B+W XS-Pro MRC Nano £140, $175

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for 77mm fit­ting


Like Hoya, B+W of­fers up­mar­ket and pre­mium op­tions of cir­cu­lar po­laris­ers. How­ever, the phys­i­cal dif­fer­ences are more no­tice­able, while there’s less dif­fer­ence in price. The more ba­sic B+W F-Pro MRC costs about £110/ $145, has a stan­dard range of multi-coat­ings and a thick pro­file. This XS-Pro ‘Nano’ edi­tion fea­tures up­rated coat­ings which are ex­tremely anti-re­flec­tive, hard-wear­ing, wa­ter- and dirt-re­pel­lent and easy to clean. The low-pro­file de­sign is also much thin­ner, be­ing even more slim than in the Hoya fil­ters. High-qual­ity Schott glass is en­com­passed by a brass frame that has a matte black fin­ish.

While the ul­tra-thin pro­file makes vi­gnetting un­likely, the ad­just­ment ring is a bit tricky to op­er­ate. The B+W also adds a slightly warm colour shift.

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