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Old November 7th, 2002, 07:58 PM   #1
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Lens question

I'm looking to get a filter for the GL2. I'm interested in one that can stay on for protection, with minimal distortion.

I'm looking at the B + W 58mm filters. The choices (regular, not slim) I've been looking at so far include the following:

strong UV haze 415 glass filter;
UV haze 010 (MRC) Multi Resistant Coating glass filter;
UV haze 010 glass filter; or
UV haze 010 flass filter extra wide.

Does anyone have recommendations as to which filter best meets my needs?

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Old November 8th, 2002, 04:02 AM   #2
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Get a slim line. It might be closer to the lense thus less reflection and distortion.

I didn't know they have so many variations of the UV 010.

Maybe this one?

UV haze 010 glass filter

or a Heliopan UV? (slim line)

But what's wrong with a Cokin or Hoya? For a UV protection filter for a video cam, you don't have to go with the most expensive.

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Old November 9th, 2002, 08:07 PM   #3
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I'm not familiar with either the Cokin or the Hoya. How do they compare to the B + W or Heliopan in terms of distortion?
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Old November 9th, 2002, 11:37 PM   #4
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I use Hoya filters for my Canon 35mm SLR and I see no distortion in my film.

I havn't tried any Cokin though.
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Old November 9th, 2002, 11:45 PM   #5
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B+W and Heliopan are both owned by the same company, and both use the same German glass. No difference.

I have Cokin filters, and I like them better than the Heliopans, B+Ws, Nikons etc. I've heard that Hoya filters are also very good. Regarding specialty filters, that's more subjective and another story.
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Old November 10th, 2002, 07:53 AM   #6
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Is there a difference in distortion/video quality between multicoated filters versus regular filters?
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Old November 10th, 2002, 08:45 AM   #7
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The difference varies from nominal to extreme. Your safest bet is to always use a multi coated filter unless you can guarantee with 100% certainty your lighting conditions. Single coated filters will show varying degrees of flair the more you point your lens toward a bright light source. Single coated filters also tend not to be manufactured to the same standards as the more expensive multi coated filters. Bottom line , best investment and most bang for the buck, multi coated filters.

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Old November 11th, 2002, 12:19 PM   #8
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I have the multi-coated B+W and it lives on my GL2. I avoided the slimline becase it does not have threads on the external side so the lens cap would not stay on unless you by a new lens cover.
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Old November 11th, 2002, 01:43 PM   #9
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Yeah I got the slimline Heliopan UV and I have that problem with the lenscap, staying on, but the stupid clip on the cap presses up against the lens - and yeah it does mark the filter :(. Even with the non-slim Heliopan the same problem occured, so I just stuck with the slim one. I will need to get another cap, or I will put a thin layer of felt on it.
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