In this article, we will be giving our quick Marumi filters review for each of the main filter types currently available in their range. Although a relative newcomer to the camera lens filter market in North America and Europe, Marumi has been producing lens filters for the Asian market for over sixty years.
With them steadily growing in popularity in the Western markets we have noticed a number of people reaching out for advice on if they should pick up their filters or not. In this post, we are going to be covering their range and sharing our thoughts on their filters.
Our Marumi ND Filter Review
These are particularly popular with nature photographers who are wanting to take photographs of water features such as waterfalls, streams, and rivers. Being able to take the photographs over a longer exposure gives the water a smooth look as displayed in the image below.
These marumi filters neutral density filters have had their glass elements coated multiple times to ensure the highest image quality possible for your photographs. This not only helps to protect the filter from dirt or water droplets having an effect on your photograph but also increases your lenses ability to control the light that reaches your camera’s sensor.
The glass elements in the filters are made from high-quality Japanese glass that in our opinion is the second best glass type for filters currently available on the market right now with Germany glass still taking the top spot. That said, in reality, the vast majority of photographers will be able to nice any difference at all between filters using either Japanese or German glass elements.
The rims on the Marumi neutral density filters are made from high-quality cast metal that offers a robust and high-quality frame for the filter. With the threads being made from metal, the chances of you accidentally cross threading the filter on your lens threads when attaching it are massively reduced. One thing that we would like to point out is that this feature of the filters can be minimized if your lens of choice is an entry-level product and uses plastic threads. These days, the vast majority of mid and high priced lenses come with metal threads as standard though.
The metal frames on the Marumi filters are also double threaded. This allows you to add additional filters or lens hoods on top of your Marumi ND filter to further customize the type of photograph that you are capturing. If you are in the landscape photography niche then this could be a major feature for you if you are wanting to use an ND filter and Cpl filter (Click here to check for product prices and availability) at the same time as many filter brands charge more for their double threaded filters. The image below is a good example of this.
All in all, the Marumi ND Filter range can be a solid addition to your photography kit that offers a decent quality filter for what we feel is a relatively fair price. They can be a bit of a nightmare to pick up in North America and Europe though but you can usually find them on Amazon (Click here to check for product prices and availability). One thing that we would like to point out is that in our opinion at least, the Gobe ND filter range (Click here to check for product prices and availability), especially the ones with the German Schott glass are a much better filter than are often cheaper when purchased in North America or Europe due to their being no price hike due to higher import fees.
Our Marumi UV Filter Review
When it comes to the construction of this lens filter, many of the features are the same or similar to the Marumi ND filter covered above. The glass element on the filter is made from high-quality Japanese glass with the metal rim being made from high-quality, lightweight metals to offer a robust support ring. Again the filter element is multi-coated to help increase its efficiency as well as protect further from any potential damage to it.
The Japanese glass used in the Marumi UV filters is definitely able to take its fair share of knocks and bumps without showing any signs of damage or affecting your ability to capture perfect photographs with the filter attached to your lens to keep its protective benefits. Although the coating on the lens does stop UV filters from entering your lens and potentially damaging any traditional film, the main use for a UV filter these days in the age of digital cameras is to protect your lens element.
Again, we would like to recommend that our readers check out the Gobe UV filter range (Click here to check for product prices and availability). Their Japanese Glass element filters are just as good as the ones offered by Marumi with their German glass filters being slightly better while both are currently cheaper than the Marumi UV filters in North America and Europe.
Our Marumi Cpl Filter Review
The final product that we will be covering is the Marumi Cpl filter (Click here to check for product prices and availability). Again, as you probably expect now, this is a high-grade lens polarizing filter that you can use to your advantage to reduce glare when on location for your photography sessions.
The Cpl filters offered by Marumi have the same high-quality build standard as their UV and ND filters covered above coming with high-quality Japanese glass and a light-weight, yet robust metal frame with metal threads. Again, the filter element glass has been coated multiple times to help improve its performance for you while also helping protect it from dirt and water droplets, other than that, there is little else to say other than that it is a decent Cpl filter.
Again, we would recommend that our readers check out the Gobe Cpl filter range (Click here to check for product prices and availability) if you are in North America or Europe as they are easier to source while being cheaper yet similar or better quality to the Marumi filters.