A Circular Polarizer is the must have filter for every photographer and Hoyas NXT Plus Circular Polarizer is a powerful upgrade to the best-selling NXT series. The new filter employs a waterproof top coat to Hoyas polished smooth glass for easy cleaning. Dirt, smudges and water wipe away easily. Using 10 layers of Hoyas patented anti-reflection (AR) multi-coatings your images show improved contrast, color and sharpness. The polarizing film is optical thin with a filter factor of 1.72 for faster AF and improved viewing over standard PL films. Hoyas high quality polarized glass is mounted into a precision milled aluminum slim frame,
making it lightweight and perfect for your wide-angle lenses. Despite the slim profile the filter includes front filter threads so you can attach additional filters or your protective lens cap.
What does a Polarizer do?
Polarizers do one thing: Remove Reflections. Think sunglasses for your lenses. By removing reflections, you reveal the color, texture and detail beneath. So, leaves are greener, skies are bluer, and the beautiful rocks at the bottom of that secret mountain lake are revealed. CRPLs are also great for removing reflections from car windows, painted surfaces, or just about any non-metallic surface. Depending on the lighting conditions the effect can be dramatic or subtle but it never hurts to pop it on and give it a try. Circular polarizers are easy to use too. Once attached to your lens simply rotate the outer ring of the filter while looking through your viewfinder or LCD screen until you achieve the right amount of reflection control. When the colors and detail look right, take the picture.
Water Proof Top-Coat
Hoya Polished Clear Glass
10-Layer HMC Multi-coating
1.72 filter factor
Low-profile Aluminum Frame
This review is for the Hoya 67mm NXT Plus UV HMC Multi-Coated Slim Frame Glass Filter, which I have recently purchased.
As a serious photographer, filters are an important tool in your camera bag. To most, UV filters "are just a thing to cover your front lens element"...well, they're more than that. They must be of the most high quality as possible, as you frequently place polarizers and neutral density filters in front of it. I use only Hoya NXT Plus filters on my Canon L lenses. The quality is superb and the price is right.
Only recently did I discover my cheap (under $10) UV filters could catch a light at a certain angle which would cause flare on my images. I still support the idea of having a protective glass lens so rather than leave my lens naked I decided to try a better, recommended by users, filter.
I ordered this Hoyer 72mm Circular Polarizer to replace another less expensive Polarizer purchased from another company that was causing unwanted vignetting. This beautiful Polarizer solved my problem. It usually pays to purchase a more quality product than to try to save a few dollars on a lesser quality item.
While the optics of this filter are likely good, I was attracted to the slim fit attribute for my Olympus TG-5. Different than the slim designs for the Hoya filters I have purchased for my Nikon SLR, this filter comes in two inseparable pieces to enable rotation like a polarizing filter only UV does not require rotation. This is not shown in the photo and makes the filter both thicker and difficult to thread. Returned and went with a Hoya 40.5mm HMC UV Digital Slim Frame Multi-Coated Glass Filter which was in a single frame, also multicoated and much cheaper.
I purchased a few of these UV filters to protect the end of a few of my lenses. I typically install UV filters permanently on all my lenses to protect the end of the lens from getting scratched or damaged. These were replacements for the Gobe UV filters I purchased a while back, as I wasn't too impressed the the clarity of the Gobe UV filters, I have no complains about their ND or CPL filters, just their UV filters. These seem to be much better than the Gobe's and hopefully they'll last a while.
Clearly a high-quality product. I use it on a Fujifilm medium format lens and the GFX 100 camera (100 MP) and any flaw would be immediately noticeable. But, I see no flaws, and the depth of colors and reduced “popping” of hot spots from bright sun are immediately noticeable in the form of much more pleasing outdoor photos. I also have water (mostly rivers) in many pictures I’ve taken with this filter and the reduced glare is also a big plus. I rate value lower only because these aren’t cheap.
I had a little problem wearing the filter on the lens. not disappointed but not perfectly satisfied.