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    How to choose UV filters?
    i see all the HMC multicoat n just UVfilter,
    but i dun know their pros n cons.

    can someone explain?
    wad about brand? i noticed mainly B+W n Hoya.
    any others?

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    Do a search in google and you'll find tons of answers. Multicoated ones basically cuts down on unwanted reflections. The slim ones reduces possibility of vignetting esp with wide angle lenses. B+W is easier to clean than Hoya ones. Get the B+W ones
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    Look for one which is the best for your usage.

    If you just need one cheap one to protect the lens and still allow decent amounts of light to pass thru, then you can go with Hoya's or Tokina's (same makers, I heard)

    If you want quality, with least impedance of light, ease of cleaning, better construction, then I would suggest Nikon NC or B+W. Price difference is there.

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    If you want to protect your lens and at the same time take great pics and willing to spend, go for the B+W UV Filters. I got my 58mm for $73
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    i dont use them and cant see any real benefit in permanently fitting another piece of glass in front of a perfectly good lens.

    the only reason i can think of is that a filter provides some kind of protection f the front element. instead, i use a lens hood and never ve a problem for years.

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    Quote Originally Posted by attap seed View Post
    i dont use them and cant see any real benefit in permanently fitting another piece of glass in front of a perfectly good lens.

    the only reason i can think of is that a filter provides some kind of protection f the front element. instead, i use a lens hood and never ve a problem for years.
    Try that when there are salt sprays that is going onto your front element...
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    Get B+W ones and then dun have to think already. Last time i got mine one 77mm for $116 and a 67mm for $78.
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    Quote Originally Posted by zac08 View Post
    Try that when there are salt sprays that is going onto your front element...
    must agree that in harsh environment, it is prudent to put on a filter, but again, the purpose is more for protection than enhancing the final image.

    thinking back, i am extremely lucky that my lens managed fine for 8 days in a boat in maldives in 2004. my tokina 20-35 (my primary lens f the trip ve no filter and hood). a polariser was on my sigma 28-35.

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    Quote Originally Posted by attap seed View Post
    must agree that in harsh environment, it is prudent to put on a filter, but again, the purpose is more for protection than enhancing the final image.

    thinking back, i am extremely lucky that my lens managed fine for 8 days in a boat in maldives in 2004. my tokina 20-35 (my primary lens f the trip ve no filter and hood). a polariser was on my sigma 28-35.
    Lucky you... I'd rather risk the filter...
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    Quote Originally Posted by zac08 View Post
    Lucky you... I'd rather risk the filter...
    i didnt risk anything.

    really, it jus didnt occur to me that i should put on a filter when shooting under harsh condition.

    will make sure a filter is on my lens on my next fishing trip.

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    Quote Originally Posted by attap seed View Post
    i didnt risk anything.

    really, it jus didnt occur to me that i should put on a filter when shooting under harsh condition.

    will make sure a filter is on my lens on my next fishing trip.
    Yeah... good idea

    Btw, any pics of your fishing trips?? I'm into fishing too...
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    Piangx. i set eyes on Hoya HMC UV liaox i think $26.
    B+W one is REALLY too much lar.
    anyway, im just getting it for my prosumer only. not willing to invest THAT much on it.

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    Although i use a $850 lens... but i cannot bear to spent $80 on a B+W UV filter... though many times i wanted to buy just just can't bear to...

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    Quote Originally Posted by wrx_sti_22b View Post
    Although i use a $850 lens... but i cannot bear to spent $80 on a B+W UV filter... though many times i wanted to buy just just can't bear to...
    better get, good investment. I got one for my 80-200mm, no worries so far.

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    Quote Originally Posted by wrx_sti_22b View Post
    Although i use a $850 lens... but i cannot bear to spent $80 on a B+W UV filter... though many times i wanted to buy just just can't bear to...
    No point degrading the image quality (IQ) of the lens by placing a low end filter in front rite?
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    Still find Marumi DHG best bang for bucks... quality nt as good as B+W MRC but price is almost 1/2 or even lower the equiv.

    All it need is a tap water wash to get all the salt crystal gone... my lenspen died doing that.

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    Quote Originally Posted by wrx_sti_22b View Post
    Although i use a $850 lens... but i cannot bear to spent $80 on a B+W UV filter... though many times i wanted to buy just just can't bear to...
    I was just like u before, skeptical on getting B+W for my lenses. Ultimately, i made my choice and went for it, never regretted since.
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    is hoya really that bad? lol i just got my hoya hmc for my lenses now after reading this post feels like i should be regretting lol..

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    Quote Originally Posted by makinjosh View Post
    is hoya really that bad? lol i just got my hoya hmc for my lenses now after reading this post feels like i should be regretting lol..
    It's still ok... just that cleaning it is a *****
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    Quote Originally Posted by Bosty View Post
    Piangx. i set eyes on Hoya HMC UV liaox i think $26.
    B+W one is REALLY too much lar.
    anyway, im just getting it for my prosumer only. not willing to invest THAT much on it.
    I think the Hoya multicoat UV should be around low 20, high 10s. 26 mebbe too much. Where you buy from?
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