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Old 02-10-2007, 17:12   #1 (permalink)
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Uv Filter on a 70 -200 advice please

Im getting a 70 - 200 f/2.8 lense and want to get a filte to help protect the lense.
Ive been looking at hoya fiters and was wondering whats the best of these 3

-Digital Multi-Coated (DMC) Pro1 uv filter
-HMC ucv (N) Filter
- Super HMC Pro 1 UV (O) Filter

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Old 02-10-2007, 17:51   #2 (permalink)
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Re: Uv Filter on a 70 -200

The Pro1 filters have better coatings and are also thinner - less likely to cause vignetting - but far more expensive than the standard ones. I'm not sure what the technical differences are between HMC and DMC but if I were cynical I'd say that the 'digitally optimised' bandwagon is gathering speed. Hoya do two ranges as well as the Pro1 - green box (cheaper) and blue box (multicoated).

And then there's the school of thought which says that the last thing you should do with a nice, expensive lens is to put a piece of superfluous glass on the front of it, which will increase the risk of flare. The argument goes that the best protection is a lens hood, and if you bash a filter on something it may break and the glass fragments will scratch the lens. But that's a debate that can run and run.
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Re: Uv Filter on a 70 -200

I used to use the HMC Pro1 ones which were fine but I've recently changed over to the B+W ones which I find are of better build and appear to wipe clean better.
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Re: Uv Filter on a 70 -200

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And then there's the school of thought which says that the last thing you should do with a nice, expensive lens is to put a piece of superfluous glass on the front of it, which will increase the risk of flare. The argument goes that the best protection is a lens hood, and if you bash a filter on something it may break and the glass fragments will scratch the lens.
That's the school I went to.
For lens protection I use a lens hood. The only time I would use a filter is for effect.

(The debate goes on......)
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Re: Uv Filter on a 70 -200

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That's the school I went to.
For lens protection I use a lens hood. The only time I would use a filter is for effect.

(The debate goes on......)

Me too especially as all my kit is insured so if it gets broken I get a new shiny one. But now the school is cleaning removes the coating so if its a lens you use often a filter will take the cleaning damage which is not insured.
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Re: Uv Filter on a 70 -200 advice please

I normally do not use a "protection" filter but unintentionally left one on my camera during high key studio session. Most of the shots were ruined by flare. This was a cheap filter which I had not intended to leave on when I shot but now I will throw it away.
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Re: Uv Filter on a 70 -200

I was using cheap hama filters and alot of shots were off, and i was told a good brand such as hoya will reduce chances of bad shots due to better glace in them. But i know little about this so im only going on what people say
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Re: Uv Filter on a 70 -200

Protection, dust/dirt and moisture determine that I always have one firmly attached - and they've paid for themselves at least once on each of those reasons!
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