In this article, we will be going over what we feel are the best Nikon d5300 polarizing filters on the market right now. Before getting into the article we just want to point out that the thread size of your filter depends on your lens of choice, NOT your camera. We have lost count of the number of times we have had to say this in response to people reaching out for advice now so just wanted to get it out the way.
If you don’t know the thread size of your lens then the lens cap will usually have it wrote on and many lenses have it wrote around the end of the lens now, you can also resort to simply measuring it too if needed.
Anyway, we will be covering filters from the two leading lens filter brands on the market and in all honesty, we feel the gap in quality between the ranges of these two brands and third place simply make using any brand other than these a total waste of your money.
The Gobe Polarizing Filter Range
To keep a long story short, essentially, the older lens filter brands had become complacent and stagnant in their success. This left the market wide open for a young startup like Gobe to come in with the innovative production process that lets them build better lens filters for less and pass those savings onto their customers. The community quickly caught onto this allowing them to clean up the market quickly and become the dominant brand at the time of writing.
At the time of writing, the Gobe circular polarizing filter is available in a large number of thread sizes almost guaranteeing that they will have something to fit the lens of choice that you use with your Nikon D5300. The current sizes available are:-
The Gobe lens filter range is divided into three different variants for the majority of their products. These are the one, two, and three peak filter variants. The one peak variant is their budget or entry-level range with the lowest amount of functionality with the lowest price to match. We feel that the two peak variant doesn’t really have a place in the market as the three peak filter outperforms it massively but only costs a few dollars more than the two peak filter so would always recommend going for the three peak one over a two peak one.
Both the one and two peak variants of their filters come with the highest possible standard of Japanese glass for their element with the three peak filters coming with German Schott glass that is probably the highest standard of glass in the world. The three peak filters also come with Gobes sixteen layer coating technology to help improve both performance and robustness of the range. All of the filter frames are made from Magnalium that ensures that they are very robust while also very lightweight.
All in all, we feel that picking up a Gobe filter will make an excellent addition to your filter kit and overall lens accessories. As you probably know it can massively improve your landscape photography as well as improve your image quality in a number of other photography niches too.
The Tiffen Polarizing Filter Range
That said, the Tiffen CPL range is still easily able to reduce any glare or reflection in your image before capturing it making for a much better photograph. Additionally, they also offer some excellent color saturation when compared to some competing lens filters even at higher price points on the market.
The frame on the Tiffen range is also metal making it easier to mount and unmount the filter to your lens as required. Some brands tend to use a plastic frame with plastic threads to keep costs down but this usually ends up increasing the chance of cross threading the threads during mounting and potentially results in damage to your lens. Thankfully, this is not an issue with the metal frames used by Gobe and Tiffen.
If for whatever reason you are unable to get your hands on a Gobe Cpl filter then we would recommend that you try to source a Tiffen Cpl filter. They are a solid brand that has stood the test of time and will make a decent addition to your camera filters and improve your landscape photography.