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I had never given a second thought to which brand(s) of filters to purchase until recently. I used to buy either Tiffen or Hoya, because those were the ones that my local camera stores carried. Has anyone here had experience with Quantaray, specifically their circular polarizer? The few people that I had asked about it say that it will kill the sharpness of my lens. It does stand to reason that a chain is no stronger than its weakest link and that a lens system is no sharper than its cheapest element, but I'm going to be using it on ...

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    I had never given a second thought to which brand(s) of filters to
    purchase until recently. I used to buy either Tiffen or Hoya, because
    those were the ones that my local camera stores carried.

    Has anyone here had experience with Quantaray, specifically their
    circular polarizer? The few people that I had asked about it say that
    it will kill the sharpness of my lens. It does stand to reason that a
    chain is no stronger than its weakest link and that a lens system is no
    sharper than its cheapest element, but I'm going to be using it on a
    $500 Canon EF IS USM, not on one of their top-of-the-line series L $5000
    jobs.

    As long as we're at it, how about Cokin?

    O Guest

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    O R wrote: 

    Let me understand this..... Just because it isn't one of Canon's L
    lenses you are willing to put something in front of it that you are sure
    will cause loss of sharpness? Is this what you are saying?

    My only IS lens is the 28-135 but I consider what I put in front of it
    the same as I do with my L glass.

    Stay away from the off brand filters.....

    Bob

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    I had originally posted:
     

    ...to which BobSull responded:
     

    No, Bob, that is NOT what I am saying. I do NOT know the quality of
    Quantaray filters -- I had never even heard of them until the other day.
    If, on a quality scale from 1 to 3, "L" lenses are grade 3 and "EF"
    lenses are grade 1, it is *possible* that Quantaray filters are grade 2.
    In that case, they would *not* be the weaker link in the lens/filter
    chain.




    O Guest

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    Private brand filters are usually bought in bulk from the lowest qualifying
    bidder. You're never quite sure of what you are getting. Having said that,
    the Quantaray products are usually of pretty fair quality, made by
    respectable manufacturers. Not the quality of a B&W, but it will probably
    work.

    "O R" <net> wrote in message
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