View Poll Results: Is it worth it paying so much more for B+W filters over basic hoya ones?

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    Default B+W filters: worth paying so much?

    ive use mainly hoya filters, which cost around $20 for a 62mm UV, and just above $70-80 for a standard CPL (77mm)

    however, a friend of mine uses B+W UV filters, which cost $80 instead for a 62mm UV MRC and $130 for a 77mm UV MRC

    i understand that the coating and all does reduce reflections and cause less ghosting, but i havent experienced much problems with the 'cheap' hoya filters from the basic range, except maybe some vignetting from the CPL

    is it worth paying that much more to get B+W filters? or r u merely paying for the brand?

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    i started using hoya and switched to b+w recently. i was disappointed at how easily hoya filters get scratched after 1 cleaning session.

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    Default Re: B+W filters: worth paying so much?

    Same experience.
    Comparing B+W to Marumi & Hoya, the filter is definitely better in built & almost scratch-proof.

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    Default Re: B+W filters: worth paying so much?

    Considering that the higher cost is more than paid back by the ease of cleaning and longer durability (i.e. less prone to scratching). I once had a fingerprint smudge on a Hoya which took me a long time to clean, it can be frustrating.

    I would say that B+W is worth it.

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    B+w Ftw..
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    Default Re: B+W filters: worth paying so much?

    B+W is much smoother and easier to clean and more resistance to scratch.
    Last edited by kevyan; 6th November 2007 at 11:59 AM.

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    so maybe i shld change to B+W

    my hoya UV filter does have a mark which has been impossible for me to clean off - so far

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    Default Re: B+W filters: worth paying so much?

    when you've used B+W filters, you don't want to use any other filters...

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    Default Re: B+W filters: worth paying so much?

    if you have extra $$$ to spare

    Quote Originally Posted by 2.8photography View Post
    so maybe i shld change to B+W

    my hoya UV filter does have a mark which has been impossible for me to clean off - so far

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    Default Re: B+W filters: worth paying so much?

    no fight in terms of quality...b+w

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    Default Re: B+W filters: worth paying so much?

    Quote Originally Posted by kevyan View Post
    if you have extra $$$ to spare
    yup, i visited the B+W site - found a filter that cost as much (or slightly more than) my 12-24 lens

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    Default Re: B+W filters: worth paying so much?

    B+W definitely worth it. Ease of use and EASE of CLEANING makes up for the additional cost.
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    Default Re: B+W filters: worth paying so much?

    B+W is the one.

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    Default Re: B+W filters: worth paying so much?

    I agree that B+W is really worth the money as its so much easier to clean and maintain as compared to the lower priced Hoya filters.

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    Default Re: B+W filters: worth paying so much?

    Quote Originally Posted by 2.8photography View Post
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    i understand that the coating and all does reduce reflections and cause less ghosting, but i havent experienced much problems with the 'cheap' hoya filters from the basic range, except maybe some vignetting from the CPL

    is it worth paying that much more to get B+W filters? or r u merely paying for the brand?

    Yes, it is worth it but since you have no problem with hoya then stick to hoya. BTW, the best filter I have used is Heliopan.

    http://www.heliopan.de/produkte/index.shtml

    Website is in German.
    Last edited by Lightworkz; 6th November 2007 at 01:59 PM.

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    Default Re: B+W filters: worth paying so much?

    Do we need to speak more after you've seen the poll result?
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    Default Re: B+W filters: worth paying so much?

    Having used both Hoya and B+W filters, I would definitely go for B+W anytime. The better built and ease of cleaning is worth the extra cost. My Hoya filters always have a layer of dust/dirt that I just can't clean them away, while my B+W can be cleaned off very easily.
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    Default Re: B+W filters: worth paying so much?

    Quote Originally Posted by kevyan View Post
    B+W is much smoother and easier to clean and more resistance to scratch.
    cos none of mine is scratched yet so B+W

    Quote Originally Posted by Andy Ang View Post
    Do we need to speak more after you've seen the poll result?
    yup, agree too

    Btw, was using Hoya many yrs ago but due to...aiya, I've mentioned this b4 in similar post, so aiyo...sian/frustrations-lahhh chg all to B+W since.

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    Default Re: B+W filters: worth paying so much?

    Quote Originally Posted by Andy Ang View Post
    Do we need to speak more after you've seen the poll result?
    er last time i checked, it was 99% for B+W, but now its dropped to 80% - wonder whos been adding to the 'no'

    prob scared away by the posts to say why it isnt worth it to buy B+W

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    Default Re: B+W filters: worth paying so much?

    if you think it's worth it

    it's worth it

    if you think it's not, it's not

    as far as i'm concerned, i do not need expensive filters, yay, and no, i have not voted yet

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