I want a UV filter. Which brand?

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  1. wgp1987

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    I have a Canon 24-105 f4L and a Canon 50mm f1.8. I own a tiffen UV filter for the 50mm but it is a tiffen (which i heard isnt the best) and i constantly shoot with my 24-105's front element always exposed. It uses a 77mm and i was thinking about getting a hoya filter for it. Is hoya the best one to go with or does someone recomend something better?
     
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    Hoya is a good choice to go with. I'm sure i'm not the only one who will say to not put anything in front of the lens and just snap a hood on the lens.
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    I'm sure you're aware that there are two camps on this issue...

    I'm in the "no UV filter" camp, but if you absolutely have to have one - I like B+W.
     
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    My sentiments exactly. I prefer B+W 010 for protection; at times, like during the spring, deciduous trees put off a very fine mist of airborne sap in micro-droplets. At that time of the year, I insist on using a filter. Otherwise, no filter for me. Indoors = no UV filter. Ever.
     
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    I am in the no filter camp myself. I plan on doing a lot of wilderness/beach shots this spring and protecting my front element is starting to become a must have. I was looking at filters on BH and there are like 6 differant uv's ranging from 40-100. Crazy
     
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    OK, for what you intend to use it for...

    Yes, you might actually want to have one, and you will want a good one.

    I still recommend B+W...a 77mm one will probably be pretty pricey...around $100 maybe.

    Get one to fit your largest lens (77mm I take it...), and get step down rings to use it on your other lenses.


    EDIT
    If you usually use a hood, using step down rings might be difficult... The filter will be larger than the opening (lens side) in the hood.
    You would have to put the hood on, then put the filter/step down ring on - which will be tricky with the hood on.
     
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    B+W, Heliopan, Hoya SHMC

    Just take note.. many brands have "levels" of quality.


    I use filters.. I don't use caps at all nor hoods. I shoot primes and don't really baby the lenses. Just like hoods are used when needed, the filters are removed when I see the potential for flare. It takes 2 seconds..
     
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    ...I would go with the second one. And, BTW - you do realize that's the exact filter Derrel suggested a few posts up...;)
     
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    im just trying to justify the cost. 1200 lens deserves an 85 dollar filter .... right?
     
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    Yeah. If it makes you feel better, it's only 7% of the cost of the lens. :lol:
     
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    The $85 filter will fare just as well as the $10 one when you drop your lens on the sidewalk.
     

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