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    Default B+W UV-Haze 1x MRC F-PRO Filter, fake?

    guys, just bought another of this filter at "The Camera Workshop" and noticed the location of the label on the filter.

    does it make a difference? does this filter has imitation?

    top: from TCWS, label written on the side.
    bottom: from CPM that i bought along with my 70-200, label written infront.


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    Default Re: B+W UV-Haze 1x MRC F-PRO Filter, fake?

    additional image


    notice the #70252 on the left box? doest it imply something?

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    Default Re: B+W UV-Haze 1x MRC F-PRO Filter, fake?

    Mine have it on the inside. 70252 is the product code
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    Default Re: B+W UV-Haze 1x MRC F-PRO Filter, fake?

    should be batch thingy, i have both versions.
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    Default Re: B+W UV-Haze 1x MRC F-PRO Filter, fake?

    whatever it is, does the optic live up to the quality of ur previous? if so don think there is a need to worry. imitation definitely would produce such good optic as to match the original.

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    Default Re: B+W UV-Haze 1x MRC F-PRO Filter, fake?

    hmm issit one is alluminium and one is brass.
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    Default Re: B+W UV-Haze 1x MRC F-PRO Filter, fake?

    I have both as well. One from CP and other from OP. Both works well thou the one from CP feels more solid
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    Quote Originally Posted by ExplorerZ View Post
    whatever it is, does the optic live up to the quality of ur previous? if so don think there is a need to worry. imitation definitely would produce such good optic as to match the original.
    Agreed.... if the photo result is the same for both (same setting comparison) then wat to worry??

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    Default Re: B+W UV-Haze 1x MRC F-PRO Filter, fake?

    Quote Originally Posted by chalib View Post
    Agreed.... if the photo result is the same for both (same setting comparison) then wat to worry??
    will you also pay the imitation or look alike Lowepro bag the same price as the original which also can carry your camera?

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    I think there were extensive discussion about the B&W variants some time back.

    IIRC, basically, two series are manufactured for different markets. One uses slightly cheaper mounting materials. That's pretty much all I can remember about that part. Apparently, B&W has always touted preferring using brass for their rings as it did not bind.

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    Quote Originally Posted by engrmariano View Post
    will you also pay the imitation or look alike Lowepro bag the same price as the original which also can carry your camera?
    That is different situation...... both CP and OP are reputable store, don't think they will take the risk to sell fake one

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    Quote Originally Posted by StrifeYun View Post
    hmm issit one is alluminium and one is brass.
    Quote Originally Posted by Dream Merchant View Post
    I think there were extensive discussion about the B&W variants some time back.

    IIRC, basically, two series are manufactured for different markets. One uses slightly cheaper mounting materials. That's pretty much all I can remember about that part. Apparently, B&W has always touted preferring using brass for their rings as it did not bind.

    yep, CP sells the brass version. the other is the alu "made for china".
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    Default Re: B+W UV-Haze 1x MRC F-PRO Filter, fake?

    Would there be a price difference between the brass and alu-type? It's more important that the glass is the same IMHO.

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    Default Re: B+W UV-Haze 1x MRC F-PRO Filter, fake?

    which 1 is Alu and which 1 is brass?
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    Quote Originally Posted by Del_CtrlnoAlt View Post
    should be batch thingy, i have both versions.
    I notice the 'fake' one doesn't have a B+W safety seal on the box and doesn't say B+W on the rim. It's not likely that they even leave the product code out.. Better check with Schneider. http://www.schneideroptics.com/contact/contact.htm Some shops do sell quite a lot of fake stuff.. I was quite pissed when I got some fake Nikon body caps and rear lens caps from a shop before and they're selling at the same price as CP sells the real ones for, so just be careful.
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    Quote Originally Posted by chalib View Post
    Agreed.... if the photo result is the same for both (same setting comparison) then wat to worry??
    Just worry that the fake ones are not endorsed by B+W. If that's the case, you're just letting some crooks make a bigger profit from stolen glass. Or maybe take Hoya HMC glass and put them in remarked rims to pass them off as B+W for higher profits? There are lots of fake stuff circulating in China market. It may be acceptable there because the selling price is low but certainly not here where they charge you for what the original sells for.

    Like I mentioned in another thread, I don't mind using compatible 3rd party products but I will not tolerate fakes.

    It's better to buy from CP if you're unsure.
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    Default Re: B+W UV-Haze 1x MRC F-PRO Filter, fake?

    Actually one is made of aluminium ring, and the other one, the one we see more often are made of brass.

    The reason why people think that the alumnium is fake is because
    1)That is not the common one they see other photographers used
    2)Many shops sell the aluminium at brass prices

    Hence, people feel they are cheated.

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    Quote Originally Posted by egnaro View Post
    which 1 is Alu and which 1 is brass?
    Left is aluminium, right is brass

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    Quote Originally Posted by hammie View Post
    Mine have it on the inside. 70252 is the product code
    Yup, 70252 is the product code for the brass version.

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    Quote Originally Posted by huggable View Post
    Would there be a price difference between the brass and alu-type? It's more important that the glass is the same IMHO.
    Yes, by right there should be price difference. However, sad to say, many camera stores are selling it at the same price as the brass

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