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Old December 29th, 2002, 09:26 PM   #16
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the glass on the heliopan is top notch but the coating leaves much to desire. i called a local nyc photo shop and they told me that for the nyk marathon a number of b+w & heliopans were ordered (one of the sponsors had multiple still cameras to cover the event) and they eventually sent them all back and went with hoya shmc uv filters. no glare or reflections reported as opposed to the b+w & heliopans.

if you want the best glass and construction (brass rings) got to go with the germans. what i most care about is reducing glare/reflections and that is done via multiple layers (on both sides). since i don't plan on using the uv filter 24-7 i don't stress over the where the glass came from or if they use brass or aluminum rings. the japanese have good glass, maybe not as good as the german schott (zeiss), but they are very high quality.

that's why i went with one of the originals (not the inventor) = pentax smc filters (7 per side). i believe hoya might cut the glass for them but the coating is all pentax (highly respected in 35mm & medium format lenses).

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Old December 29th, 2002, 09:41 PM   #17
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I would take what a New York photo shop tells you with some skepticism. Or for that matter almost any retailer today. The general lack of knowledge in the sales staffs is appalling.

Pentax is the inventor of multi coated photo optics. They make great filters and lenses. A very good choice to minimize flare and reflections.

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Old December 29th, 2002, 09:43 PM   #18
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true, true, true!!!!!
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