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Old May 13, 2009, 8:51 AM   #1
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Old May 13, 2009, 10:00 AM   #2
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Interesting. It's amazing how bad this Tiffen appears to be:

http://www.lenstip.com/113.24-articl...n_72mm_UV.html

I'm in the "don't use 'em with digital" group as far as protective filters go.
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Old May 13, 2009, 11:52 AM   #3
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ditto,
i use to used them until i read an article...
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this has surprised me.. i've always recommended hoyaHMC filters.. best bang for the buck.. certainly not the most expensive but well affordable..
http://www.lenstip.com/113.15-articl..._HMC_UV-0.html

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Old May 13, 2009, 3:51 PM   #5
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Thanks for the link to this very informative test. Not that I feel any brand loyalty towards Hoya after the merger, but fortunately my gut feeling has lead me to use the Hoya HMCs anyway. I do use them fpr lens protection. Not because I'm afraid of bumping into something, but because I'm afraid I can't refrain from polishing fingerprints and dust with my t-shirt. And after ten years there will be some cleaning marks. Better on the filter...

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Interesting indeed... I have a Hoya HMC Super on my DA*50-135 and the Heliopan on my DA*16-50. Guess I could have done worse with 2 duds (Heliopans)!
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After reviewing that article, I checked to see what brand of UV filter I have on my lenses. I was feeling quite proud of myself when I saw that that my 16-45 DA sports a Hoya SMC filter. Then I saw that my Sigma 70-300 APO DG has a Tiffen.

I've used UV filters for many years, mostly to protect the front element from getting banged up while hiking and mountaineering. Sorry to say, I haven't done any serious mountaineering in many decades, but the habit of protecting a lens with a UV filter has stuck. I guess I'll have to re-think that approach, since most of my shooting is now done in much more sedate and tame settings.
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Thanks for posting this. I tend to be the "don't use" category, but have recently been re-considering. Somehow I managed to get a slight superficial scratch on an expensive lens (no idea how I managed that). It doesn't affect the pictures it takes, but it certainly affects any resale value it might have. I've been debating getting something, though I don't know what. Guess I'll be looking closely at the Hoyas - once tried Tiffen and came to the conclusion that the one I had was lousy.
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