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Old Dec 17, 2010, 11:16 PM   #1
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I have recently purchased a digital camera. But now I am looking to buy camera filter. I am looking for filter which should be specially designed, good quality, protect my camera from scratch and dust. So do you know any website where I can purchase camera filter of best quality? If yes, then please help me by suggesting the name of that website or please provide me the link of that website.
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Old Dec 18, 2010, 2:11 AM   #2
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There are a number of manufacturers that make good filters, and if you're going to use a filter, it should be a good one. Cheap filters can compromise image quality a lot.

Adorama and B&H Photo Video are good places to buy B+W or Heliopan, or even Hoya HD or Tiffen HT filters.
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Old Dec 18, 2010, 7:33 AM   #3
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I have often purchased from the Filter Connection: http://2filter.com/ I find them reliable with good prices, large stock, and good information on filters. FWIW
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Here's a review of UV Filters that you may find helpful.

http://www.lenstip.com/113.1-article...ters_test.html

I'd pay particular attention to how much "veiling flare" you get (that washed out "hazy" look that you can get when a brighter light source is too close to the frame), as well as ghosts (where light sources are mirrored in other places in the image due to internal reflections from the glass). They have some images for each of the filters to show how much they degrade quality.

For example, if you look at the images from this Tiffen (probably one of their uncoated ones), it's pretty bad.

http://www.lenstip.com/113.24-articl...n_72mm_UV.html
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Old Dec 18, 2010, 8:22 AM   #5
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The two that I have found that make decent filters are Hoya Pro line and and B+W.
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Of course all this brings up the question "Why do you need a filter to protect the lens?" Many answer that question "Only in blowing sand or salt spray." I own more than 40 lenses stretching back forty years and I've never scratched a front element. Nor have dogs or little children caused a problem and my cameras have been exposed to both. Knowing proper lens cleaning techniques and not being OCD about clean are generally all that most need.

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Hear! Hear!
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