CPL's can work wonders for your photos by increasing the contrast, deepening the blue in the sky, bringing more vibrancy, and acting like a Neutral Density filter by letting less light in. But not all CPLs work as effectively. Some don't add as much contrast or deepen your sky as much. Some come out with different colors of what you are actually viewing in person. You can find very cheap CPLs at Best Buy or Ritz but those are cheap, break easy, don't have much impact to your photos and are just a waste of money. My advice is to buy a nice CPL that has durability and will last you quite some time.Top filters mentioned in article:
Polarizers are key to giving you that contrast and colors you want in a picture!
I will display for you some of the best CPLs there are that can give you a nice blue sky like the photo on the left, with great contrasting colors.
Tiffen offers a great Circular Polarizer for a very nice price. The build quality is fair and if taken care of it will last quite some time. This CPL will offer nice contrast to make your photo look great. This CPL is threaded on the front allowing for more filters such as a Neutral Density filter to be placed on the front. If you are just beginning to get into photography, this a great one to have in your bag without breaking the bank!
While many people aren't fans of having a Hoya Filter, I certainly am! I have owned many Hoya filters from CPLs to ND filters to Infrared Filters, and all if which have been pleasant to me and my photos. This CPL here made by Hoya is a nice build and is quite resistant to scratches (very important). I have used this filter on my 11-18mm and there is no vignetting at all. It gives you nice contrast and blocks out a great portion of light to give you longer exposures.
This filter is more pricey but will make your pictures pop! It gives excellent contrast while deepening the blues in your sky! It is very well built and will last you awhile. The glass is strong and precise giving it durability. It is multi-coated so it will give you accurate colors. A great buy!
A German made company that offers excellent glass all around.
This CPL can be compared to the Hoya HD multi-coat above.
I believe this filter and the Hoya are the best bargain filters without breaking the bank. They off great contrast and reflection reduction!
One of the best CPLs I have ever used! It provides amazing contrast and gives you amazing deep blues in your sky! The construction is very well built giving it durability and sturdiness! The glass is very clean and flawless all around, giving you accurate colors every time! Even though it is more expensive, it is worth every penny!
Heliopan is known for their amazing clear glass and the amount of contrast their filters add.. why? Because they do! This filter is extremely easy to clean! The construction on it is flawless and it cuts reflections better than anything! I highly recommend this filter!