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Lens Filters -- preference?
« on: September 25, 2012, 09:58:29 AM »
I'm looking for suggestions for lens filters that don't affect the picture -- want them to protect my lens.  What are your favorites?

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Re: Lens Filters -- preference?
« Reply #1 on: September 25, 2012, 10:16:45 AM »
B&W MRC UV filters are on all my L Primes. Fantastic IQ.

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« Reply #2 on: September 25, 2012, 10:27:25 AM »
B&W MRC UV filters are on all my L Primes. Fantastic IQ.

+1.  XS-Pro mount for any lens where vignetting may be an issue (wide angle lenses and the 70-200 II), F-Pro mount otherwise.
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« Reply #3 on: September 25, 2012, 10:43:20 AM »
Thanks -- I saw three B&W 77 mm XSPros... 1) Kaesemann Circular Polarizer MRC Nano Filter, 2) UV MRC-Nano 010M Filter and  3) Clear MRC-Nano 007

Which would you choose?

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« Reply #4 on: September 25, 2012, 10:45:37 AM »
Thanks -- I saw three B&W 77 mm XSPros... 1) Kaesemann Circular Polarizer MRC Nano Filter, 2) UV MRC-Nano 010M Filter and  3) Clear MRC-Nano 007

If I wanted a CPL, I'd choose the CPL - that's for optical effect (reduce reflection, increase saturation, darken blue skies, not to be left on all the time as it costs you ~1.75 stops of light).

If I wanted protection for the front element, I'd choose either 2 or 3 - for a dSLR there's no difference so get whichever is cheaper.
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Re: Lens Filters -- preference?
« Reply #5 on: September 25, 2012, 10:47:16 AM »
Thanks -- I saw three B&W 77 mm XSPros... 1) Kaesemann Circular Polarizer MRC Nano Filter, 2) UV MRC-Nano 010M Filter and  3) Clear MRC-Nano 007

Which would you choose?
Option 1 is a polarizer. Its an effect filter to reduce reflection and improve saturation.

Option 2 will cut UV light from your lens, I've noticed about a 100 K degree cooler photos. If you shoot film also, I'd get this one.

Option 3 will simply protect you lens, nothing else. Get this one if you plan to shoot only digital.

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Re: Lens Filters -- preference?
« Reply #6 on: September 25, 2012, 10:49:06 AM »
Thanks -- I saw three B&W 77 mm XSPros... 1) Kaesemann Circular Polarizer MRC Nano Filter, 2) UV MRC-Nano 010M Filter and  3) Clear MRC-Nano 007

Which would you choose?

I have the B+W 007M MRC Nano Coated Clear Glass Protection Filter with XS-Pro (is also written as XSPD) Mount.

The Kaesemann Circular Polarizer is a superb polarizer filter, not a general protection filter (but extremely useful and highly recommended).

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« Reply #7 on: September 26, 2012, 10:06:46 AM »
Thank you so much... I'm ordering the clear one for now.

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« Reply #8 on: September 26, 2012, 06:08:06 PM »
XS-Pro for everything...nothing but the best.  ;)
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Re: Lens Filters -- preference?
« Reply #9 on: September 26, 2012, 06:35:12 PM »
Call me practical, but I've been using Hoya HMC filters for ages, never a problem.  They have a better grade, but the HMC is very very good. 

On the Leica M, I'm using B+W multicoated filters, since they are more available in the small (odd) Leica sizes.

I prefer the Sky 1B in Hoya, and plain ol' UV in B+W (shooting monochrome on the Leica anyway)

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« Reply #10 on: September 26, 2012, 06:48:21 PM »
Call me practical, but I've been using Hoya HMC filters for ages, never a problem.  They have a better grade, but the HMC is very very good. 

On the Leica M, I'm using B+W multicoated filters, since they are more available in the small (odd) Leica sizes.

I prefer the Sky 1B in Hoya, and plain ol' UV in B+W (shooting monochrome on the Leica anyway)

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« Reply #11 on: September 26, 2012, 06:55:19 PM »

I use Hoya and didn't notice any issues.
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« Reply #12 on: September 26, 2012, 07:12:28 PM »
Thanks -- I saw three B&W 77 mm XSPros... 1) Kaesemann Circular Polarizer MRC Nano Filter, 2) UV MRC-Nano 010M Filter and  3) Clear MRC-Nano 007

If I wanted a CPL, I'd choose the CPL - that's for optical effect (reduce reflection, increase saturation, darken blue skies, not to be left on all the time as it costs you ~1.75 stops of light).

If I wanted protection for the front element, I'd choose either 2 or 3 - for a dSLR there's no difference so get whichever is cheaper.

Yep, +1.
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« Reply #13 on: September 26, 2012, 08:19:35 PM »
Going back a few decades, I've used Hoya HMC for my film cameras.  But, I have noticed increased flare with this filter on an EF 70-300 f4-5.6 USM IS.

Last winter, I upgraded to the EF 70-200 f2.8L IS Mark II and the EF-S 17-55 f2.8 IS lenses.  I'm now using the Hoya HD Clear Protection Glass Filter (HOHDP77) on both and I HIGHLY recommend this filter. 

Hoya's website includes video demonstrating it's toughness.  Fortunately, I have no first-hand experience with this.  But, Hoya's claims that this filter is easy to clean are valid.  Fingerprints come off very easily with a wipe of lens cleaning cloth.  More importantly, I have been unable to reproduce the flare that I found with cheaper filters – and I tried.

Moving from the 58mm 70-300 lens to the 77mm 70-200, I was concerned about flare.  So, I did some testing with this filter on the 70-200 aimed at and near the evening sun.  I found no discernible difference in image quality and no increased flare.

One other note here.  The curvature of the front elements on the 70-200 and the 17-55 is relatively flat, which helps prevent internal flare.  In contrast, the EF 35 2.0 has a front element deeply recessed from the filter threads and with a small diameter curvature.  Together, these factors increase the chance that light can bounce between the front element and the rear of the filter.  A cupcake with a single birthday candle can produce several flared images with any filter.  I no longer use filters on the little lenses.
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Re: Lens Filters -- preference?
« Reply #13 on: September 26, 2012, 08:19:35 PM »