We recently tried some of HOYA's new FUSION anti-static filters and found them to be excellent at resisting staining as well as the anti-static coating repelling dust and dirt. Here we're going to look at the HOYA FUSION Antistatic CIR-PL (Circular polarising) filter to see how it stacks up with image quality in a variety of shooting situations.
HOYA Fusion CIR-PL Handling and Features
For the HOYA Fusion filters, HOYA developed a new coating, which is hardened, anti-static, and also water repellent, stain and scratch resistant, and cleans easily. An improved 9-layer Super Multi-coating formula is applied to the surface of the glass to reduce reflections on the surface of the glass and reduce the effect on the colour balance, contrast, or clarity of the final image.
The frame is constructed from aluminum, and is wide-angle lens friendly as its low-profile means vignetting shouldn't occur and we had no problems removing or fixing the filter to the front of a camera lens, which simply screws on. You can also attach a lens cap to the filters in the antistatic filter range.
We found the HOYA FUSION Antistatic filters were easier to clean, particularly when removing greasy fingerprints, and they repelled water really well with water droplets bubbling up and rolling off the front of the filter instead of sticking. We even used a pen to draw on the filter, and this cleaned off quickly and easily, without the surface of the filter being scratched.
When cleaning the antistatic filters, we used a clean lens cloth, and a Lens Pen FilterKlear, which has a flat cleaning tip designed to clean flat filter glass, compared to the standard lenspen which is concave to clean the convex surface of a lens.
HOYA Fusion CIR-PL Performance
The performance section is where we look at the image quality performance of the camera. Additional sample photos and product shots are available in the Equipment Database, where you can add your own review, photos and product ratings.
Sample Photos - Using the circular polarising filter, we were able to give the image more contrast with darker skies, and this makes buildings stand out as more dominant in images. The filter added a little bit of lens flare when shooting with the sun in the frame, but this was not a massive issue, unlike when we tested a number of generic filters.
Here you can see a HOYA Fusion filter being rubbed against some particles, and the filter doesn't pick up any. When we repeated this test with a generic filter, the filter picked up the particles, as can be seen in this video.
Value For Money
The HOYA FUSION Antistatic CIR-PL 58mm filter is available for around £44 from Amazon UK, which is good value for money considering the features on offer from this filter. In comparison, a generic UV filter from ebay costs around £4 but flare and contrast problems can occur when using cheaper filters, as we found out.
HOYA Fusion CIR-PL Verdict
The HOYA FUSION Antistatic CIR-PL filter repels dust well and the coating also makes it easy to clean, making it a good choice for high-quality lenses. There is no degradation of image quality with the HOYA FUSION Antistatic CIR-PL filter, apart from a very small amount of lens flare when shooting into the sun. We were impressed with the results captured with the HOYA FUSION Antistatic CIR-PL filter, and it's a great way to make sunny shots more dramatic with stronger colour saturation and deeper blues. It's also a great way to reduce reflections when shooting through water or glass.
HOYA Fusion CIR-PL Pros
Strong and easy to clean
Minimal flare when using UV filter in strong sunlight
High quality glass used
HOYA Fusion CIR-PL Cons
Some might consider the filter expensive
VALUE FOR MONEY
The HOYA Fusion Antistatic CIR-PL performs well and is easy to clean.