Tuesday, February 1, 2011

Marumi Filters Review

What is better than having to review 1 pc of Marumi filter? Well how about 5 of them? I was lucky enough to have been given 5 pieces of Marumi filter to play with or rather to review. First up would be the Marumi DHG (Digital High Grade) lens protect filters.

First impression of these filters were they are well built with no play between the glass and the metal ring. On top of that, they were fairly slim, so the issue of vignetting won't crop up.
Both pieces of the Lens Protect filters were made to do just that - protect your lenses from finger smudges, incoming beer splashes etc.

Next up were the Circular Polarizer filters (Super and normal) both DHG. I tested both of them out to get the normal clear blue sky and couldn't really tell the difference between the 2. Both of them provided equal effect on the shoot. Besides from turning the sky blue, Cir PL can be used to "shoot" through glass or water reflections.Again built quality on the filters were top notch but I found the Super Cir PL to be of better built. There was a slight play on the normal Cir PL, not that it will affect any picture quality but I'm a fuss pot.

Last but not the least and I must say the favorite of the lot, we have the Light Control 8 filter which  darkens everything or acts as a sunglasses for the lens. You will need this filter to get long exposures when shooting waterfalls, silky smooth sea effect etc. I use this filter a lot in landscape and even portrait shooting sessions when I need it to darken the background and then using strobes to light up the main subject. 

In conclusion, the Marumi range of filters tested out, were well built and got the job done. The screw thread areas were well rounded and did not have any sharp edges as compared to those found in lower grade filters. The filter rings had a nice high quality black coating around them. You can be sure that these filters will not damage your lens filter threads from its excellent built quality.


  1. Thank you for a very informative discussion of the Marumi filters. I purchased the circular Super Polarizer and have been very satisfied with its performance. It's a 68mm, and now I'm shopping for a 58mm version for a Nikkor 55-300mm f/4.5-5.6. They appear to represent a very good value for the investment.

  2. Glad you found the article informative Joseph :)

  3. Thank you for the review. I just purchased the Marumi 72DHG lens protect for my canon 18-200mm lens.

  4. Thank you for the review. Not being familiar with the Marumi line of products, it was helpful in making my purchase decision. I should receive the filter (82mm Super DHG circular polarizing) tomorrow.

  5. Thank's a lot,kevchooi!

  6. I've been using the Marumi DHG polarizers. They are excellent filters.


  7. Thanks for the review, I have just ordered a super lens protect 95mm for my new sigma 150-600 lens.

  8. Thanks for the review, I have just ordered a super lens protect 95mm for my new sigma 150-600 lens.



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