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Kenko RealPro UV Filter Review

Kenko RealPro UV Filter Review - We review the new Kenko RealPro UV filter, with anti-stain coating.

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Kenko REALPRO UV Filter in Filters

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REALPRO UV Filter
The UV filter is a great way to add a little bit of additional protection to the front of your lens, and the latest range of "Realpro" filters from Kenko have an anti-stain coating, anti-reflection multi-coating, a low profile frame, and more which should make it easy to clean as well as giving you good image quality. Lets find out what effect the filter has in this review. 

Kenko RealPro UV Filter Handling and Features

Kenko RealPro UV Filter (2)

The Kenko RealPro UV Filter comes in a small case with UV protection, and instructions on the back of the case let you know what the key features of the filter are. When you get the filter from the retailer, the case is sealed with two silver stickers, which means you can be sure that the filter hasn't been tampered with or used before getting to you. 

The Kenko RealPro UV Filter has an anti-stain coating, an anti-reflection multi-coating, plus black frames on the metal and glass, which should reduce the chance of reflection from oblique angles. The filter has a thread so you can screw additional filters on to the front, for example, you could always leave this on your lens for protection, and then screw on another filter such as a circular polarising filter, or simply put your lens cap onto the UV filter.

Kenko RealPro UV Filter (1)

Key Features

  • Anti-stain coating (ASC)
  • Anti-relfection multi-coating
  • Black almite frame (reduces reflection)
  • Black rimmed glass 
  • Low profile frame
  • UV protected case
  • Serves as a permenant lens protector

There is a knurled edge on the frame of the filter, which makes it easy to attach and detach the filter from your lens, and this frame is solid and well built. The anti-stain coating works well, and if you get any water, grease, ink or marks on the front, it's easy to clean this off with a lens cloth or LensPen FilterKlear. If you regularly change filters, then this also offers protection for your lens, as you may prefer to screw and unscrew filters onto the UV filter, instead of on to the front of your lens, particularly if your lens filter thread is plastic, as most tend to be these days.

Kenko Real Pro Before Pen
Kenko RealPro UV - Pen marks. 

One of the ways we tested how easy the filter was to clean was by drawing on the front of the filter with an ink pen, and this simply wiped straight off with a lens cloth. When cleaning filters, we use a clean lens cloth, and a LensPen 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. 

Kenko Real Pro After
Kenko RealPro UV after cleaning.

Kenko RealPro UV Filter Performance

The performance section is where we look at the image quality performance of the product. Additional sample photos and product shots are available in the Equipment Database, where you can add your own review, photos and product ratings.

 

Kenko REALPRO UV Filter Sample Photos

Sample Photos - We tested the UV filter in a variety of shooting conditions, to see what effect (if any) it had on image quality, and despite using a wide-angle 12/24mm equivalent lens on the Olympus PEN-F it seemed as though both the filter and camera got along swimmingly, with no vinetting visible. We also struggled to see any problems with colour shift. Lens flare and ghosting were not a problem, with the filter performing admirably, and detail remained excellent in photographs. This is what you want to see with a clear or UV filter, and we were impressed with the results. 

Value For Money

The Kenko RealPro UV filters are available in a number of different sizes, and cost around £40 for the 58mm filter tested here, compared to around £63 for the Hoya 58mm Fusion Antistatic UV Filter (which has Anti-static properties to repel dust and other items). 

Kenko RealPro UV Filter Verdict

The Kenko RealPro UV filter is a premium filter that gives both good protection as well as a number of useful features that actually work, including an anti-stain coating that makes it easy and quick to clean the filter when needed. There is an anti-reflective multi-coating and there is no degredation to image quality. With protective filters, it would be easy to look for the cheapest available, but as we found out in our filter comparison, buying a low-quality filter is a poor investment of time and money, as they noticeably reduce image quality. If you've invested money in getting the best lens for your camera, and want extra protection, whilst maintaining high image quality, then the Kenko RealPro UV filter is recommended.

Kenko RealPro UV Filter Pros

Solid filter 
Easy to remove and attach
Anti-stain filter works
Easy to clean
No (negative) effect on image quality

Kenko RealPro UV Filter Cons

Could be seen as expensive

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The Kenko RealPro UV filter protects your lens and maintains high image quality. 

 

Kenko REALPRO UV Filter Specifications

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Diameter58mm

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aardvark7 11 1
21 Feb 2016 1:59PM
And so the 'myth' of lens protection persists!

I suspect we can gather the real truth of the matter from Kenko's own packaging, which states: 'ultraviolet rays...often make photographs hazy'
Not for digital they don't! Digital is not affected in the same way as film, so they serve no purpose on that level whatsoever.

The economics make no sense at all and you are far better using the lens hood.

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15 May 2016 10:30AM
When out in the elements, say a windswept beach with sand and spray in the air - filters are worth every penny!

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