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Circular Polarisers

67mm Kaesemann MRC XS-Pro

R2 495 R1 995

That name seems like a nonsensical mouthful of marketing gibberish, but it actually isn’t. Understanding what makes their filters the best isn’t that simple. Making sense of some of the aspects requires a very good understanding of optics, but I have done my best to simplify it and hope that it makes sense to you.

Kaesemann

The Kaesemann name association involves the following –

  1. As mentioned in the choosing article, the polariser has a layered construction consisting of polarising foils and glass. Kaesemann filters use the very best materials and manufacturing processes to ensure that the layers are perfectly plano-parallel/flat. This ensures that a very high percentage of the light passes through (good optical efficiency), without being distorted in any way (optimal light transmission), or affecting the colours and thus creating a colour cast.
  2. Kaesemann filters are extremely well sealed to prevent moisture from entering the layers and potentially ruining the filter.

MRC

The multi-resistant coating serves two purposes –

  1. The easy to understand one is that it is a hard coating that prevents scratches from cleaning, to prolong the lifespan of the filter.
  2. The complicated one is it ensures that the light transmission isn’t compromised by reflections (light scattering) when passing through the filter. Simplified even more – The MRC coating assists in making sure that the light comes out as it went in, less only the polarized light.

XS-Pro

As mentioned, this is the new name association that packs three very useful features –

  1. The first is a special new water-repellent nano coating. Water beads on an XS-Pro filter like it should on a R5000 rain jacket. This makes it super easy to clean, which in turn also prolongs the lifespan of the filter.
  2. The second feature is rings made of brass, which doesn’t jam as easily as cheaper metals usually used for screw-in filters.
  3. Finally, the XS-Pro filters are substantially thinner than their predecessors, which ensures that you can use it with modern ultra-wide lenses.

I hope that this article gives you some insight into why these polarisers are the best ones on the market. LANDSCAPEGEAR.CO.ZA carries stock of the 67mm, 77mm and 82mm sizes. If you ever want a different size, please get in touch via the contact page. This is the only brand that we import on our own and shipping time is 3-5 business days.

 

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