The Sigma 82mm DG Multi-Layer Coated Wide Circular Polarizer Filter helps to reduce reflections and glare by filtering out light that has become polarized due to reflection from a non-metallic surface. This results in a noticeable increase in the saturation of skies and foliage, as well as clearer imagery when photographing in hazy conditions.
A circular polarizer differs from a linear polarizer in that it contains a quarter wave plane in addition to the linear polarizing filter. The addition of this quarter wave plane is to circularly polarize the linearly polarized light for the use of auto focus and exposure functions. Due to how the light is broken down and filtered with a linear polarizer, auto focus and exposure accuracy become skewed during use. When the light becomes circularly polarized, it permits the use of these functions.
This filter has a wide filter mount to help reduce the likelihood of vignetting when working with wide-angle lenses. It is constructed from optical glass and features Sigma's super multi-layer coating to reduce flare and ghosting while helping to increase overall clarity and contrast.