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B+W 77mm 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 77mm 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 77 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 77 mm
Front Lens Cap Size 77 mm
B+W 77mm Circular Polarizer MRC Filter
  • 10-Year Limited Warranty
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    B+W77mm Circular Polarizer MRC Filter
     
    4.7

    (based on 144 reviews)

    Ratings Distribution

    • 5 Stars

       

      (111)

    • 4 Stars

       

      (29)

    • 3 Stars

       

      (2)

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    98%

    of respondents would recommend this to a friend.

    Pros

    • Clear optics (103)
    • Strong construction (98)
    • Firm mount (78)
    • Consistent effect (55)
    • Easily mounted (45)

    Cons

    • Cross-threads easily (4)
    • Pricey / poor value (4)

    Best Uses

    • Image manipulation (45)
    • Color correction (43)
    • Lens protection (35)
    • Shooting outdoors (19)
    • UV protection (19)
      • Reviewer Profile:
      • Photo enthusiast (54), Semi-pro photographer (30), Pro photographer (10), Tech savvy (10), Casual photographer (9)
      • Was this a gift?:
      • No (87)

    Most Liked Positive Review

     

    Does too much research really help?

    I have been shooting for 50 years, and always reseach what I buy. I recently had to make the switch from film to digital which really hurt and forced me to research my new...Read complete review

    I have been shooting for 50 years, and always reseach what I buy. I recently had to make the switch from film to digital which really hurt and forced me to research my new purchases even harder. The web is a get help.My first thought was just to get the Canon filter since I had a Canon 6D with a EF 24-105mm f/4.0L IS USM AF Lens. Hardly the cheapest, especially as it was 77mm. The idea that their ColorCore Glass might be a top choice was tempered by reviews on single coat, MRC (multi-reflection coating), Kaesemann versus non-Kaesemann, Shott glass versus non-Schott, color tinting effects, rippling, ring metal type. These variables seemed to really confuse, and also depended on how you were going to use it (do you need military grade hardness, working underwater, parachuting out a plane?).A few emails to the B&H sales department got me thinking outside the box I started in. Trade offs for cost, quality (which was actually hard to evaluate except for reports of the ring sticking or the lens cap not fitting). The box I most found myself in was the fact (apparently mostly true) that to use my digital camera's autofocus and light meter I needed circular polarization. Although I do manual focus quite a bit, this seemed an issue not to futz with.I checked what kind of linear polarizer I had on my "old" film cameras: 55mm Pro (Japan) [I think this is Pro Optic now] and 55mm Vivitar. Couldn't tell if they were single or multi-coated. Their "effect" on polarized light is much stronger than circular (even though the circular consists of a linear plus circular) where the overwhelming superior results of the B+W EW KSM C-POL MRC 72 mm filter (labelled circular on the box and filter) turned out to be because it was actually linear!I looked at all the major filter brands (even Canon competitors like Nikon). Curious that Canon provides a 1 year warranty and every one else gives 10 yrs (usually for half the price). The filter factor is about 2.5 for all, so no factor in the decision. Having used Shott glass in my undergrad physics experients I place more weight there. And B+W has a good reputation (hopeful the linear switch above is anomolous). I narrowed it down to 4 filters, and eventually got this filter.I immediately went outside on a sunny day to check several things. Light attenuation: yes with the filter on (in its least effective angle) it blocks 1 1/2 f-stops. Autofocus: camera gets a sharp focus on the same object with and without the filter. Effect: couldn't compare with a linear, or other circulars, but does as expected. See attached photos.

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    Most Liked Negative Review

     

    Kind of Pricey for what you get

    The surface stains rather easily and is somewhat difficult to wipe clean. The overall polarizing effect is not as noticeable as I had hoped for compared to other less expensive polarizer filters I have...Read complete review

    The surface stains rather easily and is somewhat difficult to wipe clean. The overall polarizing effect is not as noticeable as I had hoped for compared to other less expensive polarizer filters I have used in the past.

    It does feel solid and is a bit heavier than it looks. I'm assuming that it is better constructed than less expensive filters judging solely by its weight.

