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June 27, 2011


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Kathy Wesserling

Besides the quality of glass issue, there is something else to consider. I bought a CP for a great price last Fall (waterfall trip). It fell off my camera. Its replacement recently fell in the lake. I ended up finding a Hoya (best price, which was a bit weird.) The big difference was the width of the thread ring; twice as wide as the first two.

That made it easier to connect properly, and with the use of a rubber, easier to determine it was on tight enough. Even staying with turning it in a clock-wise motion, if you can't tell if it's on securely to start with, you run the risk of losing it. The cost of replacing it twice could have gone to a better one in the first place.


though short,helpful advice

Kerry Drager

Hi Kathy and F,
Thanks for the comments!

Kathy, sorry to hear about the loss of your filter. And you make a good point. The newer style of polarizers are a bit tricky, since they are much thinner than the traditional ones. The reason for the thinner style is when using a polarizer for wide-angle ... thick ones (especially when combined with a lens hood) can cause vignetting (dark corners).

I use only the thin polarizers - for some brands, it's the only option nowadays :-) ... During the times that I use the filter, I double-check it regularly to make sure it's secure. Rotating the outer ring, though, can be difficult with a lens hood. Often, I need to remove the lens hood entirely to turn the ring. If I replace the hood, I make sure it doesn't turn the ring and change the orientation.

Thanks again, Kathy!


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