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    Default any different between a Hoya and kenko Prod1 digital filter?

    went to tk, they only sell kenko,. so any different between these 2, both pro1 digital. thnaks

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    Default Re: any different between a Hoya and kenko Prod1 digital filter?

    Quote Originally Posted by buzzmario View Post
    went to tk, they only sell kenko,. so any different between these 2, both pro1 digital. thnaks
    The brand names are different. The finish of the rings are slightly different. Everything else is pretty much the same. And Kenko is slightly cheaper.

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    Yup...different make of brand.Only that the Kenko is slightly cheaper.But I got a 77mm Hoya Prod1 Digital filter for my 17-55mm at SLRR for $59.Depends very much which brand you prefer. Filterwise they are very much alike except pricing.Hope this helps.

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    Default Re: any different between a Hoya and kenko Prod1 digital filter?

    Quote Originally Posted by Marcus7 View Post
    Yup...different make of brand.Only that the Kenko is slightly cheaper.But I got a 77mm Hoya Prod1 Digital filter for my 17-55mm at SLRR for $59.Depends very much which brand you prefer. Filterwise they are very much alike except pricing.Hope this helps.
    For the same price, I think you can get a Kenko Zeta 77mm nowadays... which is the equivalent to the Hoya HD.

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    Quote Originally Posted by buzzmario
    went to tk, they only sell kenko,. so any different between these 2, both pro1 digital. thnaks
    In the first place, why must die die get filter ? Just just your hood for protection.
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    Quote Originally Posted by ahboy168

    In the first place, why must die die get filter ? Just just your hood for protection.
    Because not eveyone shoots with hood on?

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    Quote Originally Posted by ahboy168 View Post
    In the first place, why must die die get filter ? Just just your hood for protection.
    1) not everyone use hood (user preferences)
    2) The lens might not come with hood (and he/she might not have a plan to get it)
    3) Maybe user prefer hood+ filter

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    Default Re: any different between a Hoya and kenko Prod1 digital filter?

    Hoya is main brand.

    Kenko is the same actually.

    Filter protect the lens from dusty industrial photography situations, sandy hands from drunks at the beach, like zoukout, pyrotechnic sparks flying into your lens, wedding guests spraying champagne into the cam... Bird or bat droppings at highly popullated caves or sanctuaries. Pets or creatures which likes to lick. Kitchen oily smoke in restaurants. Children party throwing chocolate cakes around. Paintball shooting and splattering right on the lens. Saltwater sea sprays or crashing waves splashings. For a busy photog on the go shooting from assignment to assignment, point to point, there is no time to sit down under the light and slowly clean. It is easier to just unscrew the dirtied filter put on a clean one and worry about cleaning later.

    The people who say you don't need filters are often portrait photogrs shooting in prefered conditions.

    Filters are not for impact protection, a hood does better.

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    Default Re: any different between a Hoya and kenko Prod1 digital filter?

    They are from same company.
    THK Photo Products, Inc.

    Test results for these 2 filters also showed very similar performance.

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    Quote Originally Posted by An drew View Post
    They are from same company.
    THK Photo Products, Inc.

    Test results for these 2 filters also showed very similar performance.
    Actually THK is only the US distributorship for Kenko, Tokina and Hoya. Kenko was very much a separate entity from Hoya and Tokina. Hoya is public while Tokina and Hoya are both private firms. The situation changed a little when Kenko and Tokina merged recently. But Kenko Tokina and Hoya still remained two separate entities. Tokina is never reported as a subsidary of Hoya in the financial reports. But it is rumored that Tokina owns a very substantial share of Hoya.

    They are definitely not the same company. But they are certainly very close.

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    Quote Originally Posted by daredevil123 View Post
    Actually THK is only the US distributorship for Kenko, Tokina and Hoya. Kenko was very much a separate entity from Hoya and Tokina. Hoya is public while Tokina and Hoya are both private firms. The situation changed a little when Kenko and Tokina merged recently. But Kenko Tokina and Hoya still remained two separate entities. Tokina is never reported as a subsidary of Hoya in the financial reports. But it is rumored that Tokina owns a very substantial share of Hoya.

    They are definitely not the same company. But they are certainly very close.
    Should be related companies.
    THK Photo Products, Inc.

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    Quote Originally Posted by An drew View Post
    Should be related companies.
    THK Photo Products, Inc.
    Related definitely.. in fact there was talk in the past that different brothers started different company. But the relationships of the 3 companies are never really talked about or made known. Tokina and Kenko are private companies, so they never had to report any ownership... Now TOkina and Kenko are merged...

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    hi guys who had hands-on this 2 filters, whats the difference between the 2 other than the price?

    Hoya 72 mm HMC UV[C] and Hoya 72 mm Pro1 Digital UV

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    Default Re: any different between a Hoya and kenko Prod1 digital filter?

    Quote Originally Posted by daredevil123 View Post
    Related definitely.. in fact there was talk in the past that different brothers started different company. But the relationships of the 3 companies are never really talked about or made known. Tokina and Kenko are private companies, so they never had to report any ownership... Now TOkina and Kenko are merged...
    Thanks for the info.

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