    Major item missing is a small notch making the rotating ring easier to use. It is too easy to touch the front glass while rotating the ring, and wiping the finger print smudges is not easy to do.

    I noticed that all of my images have a slight bluish cast to them with this filter attached.

    While I checked off that I would recommend this to a friend, I would advise my friend to look for a less expensive filter first, but if he or she wants a slightly better built filter then go for this one.

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    4.0

    Does the job well.

    By Chris

    from Toronto

    About Me Photo Enthusiast

    Verified Buyer

    Pros

    • Clear Optics
    • Strong Construction

    Cons

      Best Uses

      • Image Manipulation

      Comments about B+W 77mm Circular Polarizer MRC Filter:

      I've stuck with the German Schott glass/brass ring manufacturers since I moved to 'L' glass. I think this product strikes the balance between cash outlaid vs value quite well. Very nice bit of kit, exudes quality. The brass ring just feels good and solid and the MRC coating makes it less hassle to clean.

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      5.0

      Excellent choice

      By Luis

      from Gadsden, AL

      Comments about B+W 77mm Circular Polarizer MRC Filter:

      Works perfectly. Good solid feel. Easy to remove. No problems whatsoever. Worth the price. Much better than your $ filter. Great quality glass.

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      5.0

      Filter upgrade

      By Fire

      from Seattle

      About Me Photo Enthusiast

      Verified Buyer

      Pros

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

      Cons

        Best Uses

        • Lens Protection
        • UV Protection

        Comments about B+W 77mm Circular Polarizer MRC Filter:

        When I bought my lens, a filter pack came with it, however when I received the filters, they just didn't feel as sturdy as the B+W filter I had for my other lens. So I upgraded to what I know and love.

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        • No

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        5.0

        Accessory Purchase

        By Dick

        from Maine

        About Me Photo Enthusiast

        Verified Buyer

        Pros

        • Clear Optics
        • Easily Mounted
        • Strong Construction

        Cons

          Best Uses

          • Image Manipulation

          Comments about B+W 77mm Circular Polarizer MRC Filter:

          Quality polarizer, great glass not plastic.

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          • No

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          5.0

          Glare and Reflection Removal

          By Location Scout

          from Palm Beach County

          About Me Semi-pro Photographer

          Verified Buyer

          Pros

          • Clear Optics
          • Consistent Effect
          • Easily Mounted
          • Firm Mount
          • Glides Well For Rotating
          • Strong Construction

          Cons

            Best Uses

            • Color Correction
            • Color Intensifier
            • Glare reduction
            • Image Manipulation
            • Reflection reduction
            • UV Protection

            Comments about B+W 77mm Circular Polarizer MRC Filter:

            I shoot architectural in a high density area. Highlighting features like streets to show off "lifestyle" backdrops can make for busy pictures considering reflective surfaces like store windows and parked cars. This filter is of great quality and moves freely without being loose. The product has good weight and the framing on it is a bit heavier that others that I've used, very impressed.

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            4.0

            Vaery capable and satisfying filter

            By Ian

            from WA state

            About Me Photo Enthusiast

            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 77mm Circular Polarizer MRC Filter:

              It does what I want it to do and very satisfyingly.

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              5.0

              Works beautifully!

              By AMCB

              from PA

              Verified Buyer

              Pros

              • Easily Mounted
              • Strong Construction

              Cons

                Best Uses

                  Comments about B+W 77mm Circular Polarizer MRC Filter:

                  I recently purchased the polarizer to use for a nature photo shoot and was very pleased with the performance!

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                  5.0

                  excellent product

                  By 521vs

                  from boise,idaho

                  About Me Photo Enthusiast

                  Verified Buyer

                  Pros

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

                  Cons

                    Best Uses

                    • Artwork
                    • Color Correction

                    Comments about B+W 77mm Circular Polarizer MRC Filter:

                    This circular polarizer is the best built one that I have ever used . the polarizing ring is extremely well machined and smooth. The glass is remarkable and has a very low light blockage, unlike many of its competitors. Remember you are using this cp to enhance colors and contrast, and remove reflections, not to darken the image.Easy to install and remove from the lens. Extremely well made. Resist the urge to put a cheap, poorly made peace of glass in front of that lens that you spent a fortune for, you are actually better off with no polarizer than one that is going to degrade your image rather than enhance it. The B+W will certainly improve your photos without any degradation of the image.

