Filter quality?

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  1. incompletepete

    incompletepete TPF Noob!

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    How much difference does a cheap 77mm Jessops CP filter and a the much more expensive Canon version which is three times the price?

    Does picture quality change at all if you go for the cheaper makes?
     
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    ksmattfish Now 100% DC - not as cool as I once was, but still

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    I haven't used either brand you mention, but I have used both cheapo and expensive filters of all types.

    First of all, I know you are paying at least some extra for the word "Canon" printed on the filter; how much extra I don't know. But just compare the price of an official Canon (or Nikon, etc...) camera strap with a similar strap from another brand (not a camera manufacturer). Obviously they both hold the camera about the same.

    One difference between very expensive filters and not so expensive filters can be color neutrality. B+W filters cost a lot more than Tiffen or Hoya filters, but they guarantee absolute color neutrality (not effecting color balance). Tiffen and Hoya do not guarantee this with their standard filters; there may be some color shift. Although I think you'd be hard pressed to notice it in most situations. If it was anything significant for most photographers, no one would use them.

    I'm not real familiar with Jessops, but if they are comparable to Tiffen or Hoya, then I'd say you'll be happy with the cheaper filter.
     
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    incompletepete TPF Noob!

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    Jessops is camera chain store accross the UK, has a wide range of own brand kit. The CP filter I bought was £47.90, compared with £150 for the Canon equivalent.
     
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    With the cheap filters you also have to worry about lens flare. Sure putting any glass adds to the flare, but the nice filters are multicoated.
     

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