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Thread: B+W Clear MRC filter (F-Pro vs. XS-Pro Digital)

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    Default B+W Clear MRC filter (F-Pro vs. XS-Pro Digital)

    Hi,

    I was asking around for the above filter & found out that there are 2 mounting types (in fact more). The normal F-Pro & the new XS-Pro digital series. The latter is much slimmer & more expensive.

    Apart from the thickness, are there any other differences between the two? Anyone used both before? How does it compare to each other?

    Thanks in advance.

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    Default Re: B+W Clear MRC filter (F-Pro vs. XS-Pro Digital)

    Anyone tried the XS-Pro series?

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    Default Re: B+W Clear MRC filter (F-Pro vs. XS-Pro Digital)

    While I've never tried the XS-Pro series, I'm quite satisfied with the F-Pro range of filters. They haven't disappointed.

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    Default Re: B+W Clear MRC filter (F-Pro vs. XS-Pro Digital)

    Hi,

    Just an update. I went over to TK to have a look & the design is fantastic! Very slim & much lighter . 77mm is lighter compared to 58mm F-Pro (unless my right arm is much more stronger than my left arm ). May make some sense when fitting it on heavy lens . Price wise is about SGD10 more expensive than the normal ones.

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    from what i know, its just a better version of the F-Pro. lighter and slimmer. more suitable for wide lens i guess.

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    Default Re: B+W Clear MRC filter (F-Pro vs. XS-Pro Digital)

    Quote Originally Posted by UncleBen View Post
    Hi,

    Just an update. I went over to TK to have a look & the design is fantastic! Very slim & much lighter . 77mm is lighter compared to 58mm F-Pro (unless my right arm is much more stronger than my left arm ). May make some sense when fitting it on heavy lens . Price wise is about SGD10 more expensive than the normal ones.

    Cheers,
    Ben
    I honestly don't think the weight difference of a filter is going to have any significant impact on the overall weight of the lens.

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    Default Re: B+W Clear MRC filter (F-Pro vs. XS-Pro Digital)

    Main difference would be that these XS-Pro series have front screw threads, unlike their usual slim filters which come with the Schneider cap. Price wise, its gonna give heliopan a good run for their money.

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    Read about B+W brass thingy. So how do i identify which is Brass made and which is not Brass made? Is there any labels to watchout?

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    Default Re: B+W Clear MRC filter (F-Pro vs. XS-Pro Digital)

    Quote Originally Posted by pleasekickmehere View Post
    Read about B+W brass thingy. So how do i identify which is Brass made and which is not Brass made? Is there any labels to watchout?
    Heard somewhere before the MRC types are all brass while non-MRC ones are aluminum.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Snoweagle View Post
    Heard somewhere before the MRC types are all brass while non-MRC ones are aluminum.
    Actually MRC versions come in both aluminum and brass versions, where else, non-MRC ones are aluminum if I'm not wrong.

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    Default Re: B+W Clear MRC filter (F-Pro vs. XS-Pro Digital)

    Gotta take note that, currently XS-Pros only come in Clear Type filter, not the usual UV/Haze filters.

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    Default Re: B+W Clear MRC filter (F-Pro vs. XS-Pro Digital)

    Quote Originally Posted by raghnall View Post
    Actually MRC versions come in both aluminum and brass versions, where else, non-MRC ones are aluminum if I'm not wrong.
    I haven't seen MRC aluminum ones though.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Snoweagle View Post
    I haven't seen MRC aluminum ones though.
    I couldn't believe when I saw this Hong Kong shop selling both versions of the MRC filter.. I was told that the aluminum versions are produced for the China market, hence it's cheaper. I've always thought MRCs came only in brass..

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    Default Re: B+W Clear MRC filter (F-Pro vs. XS-Pro Digital)

    Quote Originally Posted by raghnall View Post
    I couldn't believe when I saw this Hong Kong shop selling both versions of the MRC filter.. I was told that the aluminum versions are produced for the China market, hence it's cheaper. I've always thought MRCs came only in brass..
    Yeah that's why. Maybe that person's right, but how abt the authenticity of the filter?
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    Quote Originally Posted by Snoweagle View Post
    Yeah that's why. Maybe that person's right, but how abt the authenticity of the filter?
    The Brass version has printing on the face of the filter while the aluminum version has the printing on the side. I believe there used to be a thread on it, it's exactly the same.

    Found some images online. Hope it helps!

    Brass Version


    Aluminum Version

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    Default Re: B+W Clear MRC filter (F-Pro vs. XS-Pro Digital)

    Non-MRC ones also come in Brass and Aluminum.

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    Default Re: B+W Clear MRC filter (F-Pro vs. XS-Pro Digital)

    Quote Originally Posted by raghnall View Post
    The Brass version has printing on the face of the filter while the aluminum version has the printing on the side. I believe there used to be a thread on it, it's exactly the same.

    Found some images online. Hope it helps!

    Brass Version


    Aluminum Version
    Quote Originally Posted by .Hack View Post
    Non-MRC ones also come in Brass and Aluminum.
    Thanks for the images.

    Now this is getting confusing. But i suppose all printings on the filter is brass and side is aluminum? Or those printings on the filter itself also has aluminum? I know for mine definitely is brass.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Snoweagle View Post
    Thanks for the images.

    Now this is getting confusing. But i suppose all printings on the filter is brass and side is aluminum? Or those printings on the filter itself also has aluminum? I know for mine definitely is brass.
    The B+W model no. (e.g. 010 UV Haze 1X) on the front of the filter is the brass version.
    Printing of the side is the aluminum version.
    Read it somewhere before.

    Anyway for my non MRC B+W filters, i tally the product codes with B+W website and its stated made of brass.

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    Default Re: B+W Clear MRC filter (F-Pro vs. XS-Pro Digital)

    Quote Originally Posted by .Hack View Post
    The B+W model no. (e.g. 010 UV Haze 1X) on the front of the filter is the brass version.
    Printing of the side is the aluminum version.
    Read it somewhere before.

    Anyway for my non MRC B+W filters, i tally the product codes with B+W website and its stated made of brass.
    Thanks for the info.
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    Quote Originally Posted by .Hack View Post
    Non-MRC ones also come in Brass and Aluminum.
    Oh.. I didn't know that..

    Quote Originally Posted by .Hack View Post
    The B+W model no. (e.g. 010 UV Haze 1X) on the front of the filter is the brass version.
    Printing of the side is the aluminum version.
    Read it somewhere before.

    Anyway for my non MRC B+W filters, i tally the product codes with B+W website and its stated made of brass.
    Maybe I should tally my product codes to the website too. This is getting complicated.

    Seriously, I really don't understand the rational of producing a cheaper aluminum version just for China. Can't they use the brass version too?

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