Sure, they are a bit costly. But the truth being, your image is only as good as your weakest link. Unfortunately, I learned this the hard way. The only filters I now own are B+W, Heliopan, and Singh-Ray. Why would you spend your hard earned money on a good lens, and buy a cheap filter? Your optics are your greatest asset to good quality images, and not the place to try and save a buck. Buy it. You won't be disappointed in the quality.

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      Most Liked Negative Review

       

      Not quite a Hoya

      Had a HMC circular polarizer from Hoya which I really liked , but it broke. Sales person talked me into an equivalant B+W filter for less money. Salesman said he thought B+W...Read complete review

      Had a HMC circular polarizer from Hoya which I really liked , but it broke. Sales person talked me into an equivalant B+W filter for less money. Salesman said he thought B+W was a better filter , but the B+W has only about 75% of the Hoya's ability to darken the sky and cut out glare.Will send it back , pay alittle more , and get the Hoya.

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      5.0

      A must for shooting on bright sunny days

      By WaveReflections

      from Nashua, NH

      About Me Pro Photographer

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      Pros

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

      Cons

        Best Uses

        • Image Manipulation
        • Lens Protection

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

        I use this polarizer on my Panasonic HPX250 video camera and find that images shot on bright sunny days are more pleasing. Image harshness is reduced.

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        5.0

        72mm Circular Polarizer MRC Filter by B+

        By Chuck

        from Chicago IL area

        About Me Photo Enthusiast

        Verified Buyer

        Pros

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

        Cons

          Best Uses

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

            My experience with B+W filters has always been positive. This CP is no exception. Shot 6 images of a recent snow fall and it eliminated the glare from the sun as it should.

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            4.0

            Good Lens Protector As Well

            By Taiko Fan

            from Redwood City, CA

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            Pros

            • Consistent Effect
            • Easily Mounted
            • Strong Construction

            Cons

              Best Uses

              • Lens Protection

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

              I normally mount a Hoya multi coated skylight filter on my lens to remove the blue tint from UV light (from film days) & also to protect the lens's front element. With a DSLR, I can do the same w/ the B+W polarizer except it also removes reflections & improves color saturation. The 2-stop light loss is not a big deal since I can increase the ISO by couple stops to compensate for the light loss & still not have any noise issue. The B+W polarizer is well made, performs well optically, and the MRC coating is tough. I went glacier trekking in Alaska & it was pouring rain part of the time. The B+W filter got wet & I kept wiping the water droplets off & there were no scratches on the filter at the end of the day. I am giving it a 4-star instead of 5 because the protective case for the filter is rather flimsy, and the foam material seemed to have outgassed over time & caused a coating to be formed on the filter. It took me quite a while to clean it off when I 1st took it out of the packaging. Trying to wipe off the residue w/ lens cleaning paper & lens cleaning fluid just smeared the residue & made things worse. After experimenting w/ a variety of cleaning methods, what finally worked was a chamois-like lens cleaning pen to "polish off" the residue.

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              5.0

              Another great B+W filter

              By J. West

              from Minneapolis, MN

              About Me Semi-pro Photographer

              Verified Buyer

              Pros

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

              Cons

              • None

              Best Uses

              • Color Correction
              • Image Manipulation
              • Landscape Photography
              • Lens Protection

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

              I have a number of B+W filters and have never been disappointed with any of them. This MRC Circular Polarizer does what it's there for and does it with ease and precision. The Nikon lens cap fits securely over it, which is a definite plus. It is optically fine, well built, operates smoothly and an easy choice to buy if you do landscape photography or otherwise need a polarizer. It just feels well designed and well made.

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              4.0

              Quality Product

              By WF

              from Texas

              About Me Photo Enthusiast

              Verified Buyer

              Pros

              • Clear Optics
              • Strong Construction

              Cons

              • Weak Effect

              Best Uses

              • Color Correction

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

              Very substantial. High quality piece of glass.

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              5.0

              Works great and well built

              By Cam

              from Charlotte, NC

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              Pros

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

              Cons

                Best Uses

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

                  This polarizer does a great job of cutting down reflections even in the middle of the day. It is very well built and feels like it can take some abuse. I would recommend to others.

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                  5.0

                  Good polarizer

                  By joe schmoe

                  from Brooklyn, NY

                  About Me Semi-pro Photographer

                  Verified Buyer

                  Pros

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

                  Cons

                    Best Uses

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

                      So far, so good. I'm recently used this during a trip to New Mexico on my Nikon 28mm 3.5 PC lens (mostly when unshifted.) No noticable vingetting, solid construction, and a quality "feel". However, it's not quite as extreme in its effect when compared to my Hoya HD CPL. My subjective experience is that the Hoya increases saturation/cuts reflection a bit more. One thing I can't really comment on is how easy it is to clean, look to other reviews for that information.

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                      5.0

                      Great Filter

                      By B.C.

                      from Connecticut

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                      Pros

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

                      Cons

                        Best Uses

                        • Landscapenature

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

                        I use this outdoors for landscape shots. It makes the images much more detailed and colorful.
                        I would recommend this to anyone.

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                        5.0

                        Great Product!

                        By KevinECSP

                        from Everett, WA

                        About Me Photo Enthusiast

                        Verified Buyer

                        Pros

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

                        Cons

                          Best Uses

                          • Color Correction
                          • UV Protection

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

                          High quality filter that works great!

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                          5.0

                          High quality optic!

                          By drb1215

                          from Keswick, VA

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                          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 MRC Filter:

                            Works like it is supposed to. The glass is great and the ring is very solid.

