Nisi Standard Polariser vs Landscape Polariser – See the difference

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Nisi Standard Polariser vs Landscape Polariser – See the difference

Since taken delivery of my full range of Nisi 100mm filters two weeks ago, people have asked me what the difference is between the standard polariser and the newly launched nano coated (hence the purple look) landscape polariser. To answer that question, I thought that I would conduct a test shooting the same scene twice. The first image with the standard polariser and the two image with the landscape polariser.

I chose a lovely small waterfall called Galleny Force in the Borrowdale Valley in the Lake District for my test. I shot using a Nisi 6 Stop filter to smooth out the water a little and I ensured that both images were shot at the same shutter time, just over three seconds in this case.

The equipment used

  • Canon 5D MK4
  • Canon 24-70mm f4 lens
  • Nisi 6 Stop Filter

 

Upper Image Standard Polariser – Camera Settings

  • Focal length – 50mm
  • f11
  • 3.2 seconds
  • ISO200
  • White Balance – 5500K

 

Lower Image Landscape Polariser – Camera Settings

  • Focal length – 50mm
  • f11
  • 3.2 seconds
  • ISO250
  • White Balance – 5500K

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I shot using a Nisi 6 Stop filter to smooth out the water a little and I ensured that both images were shot at the same shutter time, 3.2 seconds in this case. I set the white balance at 5500K to ensure consistency and I opened the raw files in Camera RAW, ticked the Remove Chromatic Aberration and Enable Profile Corrections boxes and opened them up in Photoshop CC.  I then applied the Detail Extractor filter option in Nik Colour efex as well as selecting Auto Contrast in Photoshop CC. The colours of both images have been retained and not altered.

Test Results

Nisi Standard Polariser

Nisi Standard Polariser

 

Nisi Landscape Polariser

Nisi Landscape Polariser

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My Verdict

Both polarisers did a great job in reducing the light reflections on the water but I personally found the landscape polariser a little cooler than the standard version. This seems to fly in the face of wisdom as one would expect the landscape polariser to enhance yellows and therefore ‘warm’ up the image a little. The only other difference between the two polarisers is that the landscape version is nano coated which is reputed to reduce light reflections although I have not had an issue with the standard one.

Both polarisers are included in their respective Filter Holder System Kits.

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Phil Norton (Nisi Ambassador) is retailing the standard polariser filter kit at £135.00 and includes the following;
Nisi V5 PRO 100mm Filter Holder System

  • V5 Pro System filter holder
  • V5 Pro System adapter ring with polariser mechanism
  • V5 Pro System multi-coated polariser filter
  • Three steps rings for 67, 72 and 77mm lenses
  • Strong Leather Storage Case

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Phil is retailing the Landscape Polariser version at £175.00 and includes the following;
Nisi V5 PRO 100mm Filter Holder System

  • V5 Pro System filter holder
  • V5 Pro System adapter ring with polariser mechanism
  • V5 Pro System Nano coated LANDSCAPE polariser filter
  • Three steps rings for 67, 72 and 77mm lenses
  • Strong Leather Storage Case

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PLEASE NOTE: You can purchase the Landscape Polariser individually for £68.00

If I was asked which filter holder kit I would recommend, I would suggest the standard polariser version at £135.00. Of course, you may decide to purchase the landscape polariser filter kit as it is nano coated but seeing that the polariser will normally sit behind other filters, such as graduated filters and/or 6/10 stop filters, the nano coating is of little interest to me. I would save the £40.00.

I hope that has proved to be useful in one way or another. If it has, please feel free to leave a comment at the end of this blog and I shall accept it and reply to it. If you have any questions regarding Nisi filters, feel free to contact me at info@melvinnicholson.co.uk or 07813 950378 or Phil Norton at his ‘Contact’ page on his website www.philnortonphotography.co.uk

Best wishes Melvin

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MY FULL FILTER RANGE

Here is a full list of the Nisi filters that I use. Click on each of the products to be taken straight to the relative page on Phil Norton’s website. You can purchase the filters there.

Nisi V5 PRO 100mm Filter Holder System:
V5 Pro System filter holder
V5 Pro System adapter ring with polariser mechanism
V5 Pro System multi-coated polariser filter
Three steps rings for 67, 72 and 77mm lenses
Strong Leather Storage Case

 

Filters
0.9 Three Stop Hard Grad
0.6 Two Stop Hard Grad

1.2 Four Stop Soft Grad
0.9 Three Stop Soft Grad
0.6 Two Stop Soft Grad 

10 Stop 100mm x 100mm
6 Stop 100mm x 100mm
3 Stop 100mmx  100mm

1.2 Four Stop Reverse Grad 

Landscape Polariser

V5 Premium 8 Filter Carry Case

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Comments (6)

  • Paul Wright Reply

    Hi Melvin,
    Would I still have to buy a ND Filter as well as the £135 kit if I was starting out with Landscape Photography and using filters?

    Paul. You

    June 21, 2017 at 8:40 am
    • Melvin Nicholson Reply

      Hi Paul

      You could use LEE graduated and ND filters in the Nisi holder if you have them already or you could purchase the Starter Kit which includes either a two or a three stop grad filter and a 10 stop filter for £365 (prices correct at this time). http://www.philnortonphotography.co.uk/_photo_15218030.html

      Feel free to ring me on 07813 950378 if you wished Paul.

      Best wishes Melvin

      June 21, 2017 at 8:46 am
  • Monica Doshi Reply

    Thanks Melvin. This is really helpful and may save me the £40 at some stage. M xx

    June 19, 2017 at 8:15 pm
    • Melvin Nicholson Reply

      Hi Monica

      No problem at all. Happy to offer my opinion to those who are happy to listen to them, lol.

      Best wishes Melvin

      June 20, 2017 at 11:05 am
  • Andy whiteside Reply

    Thanks for the update I was only thinking today about the test you were going to carry out, based on this I think I will save myself £40 and put to new filters.

    June 19, 2017 at 7:53 pm
    • Melvin Nicholson Reply

      Hey Andy

      I’m happy that you’re saving £40. Just remember the next drink is on you, lol.

      Best wishes Melvin

      June 20, 2017 at 11:06 am

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