Nisi Standard Polariser vs Landscape Polariser – See the difference

BLOG updated to include the latest prices (26th December 2018)

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 £143.00 and includes the following; (price updated 26th December 2018)
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 £179.00 and includes the following; (price updated 26th December 2018)
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 £143.00. 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 and so I would advise you save the difference of £36.00.

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 Phil Norton via 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

Graduated Filters (Glass 100mm x 150mm)
4 Stop (1.2) Soft Grad ND
3 Stop (0.9) Hard Grad ND
3 Stop (0.9) Medium Grad ND
3 Stop (0.9) Soft Grad ND
2 Stop (0.6) Hard Grad ND
2 Stop (0.6) Medium Grad ND

ND Filters (Glass 100mm x 100mm)
3 Stop IR ND8
6 Stop IR ND64
8 Stop IR ND256
10 Stop IR ND1000

Polarisers (82mm)
Standard Polariser
Landscape Polariser

Nisi Accessories 
82mm Adaptor Ring (I have these permanently attached to all of my lenses)
V5 Polariser Caps (these fit directly onto the adaptor ring to protect your from lens glass element. You do not need to have the polariser fitted to have them clip on)

10 thoughts on “Nisi Standard Polariser vs Landscape Polariser – See the difference”

  1. 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.

  2. 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

  3. I have been considering buying the NISI V5 100 system but it would be useful to know how easy it is to remove the Polariser when it is not needed and also if there would then be a light leakage problem. Your advise would be very useful.
    Many thanks David

    • Hi David. The polariser is pretty easy to remove although you sometimes have to apply less pressure when removing it than you think you need. You generally don’t have light leakage issues with the polariser but the ten stop filters work perfectly with no light leakage issues. You do have to cover the veiwfinder on an DSLR though to prevent light entering.

  4. hello Melvin

    thank you so much for your review I am in the process of buying the nisi kit and was wondering if the landscape filter was a better choice than the standard filter i agree with you on the warmer look of the standard filter (which I prefer) the photo comparison is what helped me make up my mind

    • Hi Robert. I am pleased that you enjoyed the review. In answer to your question, I would go for the standard filter and save some money. You do not need the nano coating of the landscape one really as quite often the polariser is located behind other filters anyway. You will also save yourself a few pounds in buying the V5 Pro kit with the standard polarised included. Let me know how you get on.

      Best wishes Melvin

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