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Decent deal for both filters.
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Is it just the Green that is available for this price?
I'd love it in red or black...
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Unless they've really changed things recently, I'd avoid the MeFoto polarizer. Just used mine for the first time to a few shots in Iceland, because I didn't have the chance to buy a higher-end CPL for this lens diameter yet - ended up having to throw away almost all shots taken with the filter, due to a strong color cast and fairly dramatic loss of contrast. Unfortunately didn't notice the degradation til I was home.
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Unless they've really changed things recently, I'd avoid the MeFoto polarizer. Just used mine for the first time to a few shots in Iceland, because I didn't have the chance to buy a higher-end CPL for this lens diameter yet - ended up having to throw away almost all shots taken with the filter, due to a strong color cast and fairly dramatic loss of contrast. Unfortunately didn't notice the degradation til I was home.
Thanks for the tip. Any sample photos, by chance?
Reading through reviews of the polarizer - they aren't terribly detailed. I wonder if it might be worth spending a bit more for something a bit more-known.
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Recommend Mefoto for their tripods but not their filters. Polarizing filters I have found the most differing quality between cheap and not cheap. I like formatt hitech firecrest for filters especially at the affordable 58mm size. B&H has special pricing on the formatt hitech line. Worth every cent. Hoya has been decent. Anything lower than that I haven't enjoyed.
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Guaranteed a filter this cheap is junk. It may do some of what it claims, but the coatings are usually poor, durability isn't there, and the glass is sub-par.

Even if you just want to mess with filters, buy something a little better. There are plenty of decent, but not crazy expensive, filters out there. (Though CPLs tend to cost more than other types, unless you look at variable ND filters.)

If you're serious about photography, whether pro or amateur enthusiast, you probably shelled out for good lenses. Don't completely negate that amazing glass by using crappy filters.

For reference: I scooped up deals for Sirui 77mm CPL filters a few months back for $20 each. They use good multicoatings, Schott optical-grade glass, and are extra slim to minimize vignetting. MSRP is supposedly around $85 for these. They're much better than cheap off-brand filters.
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I bought these a little while ago for my Canon 18-135 and they look nice but I have only used the UV filter so far not the CPL so no idea if it is good or not, I probably should try it out though and see if it's any good.
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I'm waiting for the 77mm😕
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Unless they've really changed things recently, I'd avoid the MeFoto polarizer. Just used mine for the first time to a few shots in Iceland, because I didn't have the chance to buy a higher-end CPL for this lens diameter yet - ended up having to throw away almost all shots taken with the filter, due to a strong color cast and fairly dramatic loss of contrast. Unfortunately didn't notice the degradation til I was home.
Interesting, I shot a few portraits with it and didn't notice those issues. But then again, I'm not shooting landscape. Would you be able to show samples?
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Guaranteed a filter this cheap is junk. It may do some of what it claims, but the coatings are usually poor, durability isn't there, and the glass is sub-par.

Even if you just want to mess with filters, buy something a little better. There are plenty of decent, but not crazy expensive, filters out there. (Though CPLs tend to cost more than other types, unless you look at variable ND filters.)

If you're serious about photography, whether pro or amateur enthusiast, you probably shelled out for good lenses. Don't completely negate that amazing glass by using crappy filters.

For reference: I scooped up deals for Sirui 77mm CPL filters a few months back for $20 each. They use good multicoatings, Schott optical-grade glass, and are extra slim to minimize vignetting. MSRP is supposedly around $85 for these. They're much better than cheap off-brand filters.
The CPLs might be flawed, but the UV filters are a good deal. They're definitely not higher end filters like B+Ws MRC offerings, but they perform quite well in my experience. The multicoatings are a bit better than Hoya's UV(C) filters. Construction wise, they're a bit worse than Hoya as they're extremely slim.
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I'm waiting for the 77mm😕
Same here ... deal only has small size
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Unless they've really changed things recently, I'd avoid the MeFoto polarizer. Just used mine for the first time to a few shots in Iceland, because I didn't have the chance to buy a higher-end CPL for this lens diameter yet - ended up having to throw away almost all shots taken with the filter, due to a strong color cast and fairly dramatic loss of contrast. Unfortunately didn't notice the degradation til I was home.
I tested the filters in various sizes in the landscape and didn't see any problem you described. I posted a couple test pics months ago for SDers when these first showed up on SD, there were no complaints regarding image quality. I removed those pics a few weeks ago. Possibly you received just a bad filter, or maybe they changed the manufacturing process? All the ones I bought in various sizes don't produce those types of serious problems.

I've mainly use B+W CPLs for years. I only bought the Mefotos to see how good they were for the price. For someone on a budget these filters are ok, just not the best in terms of coatings, you won't deep blue sky, & so-so durability since the rings are cheaply constructed.

Always test your new gear before taking them out to a serious shoot. Wink
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