Page 1 of 2 12 LastLast
Results 1 to 20 of 35

Thread: Which filter to choose?

  1. #1
    Member
    Join Date
    Nov 2003
    Location
    Ithaca, NY, USA
    Posts
    262

    Default Which filter to choose?

    I am getting a filter for my lense to protect the lense from damage. Should I choose get a UV or a clear filter to make sure my image stays original as b4?
    Any suggestions where to get such filters cheap? I heard that Hoya have cheap and affordable filters.

  2. #2
    Senior Member felixcat8888's Avatar
    Join Date
    May 2005
    Location
    Singapore, Singapore, Singapor
    Posts
    9,124

    Default Re: Which filter to choose?

    Quote Originally Posted by plasma View Post
    I am getting a filter for my lense to protect the lense from damage. Should I choose get a UV or a clear filter to make sure my image stays original as b4?
    Any suggestions where to get such filters cheap? I heard that Hoya have cheap and affordable filters.
    A UV filter will do. Hoya/Tokina and a few others are cheap. Go to MS Color, TCW (the camera workshop), cathay photo, tk photo, alan photo, etc...

  3. #3
    Senior Member
    Join Date
    Aug 2005
    Location
    Tanjong Katong
    Posts
    3,710

    Default Re: Which filter to choose?

    While B+W UV MRC filter is more expensive, the superior MRC coating will surely win over hoya filter. If you have both, you can try to clean both and you know what I mean.

    Now I have all my lenses with B+W UV MRC filter.

    Beside filter, lens hood also help you to protect your lens' front element and from flare.

    Regards,
    Arto.

  4. #4

    Default Re: Which filter to choose?

    just to check which filter shld i get for the nikon 18-200mm VR lens?

    my preferred brand in descending order :

    B+W
    72mm MRC UV-Haze - $90 CP, $85 MS(Feb 07)
    72mm CPL MRC - $180 CP
    72mm CPL Slim MRC - $200 CP

    Nikon
    72mm NC - $89 (Lords) $76 (OP)
    72mm NC Filter - $98 (Max Photo)

    *taken from http://forums.clubsnap.org/showthread.php?t=263716
    Nothing2C
    Nikon [D300, MB-D10, D80, Trinity, 85/1.4, 50/1.4, 18-200, SB-800]

  5. #5

    Default Re: Which filter to choose?

    I use Nikon's NC filters for all of my lenses.

  6. #6
    Senior Member Virgo's Avatar
    Join Date
    Dec 2003
    Location
    West of Singapore
    Posts
    4,816

    Default Re: Which filter to choose?

    一分钱一分货. Me too, B+W for all my lenses. Nothing beats B+W. They're so easy to clean!

    Quote Originally Posted by Artosoft View Post
    While B+W UV MRC filter is more expensive, the superior MRC coating will surely win over hoya filter. If you have both, you can try to clean both and you know what I mean.

    Now I have all my lenses with B+W UV MRC filter.

    Beside filter, lens hood also help you to protect your lens' front element and from flare.

    Regards,
    Arto.

  7. #7
    Senior Member
    Join Date
    Jan 2005
    Location
    Pasir Ris, Singapore
    Posts
    14,002

    Default Re: Which filter to choose?

    Quote Originally Posted by Artosoft View Post
    While B+W UV MRC filter is more expensive, the superior MRC coating will surely win over hoya filter. If you have both, you can try to clean both and you know what I mean.

    Now I have all my lenses with B+W UV MRC filter.

    Beside filter, lens hood also help you to protect your lens' front element and from flare.

    Regards,
    Arto.
    Yeah i strongly agree with u on the cleaning part. Hoya filters when cleaned, seems to get more marks and takes a long time to clean them evenly again. B+W wise, just as simple as wiping it off.
    Canon EOS 5D, 24-70 f/4 L IS, 50 f/1.2 L, 70-300 f/4-5.6 L IS, 600EX-RT. Sigma 12-24 f/4.5-5.6 EX.

  8. #8

    Default Re: Which filter to choose?

    I used to use Hoya filters. Now it is B+W. It is very easy to clean as many users had already shared their experience. But it is more ex compared to Hoya.

  9. #9
    Senior Member
    Join Date
    Jan 2005
    Location
    Pasir Ris, Singapore
    Posts
    14,002

    Default Re: Which filter to choose?

    Quote Originally Posted by darker View Post
    I used to use Hoya filters. Now it is B+W. It is very easy to clean as many users had already shared their experience. But it is more ex compared to Hoya.
    I don't mind paying more for B+W.
    Canon EOS 5D, 24-70 f/4 L IS, 50 f/1.2 L, 70-300 f/4-5.6 L IS, 600EX-RT. Sigma 12-24 f/4.5-5.6 EX.

  10. #10
    Senior Member zoossh's Avatar
    Join Date
    Nov 2005
    Location
    Singapore
    Posts
    8,725

    Default Re: Which filter to choose?

    Quote Originally Posted by cryder View Post
    just to check which filter shld i get for the nikon 18-200mm VR lens?

    my preferred brand in descending order :

    B+W
    72mm MRC UV-Haze - $90 CP, $85 MS(Feb 07)
    72mm CPL MRC - $180 CP
    72mm CPL Slim MRC - $200 CP

    Nikon
    72mm NC - $89 (Lords) $76 (OP)
    72mm NC Filter - $98 (Max Photo)

    *taken from http://forums.clubsnap.org/showthread.php?t=263716

    CPL are not meant to be put on as protective filter as it cuts down light by stops.

    put it simply, a protective filter should be as clear as possible to avoid decreasing optical sharpness and color cast. in terms of protection itself, all of them works. but in terms of cleaning/durability and optical clarity, there are differences.

