When it comes to tools and photo gear I’m not much of a middle grounder, I either like something and it meets expectations or it doesn’t hang around long.
I imagine in many instances a lot of people feel the same way though at times you may have to make do with what’s on hand.
Which brings me to lens filters – I’ve had some that inspite of their proclaimed purpose they did little more than act as a front element protector.
I don’t have a clue how many filters are made, or what all their different purposes are said to be as there are really only three I have an interest in and use.
The obligatory (or should be) UV or Lens Protect variety, polarizing filters, and NDs.
I’ve had some real dogs along the way regarding CPLs and NDs but arrived at a point where I’m satisfied with what I have.
My favorite is a Luzid “super thin frame” 77mm CPL – ND 16 – this thing rocks.
The build quality as well as optical glass employed is unbeatable in my opinion.
Optical glass as in Schott B270 that includes 16 layers of oil, water, and dirt resistance nano coating.
Real honest to goodness high grade metal construction featuring a knurled ring that will out last me by a long shot.
Over time I’ve acquired a number of step up/ step down rings that allow the ability to attach various size filters to a variety of lenses – but I was also fortunate when acquiring this filter to also acquire a 52-77mm Luzid adapter.
Quality brass construction featuring knurled sides to facilitate turning.
It has always been my contention that photography and associated gear are promoted as “specialty” items – with that comes a whatever the highest price the market will bear approach usually accompanied by promises that you’re game will be dramatically ramped up if you’ll only pony up the money.
Granted there are lenses etc worth more than a few bucks, but really …. can we talk?
Check out the comparisons in the first link and think about it.
I don’t work for Luzid or anyone in the photography industry but I know a good thing when I see it and understand a lot of people are priced out of various markets, that’s why I occasionally say hey, look at this.
There may actually be better filters than those Luzid offers, but the specs seem to indicate otherwise.
In addition I own Luzids ND1000 and a couple of ICE ND filters, which is an associate (?) of Luzid and I have zero complaints about them as well.
If you aren’t familiar with NDs or CPLs and their usage, considering one, or not satisfied with one you may currently own you might consider checking out Luzid.