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                    5.0

                    Super Polarizer

                    By JS

                    from Missouri

                    Comments about B+W 77mm Circular Polarizer MRC Filter:

                    This is just a super polarizer. I have used it on water shots, building and landscape shots and the like. It takes the glare out and gives you a beautiful blue sky. Price wise, it was a nice compromise between the most expensive filters and the lower cost ones. You do get what you pay for though. I have used a cheaper brand before and never got the results I get with this very nice B+W filter.

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                    5.0

                    Great glass

                    By jglaser757

                    from Florida

                    About Me Pro Photographer

                    Verified Buyer

                    Pros

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

                    Cons

                      Best Uses

                      • Color Correction
                      • Image Manipulation
                      • Lens Protection

                      Comments about B+W 77mm Circular Polarizer MRC Filter:

                      I love this glass,,this filter is built well and works even better,,

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                      5.0

                      worth the extra money

                      By JSM Photo

                      from Los Angeles, CA

                      About Me Semi-pro Photographer

                      Verified Buyer

                      Pros

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

                      Cons

                        Best Uses

                        • Artwork
                        • Color Correction
                        • Image Manipulation
                        • Lens Protection

                        Comments about B+W 77mm Circular Polarizer MRC Filter:

                        worth the extra Money... specially if you've just piurchased a L series Canon lens, like the 70-200mm f/2.8.A lens like tht desserves to be paired with good glass, plain and simple. You want a good fondue? Well, go for the good cheese, not the cheap industrialized * made by kraft.

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                        5.0

                        Great filter

                        By Markuza

                        from NYC

                        About Me Semi-pro Photographer

                        Verified Buyer

                        Pros

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

                        Cons

                          Best Uses

                          • Image Manipulation

                          Comments about B+W 77mm Circular Polarizer MRC Filter:

                          I'm using this product with Sony EX1 camcorder as well as Canon 70D.
                          Results are good in both combinations, with Sony EX1 kit lens and Sigma 17-50mm 2.8f lens.
                          Filter is well built, with solid front and back threads. I combined this filter with Tiffen ND .6 and Formatti ND 1.2 soft edge.
                          Results are very clear, crisp images with beautiful blue. Even when sky is clear without clouds you'll see significant difference.

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                          5.0

                          Great filter

                          By G

                          from Kiawah island SC

                          Comments about B+W 77mm Circular Polarizer MRC Filter:

                          Very happy with this product

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                          5.0

                          Great filter

                          By GH

                          from IL

                          Comments about B+W 77mm Circular Polarizer MRC Filter:

                          Great filter. Pics look much better with this filter on my lens.

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                          5.0

                          Great Polarizing Filter

                          By PeteC21

                          from Powder Springs, ga

                          About Me Photo Enthusiast

                          Verified Buyer

                          Pros

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

                          Cons

                            Best Uses

                            • Color Correction
                            • Lens Protection
                            • UV Protection

                            Comments about B+W 77mm Circular Polarizer MRC Filter:

                            I use the B&W CP on my Sigma 70-200 lens for sports and close ups.

                            Thus far it's only received limited use but it has worked like a charm.

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                            • No

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                            5.0

                            Quality Construction / Works Great

                            By Zachary

                            from Lafayette, LA

                            About Me Semi-pro Photographer

                            Verified Buyer

                            Pros

                            • Clear Optics
                            • Strong Construction

                            Cons

                              Best Uses

                              • Image Manipulation

                              Comments about B+W 77mm Circular Polarizer MRC Filter:

                              Everyone needs a polarizing filter (unless you never shoot outdoors!) This one is good quality and works fine. It seems to darken the image a little more than others I have used, but I recommend this filter.

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                              • No

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                              5.0

                              What a fun accessory !!

