After working our way through the other major lens filter brands, we noticed more and more people reaching out for reviews of the various filters within the Zomei range. Today we will be going over our Zomei CPL filter review as we feel their CPL lens filter is probably one of their better filter ranges out of their product line.
The range is perfect for helping to reduce the amount of glare that can reach your camera sensor from reflected surfaces during your photography or videography sessions. This excellent functionality mixed with the low price tag and excellent build quality of the filters has made them very popular within the community.
After the photography community noticed this, the Zomei CPL filter range exploded in popularity and has managed to earn itself an excellent reputation within the community. Many people who have purchased the filter and used it as their go-to circular polarizing filter of choice have now posted their own reviews online (click here to read some of them) offering an independent insight into its performance.
Performance And Functionality
The photograph above was captured using a lens filter from the Zomei CPL filter. The top photograph is using nothing but the regular lens while the bottom photograph was captured with the lens filter mounted on the lens. As you can see, the glare from the sun bouncing off the ocean in the bottom photograph has been massively reduced allowing the deeper colors of the waves to come through in the photograph.
We feel the photograph above does an excellent job of showcasing the level of performance that the Zomei CPL filter range can offer. As using a CPL filter for a photograph that has a water feature is a commonly known use of the filters, we also wanted to share the below photo showing the performance of the filter without a water feature. This time the image using the filter is on top while the image captured using just the lens is on the bottom.
As you can see, the glare on the top photograph is gone offering much better colors and contrast for your photograph by simply taking a few seconds to mount the filter on your lens threads. The increased color saturation can help to make the subjects of your photographs more vibrant and stand out even with minimal post-production editing.
Just keep in mind when capturing photographs or video footage with a CPL filter mounted on your lens of choice, trying to keep your camera body on a thirty-degree angle from the main source of the source of glare will offer the best possible performance as shown in the top photograph of the ocean. That said, dead on style photographs of the second photograph with the building as the main subject are usually vastly improved when compared to a photograph captured without using the filter.
All in all, we feel that Zomei have done a great job on their CPL filters of finding a nice blend between their performance and their price tag. We feel that this is one of the main reasons the range is so popular and only shows signs of increasing in popularity as time goes on.
As we mentioned earlier in the article, the build quality of the Zomei CPL filter really is excellent, especially when you take into account its price tag. The filter element use in the range is fully certified AGC optical glass imported from some of the best glass manufacturers in Japan. Although you could make the case that it is the best glass in the world, we personally feel that German Schott glass still has the number one slot with the Japanese glass variants in a very close second place.
The lens element has been specifically chosen to provide the highest levels of polarization to ensuring the majority of the glare is filtered out by the lens without much effort on your part. The glass is also very robust ensuring that it will be able to stand the test of time and take any punishment coming its way during your photography or videography sessions.
Zomei has also done an excellent job when it comes to the frame of the filter range too. They have gone for the ultra-slim frame design and managed to design their CPL frame to be only 4.68mm thick while offering all the stability and robustness required to keep your filter element mounted on your lens during use.
Zomei has also taken advantage of the less common lens filter thread sizes on the market right now to help increase their popularity and market share at an almost exponential rate. At the time of writing, their CPL filters are available in the following thread sizes:-
- 55 mm
As you can see, they offer a decent range of sizes with most the common threads covered as well as a number of the rarer thread sizes. If the thread size for your particular lens of choice is not currently available from the Zomei CPL filter range then we would recommend that you check out the Gobe CPL filter range (Click here to check for product prices and availability) as they have even more thread sizes available.
That brings us to the end of our Zomei CPL filter review and we hope that you have found it helpful. Split between the Zomei and Gobe filter ranges, we really think the more established brands such as Tiffen and Hoya are going to have a fight on their hands as Zomei and Gobe are just as good, if not better while also being cheaper.
Any of the Zomei lens filters will make a good addition to your camera accessories and help expand the capabilities of your filter kit. As shown in the photographs above, they do an excellent job of dealing with glare in your photographs and can easily help to improve your landscape photography potential.
The video below offers an additional third-party, independent review for the Zomei CPL Filter to offer our readers an independent opinion of the product.