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Old Jul 8, 2008, 10:24 PM   #1
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Got my new 55-300 and am about to get a UV filter/protector for it. In my short time with this lens, I am really liking the color and contrast so I was considering getting a better filter than in the past. Any suggestions?
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Old Jul 8, 2008, 10:46 PM   #2
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B+W or Hoya will do. Ain't much better but they do cost more! I'm cheap so I normally get Tiffen filters or just add to my Cokin filter system.



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Old Jul 9, 2008, 11:05 AM   #3
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B+W or Hoya will do. Ain't much better but they do cost more! I'm cheap so I normally get Tiffen filters or just add to my Cokin filter system.



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That is my same issue. In the past I have just used Tiffen since they were "less expensive". I am now looking at the multicoated B+W and Hoya but don't know where to draw the line or if they are really better.

You can't be too cheap. I have been looking for a "cheap" Bigma for quite some time but you actually bought one.:-)
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Check the prices at www.2filter.com - They were very reputable and I've bought from them on a couple occasions. It's been a couple years since I bought a filter so can't comment on whether they're still the best deal or not.

For what it's worth I have been happy with the Hoya Super HMC filters. Can't say if others are better because I've used them and been happy with the results.
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I purchased a Hoya HMC Superfor my DA*50-135 and a Heliopan for my DA *16-50mm. I cannot however tell if the results are any better than if I used a lesser expensive filter since I have not done any tests with the alternates. For my kit lens I use an inxpensive TIffen filter (cost about $10)and have no complaints. I use the UVs more for protection than for filtering; if nothing else, I have the good feeling that I have premium filters in front of my premium lenses. Either that or I'm a sucker for good marketing.



BTW, check out Amazon.com for selection and price.

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Old Jul 11, 2008, 1:06 PM   #6
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Thanks for the input. I think I will poke around the internet for a $30 to $40 Hoya or B+W and see how it goes.
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This is often a divisive issue, but my $.02 is to spend a day shooting with no UV filter whatsoever and then try a day with the filter. My decision was that the filters added nothing and, under some circumstances, detracted from the quality of my shots. I use a hood and the lens cap to protect my lens but I don't have UV filters on any of them.

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