                              By Fl. Swamp Girl

                              from Dade City, Florida

                              About Me Semi-pro Photographer

                              Verified Buyer

                              Pros

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

                              Cons

                                Best Uses

                                • Color Correction
                                • Lens Protection
                                • UV Protection

                                Comments about B+W 77mm Circular Polarizer MRC Filter:

                                Just recently got a B&W 77mm Circular Polarizer MRC Filter. I live in Florida and we have a problem with our wonderful skies "blowing out". I can now get our beautiful blue skies and white white clouds showing up in my photos in their full glory. It even does a fabulous job with overcast skies and thunderstorm clouds. This filter takes out the green effect one often gets with these clouds when shooting sunsets.Just love it !!

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                                5.0

                                Quality filter

                                By Hoop

                                from Augusta,GA

                                About Me Photo Enthusiast

                                Verified Buyer

                                Pros

                                • Clear Optics
                                • Easily Mounted
                                • Strong Construction

                                Cons

                                  Best Uses

                                  • Image Manipulation

                                  Comments about B+W 77mm Circular Polarizer MRC Filter:

                                  Very well made filter as you would expect from B+W.

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                                  • No

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                                  5.0

                                  B+W = Elite filters

                                  By Shotman

                                  from Charlottesville, VA

                                  About Me Semi-pro Photographer

                                  Verified Buyer

                                  Pros

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

                                  Cons

                                    Best Uses

                                      Comments about B+W 77mm Circular Polarizer MRC Filter:

                                      A must for outdoor photography. Dramatic skies..crisp colors...vivid images. Superior glass and constuction compared to the other brands. If you are going to use a filter, you need one that enhances your photos, not detracts.

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                                      4.0

                                      Does too much research really help?

                                      By Ric Dash

                                      from Plano, TX

                                      About Me Photo Enthusiast

                                      Verified Buyer

                                      Pros

                                      • Canon Lens Cap Fits
                                      • Easily Mounted
                                      • Strong Construction

                                      Cons

                                      • Weak Effect

                                      Best Uses

                                      • Desert Scenes
                                      • High Altitude
                                      • UV Protection
                                      • Water Scenes

                                      Comments about B+W 77mm Circular Polarizer MRC Filter:

                                      I have been shooting for 50 years, and always reseach what I buy. I recently had to make the switch from film to digital which really hurt and forced me to research my new purchases even harder. The web is a get help.My first thought was just to get the Canon filter since I had a Canon 6D with a EF 24-105mm f/4.0L IS USM AF Lens. Hardly the cheapest, especially as it was 77mm. The idea that their ColorCore Glass might be a top choice was tempered by reviews on single coat, MRC (multi-reflection coating), Kaesemann versus non-Kaesemann, Shott glass versus non-Schott, color tinting effects, rippling, ring metal type. These variables seemed to really confuse, and also depended on how you were going to use it (do you need military grade hardness, working underwater, parachuting out a plane?).A few emails to the B&H sales department got me thinking outside the box I started in. Trade offs for cost, quality (which was actually hard to evaluate except for reports of the ring sticking or the lens cap not fitting). The box I most found myself in was the fact (apparently mostly true) that to use my digital camera's autofocus and light meter I needed circular polarization. Although I do manual focus quite a bit, this seemed an issue not to futz with.I checked what kind of linear polarizer I had on my "old" film cameras: 55mm Pro (Japan) [I think this is Pro Optic now] and 55mm Vivitar. Couldn't tell if they were single or multi-coated. Their "effect" on polarized light is much stronger than circular (even though the circular consists of a linear plus circular) where the overwhelming superior results of the B+W EW KSM C-POL MRC 72 mm filter (labelled circular on the box and filter) turned out to be because it was actually linear!I looked at all the major filter brands (even Canon competitors like Nikon). Curious that Canon provides a 1 year warranty and every one else gives 10 yrs (usually for half the price). The filter factor is about 2.5 for all, so no factor in the decision. Having used Shott glass in my undergrad physics experients I place more weight there. And B+W has a good reputation (hopeful the linear switch above is anomolous). I narrowed it down to 4 filters, and eventually got this filter.I immediately went outside on a sunny day to check several things. Light attenuation: yes with the filter on (in its least effective angle) it blocks 1 1/2 f-stops. Autofocus: camera gets a sharp focus on the same object with and without the filter. Effect: couldn't compare with a linear, or other circulars, but does as expected. See attached photos.

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