    B+W are definitely easier to clean than hoya. NC is in between with plenty of nikon supporters too.

    optical sharpness is, in term of photography, not the most crucial part, especially to newbies becos unsharpness due to many other reasons are more often the case. you do need to think about this when you are pretty satisfied with your compositional, focusing and metering skills, that optical sharpness becomes then a top priority. besides, if you handle the filter frequently enough, eventually the filter can be dirty and optical sharpness may not differ so much between brands.

    for short term usage and tries, hoya will do. for long term usage, the better filters are better becos UV filters tend not to be removed and does not get dirty like the rectangular filters or other secondary rounded filters. and with good easy cleaning and/or resistance to scratch, UV filter can serve a long time.

  11. #11

    Default Re: Which filter to choose?

    B+W.

  12. #12
    Senior Member
    Join Date
    Jan 2006
    Location
    West Legion
    Posts
    7,751

    Default Re: Which filter to choose?

    something different, Marumi ... if you don mind geting them from ebay. they cost less than 1/2 of B+W equiv even with shipping.

  13. #13
    Senior Member blueskye168's Avatar
    Join Date
    Aug 2006
    Location
    AVPS
    Posts
    2,874

    Default Re: Which filter to choose?

    Quote Originally Posted by Artosoft View Post
    While B+W UV MRC filter is more expensive, the superior MRC coating will surely win over hoya filter. If you have both, you can try to clean both and you know what I mean.

    Now I have all my lenses with B+W UV MRC filter.

    Beside filter, lens hood also help you to protect your lens' front element and from flare.

    Regards,
    Arto.
    Quote Originally Posted by Snoweagle View Post
    I don't mind paying more for B+W.
    That's the 1 & only coz ( how many ppl have try this) place this & other make filter side-by-side(in fact ring touching each other with fabric that got fine-textured & stare hard thru the 2 different brands filter very very carefully=chances are you'll likely to see the diff ok)

    Btw, my discovery was in terms of "clarity" looking thru B+W's filter is when compared. I've even done this using my Lowepro-bag outer-fabric material=Note, must look thru very carefully+at diff angle to get the result(this is based on my encounter).

    Just for sharing
    Anything that can take pictures...happy already lor...(..but...Hasselblad_H5D-50 as my Workhorse)

  14. #14
    Senior Member xunjas's Avatar
    Join Date
    Dec 2006
    Location
    Singapura
    Posts
    6,490

    Default Re: Which filter to choose?

    i would choose B+W due its good quality of the material =) i read about their production process and the material used. very impressive.

  15. #15

  16. #16
    Member
    Join Date
    Aug 2002
    Location
    The Guilin of Spore
    Posts
    381

    Default Re: Which filter to choose?

    Some qns for u guys...

    Does poor quality UV filter causing problems like vignetting?

    Wat other implications can we expect if we use poor quality ones?

    Lastly, if i intend to get Hoya UV 55mm and my budget can be around $30, wat is recommended?

    Thanks

  17. #17

    Default Re: Which filter to choose?

    Quote Originally Posted by Artosoft View Post
    While B+W UV MRC filter is more expensive, the superior MRC coating will surely win over hoya filter. If you have both, you can try to clean both and you know what I mean.

    Now I have all my lenses with B+W UV MRC filter.

    Beside filter, lens hood also help you to protect your lens' front element and from flare.

    Regards,
    Arto.
    i jsut got a hoya 67mm uv filter last night at $42

    anyway, something to ask, i thought B+W is shortform of black plus white, so it is a brand name? how do pp normally call it? B "and" W? or B "plus" W?

  18. #18

    Default Re: Which filter to choose?

    Quote Originally Posted by cjl View Post
    Some qns for u guys...

    Does poor quality UV filter causing problems like vignetting?

    Wat other implications can we expect if we use poor quality ones?

    Lastly, if i intend to get Hoya UV 55mm and my budget can be around $30, wat is recommended?

    Thanks
    Don't think a poor quality filter would cause vignetting, but I've seen cases of ghostings.

  19. #19
    Senior Member
    Join Date
    Mar 2004
    Location
    A village in a forest
    Posts
    1,515

    Default Re: Which filter to choose?

    Quote Originally Posted by ipin View Post
    Don't think a poor quality filter would cause vignetting, but I've seen cases of ghostings.
    A poor quality filter might introduce flare. Vignetting is caused by the thickness of the filter ring.
    Canon 80D|Panasonic LX3/LX5
    35f2 IS|50f1.8|85f1.8|12-24f4|18-135f4-5.6 IS|28-75f2.8

  20. #20
    Senior Member
    Join Date
    Mar 2004
    Location
    A village in a forest
    Posts
    1,515

    Default Re: Which filter to choose?

    Quote Originally Posted by averynkh View Post
    i jsut got a hoya 67mm uv filter last night at $42

    anyway, something to ask, i thought B+W is shortform of black plus white, so it is a brand name? how do pp normally call it? B "and" W? or B "plus" W?
    B+W is a brand.

    B&W or B/W is often used as a short form of black and white.
    Canon 80D|Panasonic LX3/LX5
    35f2 IS|50f1.8|85f1.8|12-24f4|18-135f4-5.6 IS|28-75f2.8

Page 1 of 2 12 LastLast

Bookmarks

Posting Permissions

  • You may not post new threads
  • You may not post replies
  • You may not post attachments
  • You may not edit your posts
  •