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 Post subject: UV filter and what brand
PostPosted: Sat May 10, 2008 10:51 am 
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So far I have put uv-filters on most of my lenses if only for protection.
So how do you think about that? Do they influence the image quality?

So should I buy one for my new Zuiko 12-60? and if so what brand?
I'm thinking about B+W or Hoya, but even after choosing a brand, there are several types :roll:
A few exemples:
- Hoya HMC: € 37.50
- Hoya HMC Super € 49.00
- Hoya HMC Super Pro 1 € 55.00
- Hoya G-series € 25.50
- B+W € 44.00
- B+W MRC € 59.00
- B+W slim € 78.00
- B+W slim MRC 106.00
- B+W EW € 80,00
- B+W E € 45,00
And there are even more.....

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PostPosted: Sat May 10, 2008 1:05 pm 
I would recommend a filter, they offer decent protection for your front element and your peace of mind. 8)

Is there any specific reason why you want a UV filter in particular? If the only reason for getting it is to protect your front element then a neutral colour(NC) or protector filter will do the job just fine. They cost half the price of a UV one which could be the difference between a B+W and a Hoya.

If you're looking at Hoya, you should get a multicoated(HMC, MRC for B+W) filter and the "Pro" in the name indicates that it is of a higher quality. Try and get the slim variant if you can as this would reduce vignetting although some don't come with a filter thread meaning that you can't stack filters on top of it so watch out for that if this ability is important to you.

A good quality filter should not degrade image quality and most of those you mentioned seem to be ok. Not so sure about the Hoya G-Series and HMC non-super pro though....


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PostPosted: Sat May 10, 2008 5:42 pm 
stay away from sunpak...


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PostPosted: Sun May 11, 2008 12:01 pm 
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grahamnp wrote:
Is there any specific reason why you want a UV filter in particular? If the only reason for getting it is to protect your front element then a neutral colour(NC) or protector filter will do the job just fine. They cost half the price of a UV one which could be the difference between a B+W and a Hoya.
Not really. I'm just used to having UV-filters from the film time.
Maybe with digital camera's they have become less useful, but Im not sure.

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PostPosted: Mon May 12, 2008 10:20 am 
SuperVF1 has performed a test here. If protection is the only reason for the filter then you should be fine with a protector filter.


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