Promaster Professional HGX polarizer

Discussion in 'Pentax' started by steve_t.|1, Aug 17, 2012.

  1. From a local shop, today I bought a Promaster Professional Digital HGX polarizer filter, 49mm size, to use with my DA Limited lenses. It was $90, cheaper than what this website sells it for. (Cheaper than Amazon, non-existent at Adorama and B&H.) This is the higher grade Promaster polarizer, the standard grade was just under $40. This "Pro" level has a lower profile ring, and an allegedly better coating system (reflections and surface grime). For another $25+ I could have bought a B+W polarizer of the same size but I wanted to preserve some $$.
    Anyone have experience with these Promaster Pro HGX polarizers?
  2. Steve,
    The Polish magazine Lenstip tested Polarizers a few years back. Promaster is a house brand of sorts, so it would be
    more enlightening finding out who the OEM is. Good article.

  3. stemked

    stemked Moderator

    A friend of mine bought
    Promaster circular polarizer several years ago (back in the film days) and I was pretty shocked to see a scene with
    purple sky! Very unscientific obviously, but it scared me away from the brand (that and a promaster lens my sister
    had that fell apart in her hands after minimal use).

    Michael's response is a more helpfu
    L answer though.
  4. I have used a lot of their stuff because the price is right and the quality fine. Supposedly the HGX is a rebranded Hoya (I forget the hoya series). I would steer clear of the cheaper stuff but the HGX works well. I recently bought of one their teleconverters on a lark and I am 98% sure it is just a rebadged Kenko 300.
  5. Thanks fellas. I think I'll email Promaster and see if they'll confess as to who makes their polarizers, and to which other make/model it compares. I've always assumed that Promaster is just a re-badge of someone else's gear.
    Michael, I'll peruse that link you sent more. Checked a few of the Hoya filters... makes me want to research the rest of the competition. I do have a Hoya "Pro-1 Digital" CP in 77mm diameter for my Sigma zooms, but like some of the Hoya tests stated at that site, I have gotten some good doses of flare using it in very sunny conditions. Likely had a bit to do with the relationship of lens to sun as well, but still...
    Douglas, after a few test shots mounted to my DA 15mm Limited, I am happy to report blue skies look very blue, no purple to be found.
    Do any of you have another brand/model series you prefer and/or use?
  6. I think most of the highly regarded brands would serve you including Hoya & probably what you just got. I don't like the
    burden of carrying around lots of different sizes of filter, so what I do is use a very large CPL and simply rotate it in
    front of any lens. One size fits all. No silly holders, just my left hand. A large Cokin was included in a big box of 40
    filters an old timer sold to me for $25 years ago. Most of them are obsolete, but this one & a few ND variations made it
    worthwhile. Try Craigslist.


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