Breakthrough Photography 72mm X2 Circular Polarizer Filter

Breakthrough Photography 72mm X2 Circular Polarizer Filter

Breakthrough Photography 72mm X2 Circular Polarizer Filter

B&H # BRX2CP72 MFR # X2-CPL-72MM
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Product Highlights

  • Circular Polarizer Filter
  • 2.8x Filter Factor, +1.5 Stops
  • Helps to Eliminate Reflections and Glare
  • Reduces Haze in Landscapes
  • Greater Color and Tonal Saturation
  • MRC Coating, Nano Coating
  • Asahi Glass Construction
  • Aluminum-Alloy Filter Rings
  • 72mm Front Filter Threads
  • Thin Filter Ring, Knurled Sides
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The Breakthrough Photography 72mm X2 Circular Polarizer 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.

To prevent internal ghosting and reflections while providing 99.7% polarizing efficiency and 47% light transmission, each glass surface includes four layers of anti-reflection coating. This Multi-Resistant Coating (MRC) also offers greater protection to the filter substrate and helps it to stay clean for longer than with uncoated filters. The Nano coating associated with X2 circular polarizing filters provides an additional fifth layer over each MRC, resulting in an improved beading effect when in contact with water for greater cleaning efficiency.

This Breakthrough Photography circular polarizer filter is constructed from Asahi glass for increased optical clarity as well as color fidelity and features thin, aluminum-alloy filter rings to minimize the potential for vignetting.

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° angle 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.
Multicoated to prevent internal ghosting and reflections while providing 99.7% polarizing efficiency and 47% light transmission.
2.8x filter factor reduces exposure by 1.5 stops.
Thin filter ring helps to prevent vignetting including with 16mm wide-angle lenses.
72mm front filter threads allow for use with other filters.
Side knurlings to provide a more textured grip when adjusting polarization effect as well as mounting onto or removing from a lens.
Constructed from Asahi glass for optical clarity.
5.9 x 5.9" microfiber cleaning cloth included for filter maintenance.
UPC: 617629975086
In the Box
Breakthrough Photography 72mm X2 Circular Polarizer Filter
  • Microfiber Cleaning Cloth
  • 25-Year Limited Warranty
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    Breakthrough Photography X2 specs

    Filter Type Circular Polarizer
    Filter Factor 2.8 (1.5 Stop)
    Shape Circle
    Circular Size 72 mm
    Front Accessory Thread / Bayonet 72 mm
    Filter Material Glass
    Coatings Multi-Coating
    Packaging Info
    Package Weight 0.25 lb
    Box Dimensions (LxWxH) 4.0 x 4.0 x 1.1"

    Breakthrough Photography X2 reviews

    72mm X2 Circular Polarizer Filter is rated 4.7 out of 5 by 13.
    Rated 3 out of 5 by from Excellent quality; mount design could be better. I bought this filter for my TS-E 24 lens. Optically the filter's excellent, but it could be better mechanically. The beautifully CNC machined threads consistently seize on the lens when the filter's rotated clockwise (tighten the thread direction) until the thread locks down (seizes). When the filter's rotated CCW, the filter loosens. The threaded part of the mount is too thin to grab easily for removing the filterbetter have a set of filter wrenches if you buy this filter. Note: The TS-E's threads are metal. I have another Breakthrough CPL I use on lenses with plastic threads, and that one works fine although I'd still prefer a less-stiff rotating mechanism.
    Date published: 2017-01-29
    Rated 5 out of 5 by from Great customer service This review is for the X4 CP filter, but looks like B&H doesn't carry that one. I purchased one via their Kickstarter campaign, so got one of the first. I have their 6x & 10x ND filters, which I've been delighted with, so got this also. Colors & contrast seem to be represented accurately with all their filters, and workmanship is excellent. These are solidly made filters. What's most impressive, however, is the customer service. I got sand in my CP filter shooting in UT (sand is omnipresent in the air there). Contacted Breakthrough for instructions on shipping it back for cleaning, and they responded w/ a replacement filter immediately. Even included a lens cap in the package; a nice treat for someone who seems to lose a few a year! I wouldn't hesitate to buy again from Breakthrough!
    Date published: 2017-01-04
    Rated 4 out of 5 by from X1 or X2 or X3 differences If you're wondering about Breakthrough Photography's X1 or X2 or X3 differences, you might visit a website that helped me through it. I don't know the reviewer, and I am not affiliated with Breakthrough Photography -- but I've returned several Breakthrough Photography filters because I didn't know the differences among the three designations. So I hope this might help you as it helped me: https://the-gadgeteer.com/2014/11/19/breakthrough-photography-x1-x2-and-x3-uv-filters-review/
    Date published: 2017-11-06
    Rated 5 out of 5 by from Great service and nice polarizing effect I use Polarizers all the time and Breakthrough have created a winner here with a very nice polarizing effect and a smooth ring rotation that is not too loose but easy to turn. Great service and I even upgraded to the X4 filter.
    Date published: 2017-07-26
    Rated 4 out of 5 by from Quality ND filter Nice results when using for long exposure of waterfalls. Expensive but good quality.
    Date published: 2016-11-14
    Rated 5 out of 5 by from Excellent Polarizer I used a uv filter for the last few years and finally went back to a polarizer. Thank goodness! This one is great for images and handling. Other polarizers I used have gotten loose when readjusting, but after a few months I have not yet had that happen at all.
    Date published: 2017-11-04
    Rated 5 out of 5 by from Excellent Polarizer I finally went back to a polarizer. Thank goodness! This one is great for images and handling. Others have gotten loose when readjusting, but after a few months I have not yet had that happen at all.
    Date published: 2017-11-04
    Rated 5 out of 5 by from Quality Circular Polarizing Filter Second one I purchased because it is that good I simply needed to leave it on my 70-300 and one on my 24-70 full time. Fixes issues with blown out skies; enough said.....
    Date published: 2018-04-03
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