A good review of UV filters


blacvios

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A good compilation of UV filters being tested for light transmission with surprising results.

UV filter test
 

seafood

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Good site :thumbsup::thumbsup::thumbsup:
 

zackery88

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very useful site indeed
 

Reportage

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nice showing...although being number 5 but for less then $30 locally for the Marumi MC-UV filter, good job.
 

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Bliondi

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informative thread. to put it simply (or for ppl who missed the point in the wall of text), UV filter is used to cut down atmospheric haze which can appear hazy on your photos especially the higher you go in altitude (as UV radiation is less scattered/absorbed by the atmosphere the higher you go)

However, if you are shooting in singapore (which is more or less close to sea level) i don't see why you seriously need a UV filter.

to off track a bit,

Ignoring the UV tests, the B+W is still the best filter out there which allows highest visible light through it, and does very well in the flare test. It is also the easiest to clean amongst all my filters and definitely the most well built. price is a bit pricey tho.

i personally use all B+W clear MRC (not UV) for my 10-22 and 70-200 f4L IS and a Hoya Super HMC on my Tamron 17-50 and 100mm macro
 

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informative thread. to put it simply (or for ppl who missed the point in the wall of text), UV filter is used to cut down atmospheric haze which can appear hazy on your photos especially the higher you go in altitude (as UV radiation is less scattered/absorbed by the atmosphere the higher you go)

However, if you are shooting in singapore (which is more or less close to sea level) i don't see why you seriously need a UV filter.

to off track a bit,

Ignoring the UV tests, the B+W is still the best filter out there which allows highest visible light through it, and does very well in the flare test. It is also the easiest to clean amongst all my filters and definitely the most well built. price is a bit pricey tho.

i personally use all B+W clear MRC (not UV) for my 10-22 and 70-200 f4L IS and a Hoya Super HMC on my Tamron 17-50 and 100mm macro
Not really, I find the HMCs to be clearer when compared to F-Pros or XS-slims or whatever B+W call their filters
 

mabmy

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Thanks for sharing blacvios. :)
 

kkgoxplore

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:thumbsup::thumbsup::thumbsup: Thank you for sharing.

I have asked myself often as to why I am paying for a B+W filter? :what:
 

doodah

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I am extremely surprised that Hoya filters are outperforming B+W filters.
I am not surprised.

I am one of those rare folks who actually get to measure and test optical stuff for work. There was one occasion when I tested more than 50 circular polarizers from various brands. Guess who came on top... Moose (also owned by Hoya) followed by Hoya, then Kenko Pro1D (same company as Hoya).

As for easy cleaning of B+W stuff... well, Hoya now has its own HD stuff which are supposedly easy to clean too.
 

Omega23

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HMC actually comes up top because of its better UV filter capability which is not a need for DSLR.. Talking about better light transmission, the B+W MRC is the better one.. ;)
 

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