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I would like to purchase some basic filters (haze and polarizing) for my Canon lenses.(need 67mm and 77mm) I would not mind spending the amount of money required to obtain "professional quality" filters. I have heard that Tiffen filters are not very good quality although the price is enticing. I have hear ggod things about B & W filters and Hoya filters. Any comments regarding this topic would be appreciated.Craig ThayerChicago, IL..

Comments (7)

Ben Brooks wrote:.

B+W and Heliopan are great, then Hoya IMHO..

I would agree, but don't forget that B+W and Hoya both make cheap filters as well as good ones. I don't know offhand about Heliopan but I expect they are the same..

The essential thing is to buy multi-coated filters such as B+W MRC or Kaesemann (KSM), and Hoya Pro1 Digital...

Comment #1

Go with B+W MRC series filters and save yourself some grief. While the Hoya Pro series are probably optically as good, they're a real pain to clean and their mounts aren't as good as B+W. I had two Hoyas and gave them both away (money thrown down the drain). B+W are easy to clean and their mounting rings are great..

I've heard that Heliopan filters are excellent as well, but they're a bit more expensive..

I use B+W UV filters on all my lenses (all are Canon; 5 are L's), and I bought a single B+W circular polarizer and appropriate step-up rings to adapt it to all of my lenses. Circular polarizers are too expensive and too little used (for me) to justify buying more than one. I have a 77mm and adapter rings for 58 and 67mm lenses..

BTW: I get my B+W filters from Canoga Camera and have been very satisfied with their service..

Abbott..

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Abbott Schindler wrote:.

Go with B+W MRC series filters and save yourself some grief. Whilethe Hoya Pro series are probably optically as good, they're a realpain to clean and their mounts aren't as good as B+W. I had two Hoyasand gave them both away (money thrown down the drain). B+W are easyto clean and their mounting rings are great..

I've heard that Heliopan filters are excellent as well, but they're abit more expensive..

I use B+W UV filters on all my lenses (all are Canon; 5 are L's), andI bought a single B+W circular polarizer and appropriate step-uprings to adapt it to all of my lenses. Circular polarizers are tooexpensive and too little used (for me) to justify buying more thanone. I have a 77mm and adapter rings for 58 and 67mm lenses..

BTW: I get my B+W filters from Canoga Camera and have been verysatisfied with their service..

Abbott.

I forgot about the mounts! Oh man I had a Hoya and what a pain to get on and off. The B+W and the Heliopan are much better. So what's the difference? Brass vs Aluminum. Hoyas are Aluminum where Heliopan and B+W are brass, very smooth moving and nice..

Benhttp://www.b3nbrooks.com/blog/..

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Ben Brooks wrote:.

I forgot about the mounts! Oh man I had a Hoya and what a pain to geton and off. The B+W and the Heliopan are much better. So what's thedifference? Brass vs Aluminum. Hoyas are Aluminum where Heliopan andB+W are brass, very smooth moving and nice..

While I don't disagree with you, I did once manage to get a B+W KSM polariser firmly stuck on a B+W step-up ring. I tried all the usual stuff with no sign of shifting it - until eventually the hot water trick freed it...

Comment #4

I recently switched all my filters to B+W after I cleaned one. They don't smudge and streak like the Hoya's...Ed..

Comment #5

I'd get one polarizing filter for the 77 mm and a step up ring for the other. Forget UV filters. Most digital camera already filter UV, so why bother?.

Never add glass unless you have to..

Http://www.bythom.com/filters.htmCheers, Craig..

Comment #6

At least some lenses (a couple of Canon L zooms for examples) aren't rated as weatherproof unless there's a filter attached..

Also, when you're in dusty/wet conditions, it's safer and sometimes easier to clean a filter than the lens. Example: Canon's 50mm f/1.4's front element is recessed pretty far. Have you tried to do a really good job of cleaning a highly recessed element?.

Lens protection (some will find this controversial): I've saved a couple of lens front elements by having filters in place. Latest examples is that 50 f/1.4, which accidently fell off a table (clumsy). The filter broke, but the lens (including alignment) is fine. I had an even worse situation about 15 years ago. I was hiking with a Nikon f3 to which was mounted a 400mm f/3.5 ED Nikkor. I slipped on a rock and the lens hit first.

I hate to think what would have happened had the filter not been in place..

Some argue that the filter degrades the image. I've never seen this with top quality filters. Yes, there's a LITTLE more susceptibility to lens flare, but that's easily controlled with hoods and positioning yourself relative to the light source. Of course, cheap filters with lousy coatings and poorer quality glass are a different story than the B+W and Hoya filters we're talking about in this thread....

Abbott.

Guidenet wrote:.

I'd get one polarizing filter for the 77 mm and a step up ring forthe other. Forget UV filters. Most digital camera already filter UV,so why bother?.

Never add glass unless you have to..

Http://www.bythom.com/filters.htmCheers, Craig..

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