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Difference in UV filters?

Rende 11 38 4 Netherlands
3 Apr 2007 12:03PM
Does anybody have any practical experience in comparing the results of different UV filters?
I'm asking because when I bought my Canon 400D plus Sigma lenses my budget was getting stretched and, just to protect the lenses, I bought relatively cheap Merkury Optics multicoated UV filters with them. Now I've recovered financially I'm wondering whether it's worth it to change them to B&W, Hoya or Sigma UV filters. I just don't know if I would actually see any significant improvement for the investment.
Any comments/info would be appreciated. Thanks,

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samfurlong 12 2.5k United Kingdom
3 Apr 2007 3:44PM
Many filters are much of a muchness and I wouldn't bother changing if you have regular lenses.
All my lenses are top of the line, cost no object L series canons so I have the hoya pro series on them (around 40-50 per filter) and you CAN see a difference over the cheapo jessops filters (I have done a couple of test pics out of curiosity). With the more expensive hoya filters there is no visible degradation in image quality at all, even on the L lenses.

So yes... stick with what you have and if in the future you treat yourself to a couple of grands worth of L glass then definately get a good filter to go with it.

If you need convincing then set your camera up on a tripod and take some pics of something finely detailed both with and without the filter in place and see if there is any difference for yourself, that way you'll be totally satisfied that you're getting the best out of your kit.
Kris_Dutson 15 8.2k 1 England
3 Apr 2007 4:05PM
Or, like me, don't bother with 'em at all.
keithh Plus
14 25.4k 33 Wallis And Futuna
3 Apr 2007 4:19PM
Me neither...and never ever scratched a lens.

but if you need to use one then get a good quality one.
Rende 11 38 4 Netherlands
3 Apr 2007 11:27PM
Thank you Sam, Kris and Keith for your replies to my question. I think I'll try a compromise and buy a good B&W UV filter that I saw in a closing down sale for 10 pounds for my Sigma APO 70-300. Then I'll do the suggested experiment and photograph something detailed with no filter, the cheap filter and the B&W. According to the outcome I'll decide what to do about the 72mm filter for my Sigma 17-70; take it off, leave the cheap filter or buy a good quality one (72mm not in the sale unfortunately Wink
Thanks again,
theredbaron 11 394 United Kingdom
4 Apr 2007 4:11PM
I recently shopped around for filters, theres a wide range of price/quality. I have gone for a Tiffen bundle off 7dayshop.com in the end.
ray1 13 546 1 England
4 Apr 2007 7:44PM
Have always got my filters from Hong Kong via ebay - about half the UK prices - delivered in a couple of days.

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