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    Hi Guys,

    Sorry if this has been asked before. How come there is a big difference on prices of UV filters. Some are only 20$-30$ but some are 90$-150$. What's the real advantage of buying the expensive ones? Will the 20$ filters affect picture quality?

    Thanks.

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    Quote Originally Posted by fz30_user View Post
    Hi Guys,

    Sorry if this has been asked before. How come there is a big difference on prices of UV filters. Some are only 20$-30$ but some are 90$-150$. What's the real advantage of buying the expensive ones? Will the 20$ filters affect picture quality?

    Thanks.
    Filters come in several sizes and the larger they are, the more expensive. Those cheaper $20-$30 types usually are made of plastic and do not have as gd coatings as their more expensive equivalents which are made of glass such as B+W. B+W ones are made in Germany as compared to more expensive Hoyas which as made in Japan.

    I would say the great price difference does in a way affect pic quality.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Snoweagle View Post
    I would say the great price difference does in a way affect pic quality.
    Thanks Snoweagle. I've done some test with/without a cheapo 20$ kenko UV filter on a efs 10-22mm (77mm) and efs 18-55mm (58mm) with different aperture,settings,etc but I can't seem to pinpoint the difference. Are there some tests that I can perform to justify buying the more expensive brands?

    Btw, I compare the images on 100% cropped.
    Last edited by fz30_user; 28th June 2007 at 09:06 PM.

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    Quote Originally Posted by fz30_user View Post
    Thanks Snoweagle. I've done some test with/without a cheapo 20$ kenko UV filter on a efs 10-22mm (77mm) and efs 18-55mm (58mm) with different aperture,settings,etc but I can't seem to pinpoint the difference. Are there some tests that I can perform to justify buying the more expensive brands?

    Btw, I compare the images on 100% cropped.
    Try getting a B+W MRC Haze UV filter and u'll see the difference. Even colour's better.
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    For filters, much of the work is in the coatings. These will allow light to get through, rather than reflect it away. If you have a cheap lens, a cheap filter will do. If you have an expensive piece of glass, putting on a cheap filter is likely to compromise the quality of the light getting through (with respect to the bare lens). Note that many pros and serious amateurs do not carry filters on their lenses, particularly the expensive ones. Filters can also have a detrimental effect when shooting with certain lenses (such as Nikon 17-35, where the front elements are shaped in a "bubble," which will cause ghosting with a filter).

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    Quote Originally Posted by Snoweagle View Post
    Try getting a B+W MRC Haze UV filter and u'll see the difference. Even colour's better.
    Hmm.. you mean to say with the B+W filter the IQ will be better than no filter at all?

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    Quote Originally Posted by fz30_user View Post
    Hmm.. you mean to say with the B+W filter the IQ will be better than no filter at all?
    Not necessary. U get an L lens without filter and another non-L lens with the B+W, results are quite similar. But i use B+W on both my Ls. Results are great!
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    anything you put in front of your lens will affect the quality
    some more and some less

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    i use a filter to protect the front lens element.. i m not so hard core to get the B+W filters.. currently i am using tokina plastic ones.. so far so good.. i am quite happy with photos turn out.. =)

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    Thanks guys for the help.

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