UV and Polarising Filter for Canon 17-55mm?

Aug 13, 2010
Hi everyone.
Recently my 18-55kit lens went kapow on me and so I'm going to upgrade to a Canon 17-55mm f2.8 for my Canon1000D.

I need a UV filter to protect my lens but I am afraid that it would degrade my image quality/be difficult to clean or be prone to scratches.

I noticed a thread comparing B+W to Hoya filters and after reading it seems that the former is a better choice? What about Canon filters? Can anyone shed light on this issue and suggest which brand/type of filter i should get for my lens?

In addition, I also want to buy a circular polarising filter. Do you have anything to recommend? Again, image quality is my main priority.

Where can I buy the filters from and how much do they cost?

Thanks in advance, everyone. Your help is greatly appreciated!~ :)


New Member
Feb 4, 2009
hoya pro 1D series, kenko pro 1D series.


Staff member
Jan 3, 2008
Pasir Ris
Newest filters not included, but if you just browse through the hundreds of existing threads discussing exactly the very same topic you'l find the answers.
UV Filter test: http://www.lenstip.com/113.1-article-UV_filters_test.html
CPL Filter test: http://www.lenstip.com/115.1-article-Polarizing_filters_test.html
After all: you get what you pay for. In addition, get a decent lens hood for your lens. Helps to prevent flare and blocks stray light, acts as protector as well. Filters are to filter light, not to keep clumsy fingers away. Front element coating of lenses is pretty tough, it needs more than a simple wipe to create scratches.

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