"This CPL filter by Gobe is making my photos far superior to what they were. Adding a richness to them that I absolutely can't get enough of." – Khan bought our CPL 2Peak
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Gobe Circular Polarizing Filters (CPL Filters) cut reflections, boost colour saturation and increase contrast by cutting out reflected polarized light. Our polarizing filters cut out polarized light, which usually washes out images with silvery reflected light. Our CPL filters cut out 99.9% of reflected light from water, glass, and non-metallic surfaces, uncovering bolder colours. Our CPL filters block diffused light from any direction. Simply rotate the outer element of the filter to adjust the level of polarization based on the direction of the light source. Our CPL filters give you greater creative control when there is excessive reflected light like you’ll experience in outdoor photography and filmmaking. At full polarization, our CPL creates a 1.33 f-stop light reduction. All Gobe CPL filters are built with premium quality materials and are guaranteed for life. And each filter plants 5 trees so future generations can enjoy nature as much as we do now. All our circular filters come with a protective travel tin case, a recycled cleaning cloth, and recycled plastic-free packaging. Read more Read less
Gobe Circular Polarizing Filters (CPL Filters) cut reflections, boost colour saturation and increase contrast by cutting out reflected polarized light. Our polarizing filters cut out polarized light, which usually washes out images with silvery reflected light. Our CPL filters cut out 99.9% of reflected light from water, glass, and non-metallic surfaces, uncovering ... Read more Read less
Which range of CPL filter should I buy?
Let the quality of your lens guide your choice. Or simply go for the best – our 3Peak professional range.
Gobe has three different ranges of filters: 1Peak (Entry-level), 2Peak (Mid-tier), and 3Peak (Professional). When deciding which range is right for you, the most important consideration is the lenses you’ll be using them on. Let the quality of your lens guide your decision because an entry-level lens filter on a professional lens may affect image quality. Our 3Peak professional range is made with German SCHOTT optical glass – considered the best optical glass in the world.
If you are still unsure which range is best for you, read our Beginner's Guide to Lens Filters and Lens Adapters.
How do I get the most out of my CPL?
Use the 90-degree rule, then back it off a bit.
To achieve the strongest polarization possible, the reflected light source needs to be at 90-degrees to your CPL. To check this, make an L-shape using your thumb and index finger. Point your thumb at the lens and wherever your index finger is pointed, that is the angle that will achieve maximum polarisation. Sometimes at full polarization, the effect can look unrealistic so we suggest you back it off a bit for a slightly softer polarization.
Can I use a CPL with wide-angle and telephoto lenses?
Yes, absolutely. We recommend our 3Peak range for telephoto lenses.
Make sure you have the right size filter and you’re all set. All our filters are designed with a super slim rim to minimise any vignetting that can occur with wide-angle lenses. Because of the amount of glass in a telephoto lens, opting for our 3Peak CPL filter will provide the best possible image quality.
What’s the difference between CPL and linear polarisers?
A circular polarizer blocks reflected light from any angle while a linear polarizer only blocks reflected light from one direction.
A CPL offers more versatility and works better with digital cameras. Both linear and circular polarizers look the same, and they both do the same thing – reduce reflections on non-metallic surfaces such as water, glass and wet surfaces, and they increase colour saturation too. A CPL filter is essentially a linear polariser with an extra glass element that allows you to adjust your lens filter to block polarised light from different directions.
How do I clean my CPL filter?
Use a premium, chemical-free glass cleaning solution, and a microfibre cleaning cloth.
Our Cleaning Kit has everything you need to keep your filters cleaner for longer. Start by blowing and then brushing away the offending debris. If that works, you're good to go. Avoid using the cleaning cloth and lens solution if it's not necessary. If required, consciously spritz your cloth with a chemical-free cleaning solution (check that it can be used with coated glass – ours can) and, using circular motions, start wiping from the centre of the filter outwards. Read our full cleaning guide
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