Breakthrough Photography, a San Francisco-based research and manufacturing startup, has announced a new circular polarizer called the X3 CPL.


They claim the X3 CPL to be “the world’s sharpest and most color neutral circular polarizer.”

Aimed at professional outdoor photographers, the X3 CPL features SCHOTT B270 optical glass, MRC16, nanotec nano coatings and an all-new internally developed circular polarizing film, called CrystalVision, manufactured in California.

Coming off the success of the X3 Neutral Density filter launched on Kickstarter last year, the X3 CPL adapts the same proven weather-sealed “traction frame” design as the company’s X3 ND, which is CNC machined from brass.


“We took all that we learned from the success of the X3 ND and adapted it to a circular polarizer. At the core of the X3 CPL lies our internally developed, American-made CPL film, and it sets the X3 CPL apart from all other competing circular polarizers. And we’ve even designed a X3 CPL specifically for Leica shooters, and for Canon’s CINE Lens Lineup, too.” said founder and photographer Graham Clark.

The X3 CPL is immediately available for pre-order on Kickstarter in limited quantities with a December 2015 delivery schedule. Pre-ordering and product information can be found by visiting the company’s website at Check out the Kickstarter campaign page grab fantastic savings on the X3 CPL.

“We’re really excited to bring the X3 CPL to the photography community on Kickstarter first. We’ll be offering a one-time launch sale price of up to $50 off, in limited quantities, just in time for the holiday season.”says founder and photographer Graham Clark. “If this Kickstarter campaign proves successful, the X3 CPL will be available for purchase on Amazon Prime, B&H and Adorama directly following the Kickstarter campaign.”

X3 CPL Key Features:

Critically sharp SCHOTT B270 Optical Glass
American-made CrystalVision CPL film
MRC16 reduces flaring and ghosting
nanotec nano coating layers repels elements
Rugged Ultra-slim Weather-sealed Traction Frame
25 Year Support

X3 CPL Size & Pricing:

39mm, 46mm, 49mm, 52mm, 58mm, 62mm for $129
67mm and 72mm for $139
77mm for $149
82mm for $159
95mm for $189
105mm for $199

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