Kenko Pro1D+ CPL filter review: blue skies ahead

Easy to forget about but quick to remove, this polarizer is top-notch

The Kenko Pro1D+ circular polarizing filter held up to the sun
(Image: © Lauren Scott)

Digital Camera World Verdict

The Kenko Pro1D+ CPL is an effective circular polarizer for people who want to swap filters on and off quickly and easily. The magnetic design is strong enough to hold the filter securely, but the design comes at the cost of rotation smoothness and I didn't enjoy how the filter makes a grating sound as it turns. There are many positives, including a water-repellent coating that adds practicality for outdoor shooting, and excellent image quality with no noticeable color casts or vignetting. The Pro1D+ CPL isn't perfect, but it's good enough for most photographers with a modest budget.


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    Cuts out reflections brilliantly

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    Stacks with other Pro1D+ filters

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    Good clarity and sharpness


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    Color saturation could be better

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    Filter scrapes as it turns

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    Comes with cheap plastic holder

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You can successfully recreate the look of many filters in post-processing, but a polarizer is something you need to have on your camera at the time of capture. I've used the best polarizing filters for decades, mainly for enhancing the colors of landscapes or adding contrast during unavoidable shoots in the midday sun when the vibe is washed out. Circular polarizers are designed to filter out polarized light, and by doing so they reduce or remove reflections from shiny surfaces like water, glass, and metal. They can have a practical as well as creative use case.

Traditionally, you'd buy a circular polarizer, screw it onto the end of your lens thread and then unscrew it when you're finished. This approach isn't complicated, but it can take time – time that might mean you're missing out on moments and other filters. That's where Kenko's Pro1D+ CPL filter comes in. 

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Filter typeCircular Polarizer
CoatingAnti-stain, water repellent, anti-reflection
Available sizes (mm)49, 52, 55, 58, 62, 67, 72, 77, 82
Frame materialAluminum
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FeaturesThere's a water-repellent coating, but that's the main highlight.★★★☆☆
DesignFilter stacking is great, turning the filter could be smoother.★★★★☆
PerformanceA great all-rounder, although color saturation could be more impactful.★★★★☆
ValueSensibly priced for the filter and adapter system.★★★★☆
Urth Magnetic Circular Polarizing (CPL) Lens Filter (Plus+)

Urth Magnetic Circular Polarizing (CPL) Lens Filter (Plus+)
Urth's magnetic design also isn't perfect, but it gives a distinct polarization effect that's even more pronounced than the Kenko PRO1D+. The company has eco-friendly kudos, with trees planted for every purchase.

Tiffen Circular Polarizer review

Tiffen Circular Polarizer review
Tiffen's polarizer is a cheap and cheerful option offering great value for money. It does what a good polarizer should, enhancing colors and contrast, and although it produces a slightly cool color cast, this is easily fixed.

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Lauren Scott
Freelance contributor/former Managing Editor

Lauren is a writer, reviewer, and photographer with ten years of experience in the camera industry. She's the former Managing Editor of Digital Camera World, and previously served as Editor of Digital Photographer magazine, Technique editor for PhotoPlus: The Canon Magazine, and Deputy Editor of our sister publication, Digital Camera Magazine. An experienced journalist and freelance photographer, Lauren also has bylines at Tech Radar,, Canon Europe, PCGamesN, T3, Stuff, and British Airways' in-flight magazine (among others). When she's not testing gear for DCW, she's probably in the kitchen testing yet another new curry recipe or walking in the Cotswolds with her Flat-coated Retriever.