What’s a CPL Filter?
A CPL filter – which stands for circular polarizer/linear – is a glass attachment that can reduce the glare from reflected surfaces.
How does it help? Polarized light comes from light that has been reflected off of something. Can come from light reflecting off an alpine lake, reflections from a coffee shop window, or even light reflecting off moisture and pollution in the atmosphere. Polarized light is made up of scattered light rays and is something you don’t want in your shot. The CPL Phone Filter filters out this polarized light, leaving you with an awesome image that you can’t replicate post production. Bluer skies, greener trees, and super sharp clarity in your final image.
Features and Compatibility for Moment’s Antiglare CPL Filter:
- Premium fused silica optical glass for supreme clarity
- Advanced 16 layer optical coatings
- Knurled grip texture for more control and easy removal from lenses
- Stacks with fixed NDs, Moment Cinebloom, or UV Filters
- Smooth rotation ring for precise polarization adjustment
- Available for standard camera lens sizes 58mm - 82mm
Of course I work for Moment and believe we make top-quality products. I’m constantly astounded by the perfectionistic tendencies our gear team commits to, and the many hours of hard earned beers it takes to get there. However, I’m a very non-technical photographer; I tend to steer away from unnecessary gadgets and gizmos, filters included. When I was asked to create photographs with our new CPL, I sighed in disbelief. “Me, really?”, I pondered. Nonetheless, I accepted the challenge and bribed my best friend, Eunice Beck, to gander around Arizona’s famous Canyon Lake for sunset. We packed our to-go coffees and tea, strapped our beloved cameras around our neck, and drove an hour East to a place where reflective surfaces and sunny skies cover the atmosphere.
Upon initial reaction, I didn’t quite understand the point of such a tool. I threaded the filter on my lens before looking at the LED screen, and noticed crisp detail in the water and skies (DUH, Natalie, where you’re supposed to!), but wasn’t taken back. However, I immediately gasped once I took off the filter, kept the same camera settings, and truly saw the difference it made having it on versus not at all. The skies without the CPL were vastly overexposed, had little to no detail, I could barely make out the true color of the sky, and the foreground’s shadows were muddier than desired. The AntiGlare CPL filter made it so that the image’s dynamic range was much crisper and clearer than what your eyes can see; almost like having the classic, juicy dynamic range of an iPhone. See below for a side by side difference.