In this article, we will be taking a look at a number of polarizing filters that are suitable for the Nikon D3300. Although all of the featured polarizing filters on this list will work fine with your D3300, the lens that you are using actually matters more due to the size of the filter required.
All of the featured polarizing filters in this article are available in a number of different sizes to try and ensure that there is something available to fit your lens. If you use multiple lenses with your D3300 then you can use a high-quality filter ring adapter (click to check for prices) to allow you to use a single filter on multiple lenses but most people choose to just purchase additional filters. Just note that the smaller sized lens is usually unable to use its lens hood with a filter ring adapter fitted.
The Gobe Filter Range
At the time of writing Gobe have three different levels of Polarizing Filters on the market as follows:-
- Entry-level (Click here to check for product prices and availability) – Read independent reviews
- Mid-level (Click here to check for product prices and availability) – Read independent reviews
- Pro-level (Click here to check for product prices and availability) – Read independent reviews
The entry level filter is the cheapest out of the range but provides a surprisingly high-level functionality, it comes with HD Japan Optics Glass as standard as well as regular coating. The mid-level polarizing filter has a slightly higher price point offering a slight improvement over the entry-level filter due to having Gobes 16-layer multi-coated system over the HD Japan Optics Glass.
The pro-level polarizing filter also includes Gobes 16-layer multi-coated system but comes with the upgraded German SCHOTT Glass to offer the best possible performance for the lowest possible price. In our opinion, Gobe has managed to hit the price to quality nail right on the head with all three of their polarizing filters.
Gobe has done an excellent job at identifying their niche in the market and exploiting it to its full potential to jump-start their brand. This has enabled them to quickly build up a core customer base of photographers that is steadily expanding just like their excellent reputation.
The majority of the Gobe filters are available in the following sizes giving you plenty of options for your lenses of choice:-
- 37 mm
- 40.5 mm
- 43 mm
- 46 mm
- 52 mm
- 55 mm
- 58 mm
- 62 mm
- 67 mm
- 72 mm
- 77 mm
- 86 mm
- 95 mm
The BreakThrough Photography X4 Circular Polarizer Filter
That said, this is a high-end filter and for its price point you would expect nothing but the very best for your money. There are various reports from third-party photographers using this filter who confirm that it gives better color capture with almost zero chromatic aberration in its photographs even when compared to filters at a similar price point.
The BreakThrough Photography X4 Circular Polarizer Filter is currently available in the following sizes although it is expected that more sizes will be released over time. Click here to check if your size is available:-
The video below offers a third-party overview of the BreakThrough Photography X4 Circular Polarizer Filter as well as some image comparisons with alternative filters.
This filter also comes with SCHOTT Superwhite B270 optical glass that is an ultra clear crown glass that uses a unique production process to guarantee the highest quality surface for the filter.
The included twenty-five-year guarantee that comes with the filter at no additional cost has also helped it gain its following so quickly. No matter if you are an amateur or professional photographer, you always end up accidentally damaging some of your equipment while in transit no matter how hard you try to protect it.
The B+W 77mm XS-Pro HTC Kaesemann Circular Polarizer
The B+W 77mm XS-Pro HTC Kaesemann Circular Polarizer is available in eighteen different sizes meaning that there is a high chance of the filter being able to fit your lens or lenses of choice without the need to use a filter ring adapter.
The third-party video below offers a short overview of the filter as well as a demonstration of the type of effect you can have on your images when applying it to your lens.
The Breakthrough Photography X2 Circular Polarizing Filter
Again, it is relatively new to the market when compared to some of the more established filters on the market but it has managed to gain an excellent reputation just like its X4 cousin covered first in the article. Just like the X4, at the time of writing, the X2 is available in the following sizes with more expected to follow, click here to see if your size is available:-
Rather than using the more expensive SCHOTT Superwhite B270 optical glass like the X4, the X2 uses critically sharp AGC glass and in all honesty, the vast majority of people won’t even be able to tell the difference in image quality between the two.
The filter has a proven track record of being able to provide critically sharp images while also providing excellent color neutrality with an ultra-slim and compact frame profile that has been weatherproofed. The filter is also ideal for quickly and easily eliminating any unwanted glare or ghosting that can become a particular problem if you are working with long exposures.
The Breakthrough Photography nanotech protective coating is second to none in our opinion. It does an excellent job of protecting your filter from various types of dust, dirt, water, sand, hair and various other materials that can be a problem while snapping photographs.
Again, just like the X4 covered above, the Breakthrough Photography X2 also comes with the twenty-five-year guarantee helping give you that piece of mind when purchasing a higher-price lens filter.
The Schneider Optics B+W Circular Polarizer
At the time of writing, the Schneider Optics B+W Circular Polarizer is only available in four sizes but again, we expect more filter sizes to be released over time. You can click here to check the number of sizes that the filter is currently available in as well as their current availability.
The Schneider Optics B+W Circular Polarizer has been designed to minimize the amount of possible vignetting when using it on your lens while being able to reach surprisingly good results. The filter’s design is much thinner than previous generations too and the glass is high-quality and has undergone a very effective polishing technique to ensure that you get the best possible images possible during use.
The filter is based around the F-Pro brass mount allowing for additional creative options when using the filter. The forward threads on the filter are also made of brass to prevent wear and tear damage to allow you to attach additional accessories if you choose. We would like to point out when doing our research on filters that are suitable for the Nikon D3300, the majority of filters at this middle of the road price point tended to have plastic threads rather than brass.
The Hoya Alpha Circular Polarizer Filter
The filter is available in the following nine sizes and we do not expect and additional sizes to be released at this stage of the filters life:-
Considering the very affordable price of the Hoya Alpha Circular Polarizer Filter, you actually get a surprisingly high quality of optic that offers excellent imagery. The filter has a proven track record of easily being able to effectively control the light that enters your lens by removing unwanted reflections from various types of non-metallic surface.
This allows you to capture images that are clearer, have better contrast, and have colors that are more saturated. Many photographers use the Hoya Alpha Circular Polarizer Filter as their go-to filter of choice when photographing landscapes that have blue skies with bright white clouds to capture the best image possible.
AmazonBasics Circular Polarizer Filter
That said, the AmazonBasics Circular Polarizer Filter has proven very popular within the community due to its extremely low price. It makes the ideal filter for anyone on a tight budget or an entry level photographer who is not sure what filter they need.
The filter is currently available in the following eight sizes:-
Although this filter is able to deepen the intensity of a blue sky in your image and eliminate glare, the filters featured above do a much better job and we would not recommend this filter if you are a serious hobbyist or professional photographer.
The Polaroid Optics Circular Polarizer Filter
That said, the Polaroid Optics Circular Polarizer Filter has managed to grow a loyal following of photographers who use this for their lenses so we thought that we would add it to our list on the off chance you choose to take this option.