How do I use a circular polarizing filter with my Nikon 14-24mm or Tamron 15-30?

When it comes to lenses for Nikon bodies, the Nikon 14-24mm f/2.8 and the Tamron 15-30mm f/2.8 are two of the most popular lenses. The Tamron 15-30mm is available for Canon bodies as well as Nikon, and is extremely popular due to its focal length, optical sharpness and wider f/2.8 aperture. Due to their physical designs containing a bulbous front element and what many to consider an ultra-wide focal length, circular polarizers and other ND filters selection for these lenses is limited to the larger 150mm square systems within the NiSi product range. Screw on filters are not compatible with either of these lenses.

 

Each of these two mentioned lenses require different filter adaptors to be able to mount filters onto the lenses. There are options to use just a single filter which will allow for the use of just a circular polarizer or another singular ND filter, or filter adaptors to mount a total of three filters inclusive of an integrated rotating circular polarizer. There is also the option of purchasing a filter holder separately to be able to add an additional two ND filters after

Lets take a look at the different options to be able to use a circular polarizer as well as additional ND / graduated ND filters with either the Nikon 14-24mm or Tamron 15-30mm (both Nikon and Canon mounts).

Best filter holder options to use a CPL with the Nikon 14-24mm f/2.8 or Tamron 15-30mm f/2.8

 

With the Nikon 14-24mm and Tamron 15-30mm being so popular, NiSi have created compatible S5 filter holder systems that fits perfectly onto these lens. There are multiple options available in initially using just a circular polarizer, or the S5 filter holder kits that come with a circular polarizer and the addition of a filter holder to be able to use multiple ND filters as well as a circular polarizer. Here are the products required for either option.

 

Using a single CPL / ND filter with the Nikon 14-24mm f/2.8 lens or Tamron 15-30mm f/2.8L

 

Nikon 14-24mm f/2.8-  NiSi S5 Adaptor Only for Nikon 14-24mm f/2.8 – This is the adaptor that is specially designed to be used with the Nikon 14-24mm f/2.8 and comes with the collar required to fit and mount onto the front of the lens and allows for the use of a single integrated S5 filter. This is the only adaptor you would need to use a circular polarizer with the Nikon 14-24mm f/2.8.

 

Tamron 15-30 f/2.8 – NiSi S5 Adaptor Only for Tamron 15-30mm f/2.8 – To use just a single circular polarizer or other S5 circular ND filter this specific S5 adaptor for the Tamron 15-30mm is all you would need. This does not come with a circular polarizer included. To choose which circular polarizer option is best for you see the section below.

 

Using multiple ND filters + CPL with Nikon 14-24mm f/2.8 or Tamron 15-30 f/2.8 lens

 

There are a couple of different options to consider if you would like to use multiple ND filters plus a circular polarizer with either the Nikon 14-24mm or Tamron 15-30mm. These options will be dependant on whether you have already purchased one of the NiSi S5 Adaptor Only options for either of these lenses.

 

Previously purchased NiSi S5 Adaptor Only for Nikon 14-24mm f/2.8 – with the addition of the S5 150mm Filter Holder Spare Part you will be able to take the Nikon 14-24mm adaptor that holds either a circular polarizer or other S5 circular filter and add an additional two 150mm square ND for graduated ND filters for additional creativity with your images.

 

Have not previously purchased the NiSi S5 Adaptor Only for Nikon 14-24mm f/2.8 – If you have not previously purchased the Nikon S5 14-24mm adaptor or circular polarizer, the NiSi S5 Kit 150mm Filter Holder with Enhanced Landscape NC CPL for Nikon 14-24mm f/2.8 may be the best option for you if you intend to use multiple ND filters as well as the circular polarizer. This entire kit comes with everything you need to adapt two neutral density filters and the additional Enhanced Landscape CPL which is included in the kit.

