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Old Dec 28, 2011, 10:11 AM   #1
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Default Good filter brands

Anyone have any suggestions? Searching around, I'm finding a lot of unbranded filters, not sure I trust them, I don't want a bad filter to affect my shots.

I'm looking for a UV and CPL in 55mm. Also a UV in 49mm.

Found this Hama one, good enough?
http://www.7dayshop.com/catalog/prod...oducts_id=5961

One last thing, where are people buying their kit from? Anyone know of any good reputable online stores? I'm in the uk and all I go to is eBay and 7dayshop for accesories. Obviously there's Jessops and Jacobs, but they're a little overpriced in comparison.
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Old Dec 28, 2011, 11:28 AM   #2
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Old Dec 28, 2011, 12:17 PM   #3
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Here is a good round-up of CPL filters: http://www.lenstip.com/115.1-article...ters_test.html I buy the Marumi DHG Supers and am happy with them, but you should pay attention to the flare properties before you make a decision. The comparably-ranked B+W has noticeably better resistance to flare. If you don't mind paying twice the price, you might consider that CPL instead. Personally, I have not found the flare an issue, but I don't use CPLs a lot.

I wouldn't use a UV filter on a bet, so I can't offer any suggestions there. The LensTip site does have a UV filter round-up that you might be interested in, though. FWIW
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If you're going to use a filter, make it a good one. Any filter will adversely affect image quality; good filters less so. Choose multicoated filters from B+W, Heliopan, OEM brands, plus Hoya's and Tiffen's top-of-the-line.

See Good Times with Bad Filters and Reflections on Reflections. Coatings: The Most Important Part of Your Lens. (That last one is mainly about lenses, but it affects filters too.

Skip the "no name" and house brands, and the lower end products from Hoya and Tiffen.

This is one area where price is an excellent indication of quality. Don't scrimp.
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Old Dec 30, 2011, 8:10 AM   #5
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Thanks! Helpful as always.

I've always thought that uv filters was a must to protect the front of the lenses? Why is it that I'm getting a vibe from your replies that that may not be the case...?
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UV Filters, especially cheap UV filters, can degrade image quality.
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