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                            5.0

                            Great product

                            By Tove

                            from New York City

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                            Pros

                            • Clear Optics
                            • Consistent Effect
                            • Easily Mounted
                            • Easy To Adjust
                            • Firm Mount
                            • Strong Construction

                            Cons

                              Best Uses

                              • Outdoor photography

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

                              Very good for reducing glare, increasing contrast between sky and clouds and in rendering great color. This filter is well built and will last a long time. I have used cheaper filters before and have been disappointed. If you do a lot of landscape photography, spend the money for a good product.

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                              5.0

                              B & W circular polrizer

                              By Big Tom

                              from Lakewood, Co

                              About Me Photo Enthusiast

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                              Pros

                              • Consistent Effect
                              • Easily Mounted
                              • Strong Construction

                              Cons

                                Best Uses

                                • Glare Vivid Colors

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

                                I bought this filter to go along with my new Nikon D600. My priority was to buy a quality filter for the FX lens. This filter is designed for high quality lens and the design and quality appears to be solid. I will enjoy this for many years.

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                                4.0

                                B+W 72mm Circular Polarizer

                                By Gary

                                from Madison, WI

                                About Me Semi-pro Photographer

                                Verified Buyer

                                Pros

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

                                Cons

                                  Best Uses

                                  • Artwork
                                  • Image Manipulation
                                  • Lens Protection

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

                                  The polarizer is used with my recently purchased Canon 180mm Macro lens. It is a perfect compliment to my lens. The polarizer is well made and has an excellent quality to it. It performs very nicely in the field. There are other brands in the market, which I have not tested, but my satisfaction with the B+W has been great.

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                                  5.0

                                  A Bit of Excess but Essential

                                  By bobbygeorge

                                  from Calgary Canada

                                  About Me Photo Enthusiast

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                                  Pros

                                  • Clear Optics
                                  • Consistent Effect
                                  • Easily Mounted
                                  • Firm Mount
                                  • Retains Lens Cap
                                  • Strong Construction
                                  • Threaded Front Back

                                  Cons

                                    Best Uses

                                    • Color Correction

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

                                    The caliber and quality of the B+W F-PRO Filter is outstanding but will be used selectively in accordance with it's limitations. Price-wise for an International purchase from Canada through B&H it was a steal. This was not the slim variety of filter and therefore retains the D300 Nikon Lens Cap securely which was essential. I will not regret this purchase.

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                                    5.0

                                    Deep Blue Sky!!!

                                    By BrianL

                                    from Providence, RI

                                    About Me Semi-pro Photographer

                                    Verified Buyer

                                    Pros

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

                                    Cons

                                      Best Uses

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

                                        Quality glass! Primarily used with Canon EFS 15-85mm IS/USM. You may want to check out the slim mount for this lens as you will get vignetting at 15mm.

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                                        5.0

                                        It's everything I expected.

                                        By BudS

                                        from Bristol, RI

                                        About Me Photo Enthusiast

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                                        Pros

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

                                        Cons

                                          Best Uses

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

                                            My equipment budget has limits, I can't afford to buy wrong.
                                            So I carefully choose products that have quality material for longevity, quality workmanship for ease of operation, state-of-the-art design for outstanding performance, and all at a reasonable price for good value.
                                            The B+W polarizer MRC filter has meet all those criteria in my opinion and I am very satisfied with the purchase.

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                                            5.0

                                            Top quality

                                            By tomalan

                                            from great lakes

                                            About Me Semi-pro Photographer

                                            Verified Buyer

                                            Pros

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

                                            Cons

                                              Best Uses

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

                                                Works just as it should. Great build, qualilty, typical B&W, nothing to complain about.

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                                                5.0

                                                Works great!

                                                By stevieboy

                                                from Tucson, Az

                                                About Me Photo Enthusiast

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                                                Pros

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

                                                Cons

                                                  Best Uses

                                                  • Landscapes and skies

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

                                                  This filter is as good as advertised. I bought it as an accessory for my Canon EF-S 18-200 mm lens. It fits perfectly and produces remarkable effects, darkening blue skies and making clouds stand out dramatically. This filter will accompany me everywhere for landscape photography.

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                                                  5.0

                                                  Improves colors

                                                  By Butterfly

                                                  from Springfield IL

                                                  About Me Photo Enthusiast

                                                  Verified Buyer

                                                  Pros

                                                  • Consistent Effect
                                                  • Easily Mounted
                                                  • Strong Construction

                                                  Cons

                                                    Best Uses

                                                    • Color Correction
                                                    • Lens Protection

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

                                                    Since I often cannot avoid photographing outdoors in direct sun because of the subject, this lens is a big help with glare.

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                                                    5.0

                                                    Impressive quality

                                                    By PhotoJon

                                                    from Southport, NC

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                                                    Pros

                                                    • Easy To Use
                                                    • Improves Picture Quality
                                                    • Well built quality

                                                    Cons

                                                      Best Uses

                                                      • Blocking unwa reflections
                                                      • Landscapescenery
                                                      • Shooting Outdoors

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

                                                      I have read that brass ring filters are much less likely to bind in the camera filter threads than the more standard aluminum ring filters. So I selected this filter based on that fact, the B + W name, and the advertised rugged build of the filter. I must admit I was inluenced also by the many good reviews.

                                                      In my so-far limited use, I am impressed by the filter's performance and ruggedness. The rotating ring is smooth and well damped. The blue skies and white clouds are impressive. Although pricier than lesser polarizers, I consider it a worthwhile investment.

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