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B+W 77mm Circular Polarizer MRC Filter

B&H # BWCPMC77 Mfr # 66-044844
You Pay: $112.25
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 134 reviews)

    Ratings Distribution

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    98%

    of respondents would recommend this to a friend.

    Pros

    • Clear optics (96)
    • Strong construction (90)
    • Firm mount (73)
    • Consistent effect (51)
    • Easy to use (44)

    Cons

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

    Best Uses

    • Image manipulation (40)
    • Color correction (39)
    • Lens protection (33)
    • Shooting outdoors (19)
    • UV protection (17)
      • Reviewer Profile:
      • Photo enthusiast (49), Semi-pro photographer (29), Tech savvy (10), Casual photographer (9), Pro photographer (9)
      • Was this a gift?:
      • No (81)

    Most Liked Positive Review

     

    A durable, well-constructed filter

    I use polarizer filters for almost every outdoor shot, half of my indoor shots, and a notable amount of my studio still-life shots. Why? Because I value crisp light, deep blues and...Read complete review

    I use polarizer filters for almost every outdoor shot, half of my indoor shots, and a notable amount of my studio still-life shots. Why? Because I value crisp light, deep blues and rich greens. With a polarizer, you can just “dial” the clouds into crispness, the water into translucence, and make colors more vivid. Of course, you can get some of this back in post processing, but why not capture more of what you want in the RAW file?

    B+W make great filters, and their Circular Polarizer Multi-Coated filter is one of the best I’ve used. For sunny, outside shots I highly recommend the multi-coating, which reduces the artifacts caused by the filter itself. (Remember, since you must rotate the filter, you may find it inconvenient to keep your lens shade on--especially when shooting quickly.) Overcast or indoor shots are less likely to produce such ghosting artifacts.

    I’ve found the B+W film coating to be more scratch-resistant than the Hoya filter coatings, so they last longer and can be cleaned with less concern about damage. Though not a “Kaesemann” filter, these filters are tight yet dust and moisture resistant for all non-extreme conditions. I find the B+W Circular Polarizer Multi-Coated filter to provide just the right balance between ease of operation and weather resistance.

    For those worried about the 1.3 stop loss, consider the payback: color and contrast over haze and glare. The 1.3 stop of light loss is easily compensated for by using a fast lens and/or increasing the ISO.

    One last consideration: I prefer the regular threaded filter to the “Slim” version for most lenses because I leave the polarizer on my lens and prefer the lens caps that “snap-in” to this threaded part, rather than the plastic cover that presses over the “thin” filter. I always lose the press-on covers and don’t have ready replacements. However, at the widest angle on wide angle lenses, you may get vignetting from the regular filter. Then a “thin” filter is best.

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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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    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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          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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            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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                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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                    5.0

                    Wow Great does that tell you I like this

                    By DrSailmaker

                    from Va Beach, VA

                    About Me Semi-pro Photographer

                    Verified Buyer

                    Pros

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

                    Cons

                    • None

                    Best Uses

                    • Color Correction
                    • Image Manipulation
                    • Lens Protection
                    • Outdoors

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

                    On my 70-200 and 100-400 L lens for all outdoor shots.

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                    5.0

                    Quality Filter from B+W

                    By Travis R

                    from Roswell, GA

                    About Me Semi-pro Photographer

                    Verified Buyer

                    Pros

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

                    Cons

                      Best Uses

                      • Landscape Photography
                      • Reducing glare

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

                      A must have for any landscape photographer. I bought this filter to replace one that I dropped last year. Quality materials, it shows a tiny bit in the corners of my images using my 17-40L at 17MM on full frame.

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                      5.0

                      Just perfect one

                      By Thang Nguyen

                      from Hanoi Vietnam

                      About Me Casual Photographer

                      Pros

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

                      Cons

                      • Cost

                      Best Uses

                      • Color Correction
                      • Lens Protection

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

                      this filter you must have if you like landscape photography

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                      • No

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                      5.0

                      Excellent quality

                      By DDP

                      from Edgewood, WA

                      About Me Pro Photographer

                      Verified Buyer

                      Pros

                      • Consistent Effect
                      • Easily Mounted
                      • Strong Construction

                      Cons

                      • None

                      Best Uses

                      • Image Manipulation
                      • Lens Protection

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

                      Maybe I'm just brand-loyal but I've got half a dozen filters for various lenses and video cameras and they're all B+W.
                      Build is solid and they perform as advertised.

                      Spendy - Yes but quality always is.

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                      5.0

                      Variable ND Filter - SWEET

                      By Ryan

                      from Binghamton, NY

                      About Me 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 77mm Circular Polarizer MRC Filter:

                        Another quality B+W filter. I'm pairing this with a Tiffen linear polarizer to act as a variable ND and it works great. Some color issues when in certain orientations but is mostly avoidable.

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                        5.0

                        Improves Contrast and Saturation

                        By Miss Robot

                        from Long Beach, CA

                        About Me Casual Photographer

                        Verified Buyer

                        Pros

                          Cons

                            Best Uses

                            • Image Manipulation
                            • Lens Protection

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

                            Totally worth it =)

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                            4.0

                            Good quality

                            By Jacob

                            from California

                            About Me Photo Enthusiast

                            Verified Buyer

                            Pros

                            • Clear Optics
                            • Consistent Effect
                            • Strong Construction

                            Cons

                              Best Uses

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

                                This filter does the job it's supposed to, and it's always good to have a polarizer available for use. The filter itself feels very solid. My only problem is that it tends to get stuck on the UV filter that I always leave on my lens. However, I was able to get it unstuck in about a minute just by rotating the polarizer part for a little while in the direction that loosens the filter. I think that the rotating polarizer part of the filter is just a bit stiff since it's new, and when it is rotated during use, it can tighten the bottom of the filter to the threads of the filter beneath. I'm hopeful that the rotating piece will loosen up a bit over time, but even if it doesn't, I don't have a problem with the filter because it is only a very minor inconvenience to get it off when it becomes a bit stuck.

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                                5.0

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

                                  I have used B+W polarizers for many years. My recent purchase was to replace one that I dropped in to a deep body of water. For the price B+W filters are hard working and reliable. I put them on and they just perform.

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                                  5.0

                                  Excellent Filter

                                  By PassionateGuy

                                  from Vancouver, BC

                                  About Me Photo Enthusiast

                                  Verified Buyer

                                  Pros

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

                                  Cons

                                  • Cross-Threads Easily

                                  Best Uses

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

                                    B+W is reputable as one of the top brand names. This 77mm CPL filter is excellent in build quality. Be aware when using this with an ultra-wide angle lens though, as there may be vignetting at the wider ends.

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                                    5.0

                                    Excellent Product

                                    By PhotoNut

                                    from Ohio

                                    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:

                                      This filter is another example of a high quality B&W product. It is easy to use, and the results it produces are nothing below fantastic.

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