Nikon FTA61001 77mm C-PL II Filter
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- Multi-coated for higher quality images
- Thin style filter for use with wide angle lenses
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Description for Nikon FTA61001 77mm C-PL II Filter
Light rays which are reflected by any surface become polarized and polarizing filters are used to select which light rays enter your camera lens. They allow you to remove unwanted reflections from non-metallic surfaces such as water, glass etc. They also enable colors to become more saturated and appear clearer, with better contrast. This effect is often used to increase the contrast and saturation in blue skies and white clouds. Polarizers do not affect the overall color balance of a shot. It is important that you choose the correct version of polarizer for your camera. Many of today's cameras use semi-silvered mirrors or prisms to split the light entering the viewfinder in order to calculate exposure and focusing distance. Polarizing filters can sometimes interact with these items to give unpredictable exposure or focusing. So we recommend that you choose a circular polarizer unless you have a manual focus camera which has no beam splitter. If you will be using your polarizing filter on a lens which has a focal length of 28 millimeter or wider (on a 35 millimeter camera), we recommend that you use a wide circular polarizer to avoid a possible vignette effect.
Wide filters are designed specifically for wide angle lenses, when using a wide filter the standard lens cap that comes with your lens may not fit on the front of the filter.
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Nikon is a master optics maker and this piece of optic is indeed a little masterpiece.
I was hesitant to buy this one for my wide-angle lens due to the fact that you could still attach a lens cap. I thought it would vignette, but I read the specs on all of the other available wide-angle CP's and none of them are slimmer than 5mm (which is the thickness of this CP). So, I went ahead a took a leap of faith. I'm glad I did!
This is an excellent quality product. Get ONE that will fit your largest diameter lens, and get B+W step-up rings for your other lenses so you can use a CP on all of your lenses without buying a CP for each.
One very noteworthy feature is that it's very kind to gradients on wides. The fall-off especially with skies is blending very nicely, so I don't have to worry about harsh transitions. It's the only filter I use, and I did away with stepping rings so that I could use it with my other lenses. It's constructed really well, has smooth rotation and is a delight to use. The colors it helps to bring out are surreal, yet authentic, and there are no "distortions". With mitigating/eliminating refection and refraction the performance of this filter is far superior to any other ones I've tried.
A thing to watch out for is that filter tends to be very susceptible to getting stuck. It's fairly thin, so with rotational element, it's hard to get a good grip. Avoid over-tightening when putting it on, otherwise it's a tad stubborn to come off.
Nikon is famous for the lenses, and the glass used in the filter is their special ground glass. It is hard, not easy to break, but easy to clean! The frame is also made of quality metal, light yet sturdy. In addition, the filter is weather/water-proof. How do I know all these? I accidentally dropped it in wet mud when photographing in a tulip field. Unfortunately, there seemed to be some tiny sand grains trapped between the rotating rings, and made a little grinding noise when turned. In order to finish my assignment, I had to clean the glass hastily with just my shirt sleeve (not a good way to clean due to the "sandpaper" effect). Upon return, in order to flush out the sand grain in the ring gap, I used a tooth brush, running water, a can of compressed air, pressured water jet (for cleaning teeth), even a small screwdriver trying to "open" it (no, the filter didn't budge). After all these abuses, and for many times, the sand grains seemed to dislodge gradually. I thought the filter was probably destroyed after all the bad treatments. To my surprise, there is no moisture or dust between the glasses, the frame holds its shape perfectly, and the ring turns smoothly. Even better, after cleaning the glass with rubbing alcohol (make sure to wipe dry right away), I do not see any visible scratches under the sun! It is not only top quality for its optical performance, but also for its professional built!
People often rave about B+W or Marumi polarizers due to one website's reviews. I believe this hidden gem from Nikon, though not reviewed then, is right up there with them, if not better.