Previously purchased the NiSi S5 Adaptor Only for Tamron 15-30mm f/2.8 The NiSi S5 150mm Holder Spart Part is the standard universal S5 filter holder allowing for the use of an extra two ND / graduated ND filters in addition to the integrated S5 circular polarizer. This filter holder will clip directly onto the Tamron 15-30mm f/2.8 S5 adaptor.

 

Have not previously purchased the NiSi S5 Adaptor Only for Tamron 15-30mm f/2.8 – If you have not previously purchased any of the above mentioned adaptors or filter holders to suit the Tamron 15-30mm f/2.8, the NiSi S5 Kit 150mm Filter Holder with Enhanced Landscape NC CPL for Tamron 15-30mm f/2.8 will include everything that is required to use multiple ND filters in addition to the Enhanced Landscape CPL that comes included with the kit with the Tamron 15-30mm f/2.8 lens.

Using a single CPL / ND filter with the Nikon 14-24 f/2.8 or Tamron 15-30mm f/2.8L lens

 

Previously purchased NiSi S5 Adaptor Only for Nikon 14-24mm f/2.8 – with the addition of the The NiSi S5 150mm Holder Spart Part you will be able to take the Nikon 14-24mm adaptor that holds either a circular polarizer or other S5 circular filter and add an additional two 150mm square ND for graduated ND filters for additional creativity with your images.

 

Have not previously purchased the NiSi S5 Adaptor Only for Nikon 14-24mm f/2.8 – If you have not previously purchased the Nikon S5 14-24mm adaptor or circular polarizer, the NiSi S5 Kit 150mm Filter Holder with Enhanced Landscape NC CPL for Nikon 14-24mm f/2.8 may be the best option for you if you intend to use multiple ND filters as well as the circular polarizer. This entire kit comes with everything you need to adapt two neutral density filters and the additional Enhanced Landscape CPL which is included in the kit.

 

Previously purchased the NiSi S5 Adaptor Only for Tamron 15-30mm f/2.8 – The The NiSi S5 150mm Holder Spart Part is the standard universal S5 filter holder allowing for the use of an extra two ND / graduated ND filters in addition to the integrated S5 circular polarizer. This filter holder will clip directly onto the Tamron 15-30mm f/2.8 S5 adaptor.

 

Have not previously purchased the NiSi S5 Adaptor Only for Tamron 15-30mm f/2.8 – If you have not previously purchased any of the above mentioned adaptors or filter holders to suit the Tamron 15-30mm f/2.8, the NiSi S5 Kit 150mm Filter Holder with Enhanced Landscape NC CPL for Tamron 15-30mm f/2.8 will include everything that is required to use multiple ND filters in addition to the Enhanced Landscape CPL that comes included with the kit with the Tamron 15-30mm f/2.8 lens.

 

There are also a range of circular S5 neutral density filters which are available to be purchased separately and can be used a single filter with the S5 Adaptor.

 

See below for the circular polarizer options to suit both the Nikon 14-24mm f/2.8 and Tamron 15-30mm f/2.8.

Best NiSi circular polarizer options for either the Nikon 14-24mm f/2.8 or Tamron 15-30mm f/2.8

 

The two different circular polarizers that are available for the NiSi S5 filter holder systems are either the Landscape NC CPL for S5. Each of them is different in terms of overall image quality and finish.

 

NiSi S5 Landscape NC CPL For S5 150mm Holder – The Landscape NC CPL for the S5 holder is our premium circular polarizer offering increased saturation, a cooler overall tone when compared the S5 Circular polarizer listed below, and has the NiSi Nano coating to add an additional layer of protection, scratch resistance and makes it easier to clean.

 

NiSi S5 Circular Polarizer for S5 150mm Holder – The S5 Circular Polarizer is the cheaper alternative to the Enhanced Landscape CPL. While it is considered the entry level polarizer for the NiSI S5 150mm system, the optical glass used is still of the highest standard and you will not be compromising on image quality in any way!

 

To read more about how to use circular polarizers check out our When, why and how to use a NiSi circular polarizer over on our blog.

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