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Old September 3rd, 2007, 09:48 AM   #1
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UV filter for protection

I'm considering getting a UV filter to leave on the XH-A1 full-time for protection. Two I've been looking at are the B&W 72mm UV Haze 010 Multi-Resisant Coating glass filer and the HOYA 72mm UV Pro 1 Digital Multi-Coated glass filer. Has anyone used either or both of these? I'm looking for real world experience as to which, if either, would be better.
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Old September 3rd, 2007, 01:29 PM   #2
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UV filter

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I use the Hoya, screwed in on as soon as I unpacked my A1. don't even know it's there.
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Old September 3rd, 2007, 01:36 PM   #3
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I have the B+W filter you name. It is very nice and works fine.

I don't know about other filters, but it makes putting on the lens hood a bit tight, but there has been no problem.
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Old September 3rd, 2007, 05:23 PM   #4
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I got a Hoya thin glass filter, 3mm. It was about $75 or so. Very thin but the tradeoff is no front threads, so it has to come off before using other filters. Seems fine.
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Old September 3rd, 2007, 07:00 PM   #5
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Hoya is thin and good glass. B+W is thick and good glass. I like Hoya.
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Old September 3rd, 2007, 07:24 PM   #6
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Hoya also has a 72mm Clear Pro 1 Digital Multi-Coated Glass Filter, which is cheaper than the UV filter. What are the pros and cons of the clear filter versus the UV filter, given I will be leaving it on all the time.
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Old September 3rd, 2007, 07:25 PM   #7
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I got the B&W. It was around $50 to $60, if I recall correctly. No problems at all with it.
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Old September 3rd, 2007, 11:25 PM   #8
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B+W F-Pro A1 72mm filter ---> $100.
The front element of your XH-A1 ---> priceless.

I'm very satisfied with it. It's a good optic.

Even with careful cleaning of the front lens element,
over time the front lens surface will mar. I recommend
a high-quality, made for HD filter. This will reduce the
number of times you need to clean the front surface.

I use my camera outside often, and it's exposed to
dust and pollen. First, I try to blow off what I can.
Next, I try a soft brush. Finally, if needed, I use a
wipe made for lens cleaning. Don't use the
wipe first, as you may grind in particles.

Incidentally, I remove the A1 filter when shooting
into the sun or other light sources to avoid flare,
but generally keep the A1 filter on.

Accidents happen. Let the accidents happen to
a cheap piece of glass, not your XH-A1 lens.

Last edited by Eric Muehling; September 3rd, 2007 at 11:33 PM. Reason: added 3rd sentence
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Old September 4th, 2007, 03:48 AM   #9
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I have bought from Ebay one Kenko 72mm Pro1 Pro 1 Digital MultiCoated UV Filter at only 23.00US$ plus 7$ shipping to Italy. Kenko is the local japan brand of Hoya. At this time is available at 20.99US$ on Ebay as item number 190148240426. Very good quality.
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Old September 4th, 2007, 05:12 AM   #10
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I'll go for a Hoya. Read this for more infomation on thier glass, especially the muilt glass.

http://www.thkphoto.com/products/hoya/hoya-02.html
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Old September 4th, 2007, 05:51 AM   #11
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For those of recommending a Hoya - does it matter whether it's a clear filter or a UV filter?

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Old September 4th, 2007, 06:52 AM   #12
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I have the B+W you mentioned and I like it.
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Old September 5th, 2007, 05:45 AM   #13
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I have the MRC 72 ND 4x + the MRC Circ Pol + UV 72 F-Pro .
All B+W. I l leave the UV on for ever, but agreed with Eric Muehling above.
You need to clean the front element, more if you stack lenses.
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Old September 5th, 2007, 12:43 PM   #14
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For those of recommending a Hoya - does it matter whether it's a clear filter or a UV filter?
For protection, it doesn't matter. Most people will use a UV Filter since it serves to remove some haze outside by filtiltering the UV light. There are different levels of UV light removal in different filters.
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Old September 5th, 2007, 04:00 PM   #15
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If I get the UV filter, will it matter if I leave it on all the time - including when I doing video inside?
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