If you are a landscape photographer you probably already use a polarizing filter. But if you are new to this type of photography this article is for you! Thanks to the Chinese brand NiSi, with 10 years of experience of making filters, I have had the great opportunity to try and test their latest polarizer, NiSi Landscape polarizer, on the field.
Included in my NiSi V5 filter holder that I bought less than a year ago was a polarizing filter. However NiSi has developed an improved version enhancing saturation, vivid colours which is perfect when you do sunset or sunrise shootings, no color cast nor haze thanks to the ultimate high polarization. A difference that you will see further down on my test shots made with NiSi Landscape polarizer and without, in order to understand what impact it has on your photos. It is also important to know why a use of a polarizer is beneficial for landscape photography so I have listed some of the main benefits of a polarizing filter and why you should make it your best friend on the field! Enhance the tones during sunrise and sunset, no color cast, haze.
What is a polarizing filter?
In technical terms it is an optical filter that let certain light waves pass through while blocking others.
Some of the benefits of a polarizing filter are as followed below:
- reduce reflection (see through shallow water by excluding light reflection fr the surface)
- reduce haze
- increase saturation
- increase vivid colors
NiSi Landscape Polarizer
The NiSi Landscape Polarizer is made by optical glass, from Schott (a German company that produce world class, high quality glass, they produce the excellent Zeiss lenses to name one example!) and has an aluminium structure. The glass is ultra-thin (xx mm?) ensuring you will not have any issues with vignetting (many polarizing filters can add vignetting when using them on wide-angle lenses). To create NiSi Landscape Polarizer a superior quality polarizing film from the Japanese brand Nitto (NPF) have been used providing an incredible effect of 99,9% of polarization. Thanks to the Nano Coating the filter is well protected and also water proved. NiSi Landscape Polarizer is 86mm in diameter and is only compatible with NiSi filter holders V3, V5 and V5Pro. The CPL is easily cleaned by simply using a microfiber cloth.
Test shots, without polarizing filter, with NiSi polarizing filter and with NiSi Landscape Polarizing filter:
If you did not know the use and benefits of a polarizer before, I hope you are now convinced why you should always bring it with you when you are out shooting. And if you want to use one of the best existing on the market with superior quality, I can truly recommend NiSi Landscape Polarizer (have in mind that it is only compatible with NiSi holder). One thing I have learned during my time as a photographer, never waste money on cheap products. You have probably invested in a great lens, then, only a high quality filter should have the honor to be in front of it ;-) Have fun shooting!