Anyone ever heard of OSAWA filters?

Discussion in 'Accessories' started by shawn_rahman, Apr 16, 2003.

  1. I've recently run across filters made by a company named OSAWA. Has
    anyone ever ehard of them? If so, how do they compare to Tiffen,
    Hoya, etc.?

    Thanks!
     
  2. As no one has replied yet, I'd suggest that few people have heard of them. But there are several such brands around, including Phoenix, and a lot are made by the Japanese optical glass giant THK (Tokina-Hoya-Kenko, I think). Since many people seem to obsess about differences between Nikon and B+W, I don't think many people would recommend them.
    Still, if you're after a cheap filter that you won't use that often (like a fluorescent to daylight), it might be worth buying, but you could probably get better filters cheap on eBay. If it's a filter you'd use a lot (polariser, UV, black-and-white tonal correction...), it's probably not a good idea to put an iffy filter in front of a nice lens.
     
  3. I don't know anything about Osawa filters, but I have owned an Osawa 70-210 zoom since about 1985. I rarely use it (I'm addicted to primes), but it's a decent quality lens which produces decent results. I have a vague recollection of reading a review of the lens back in the 80s, and it was favorably reviewed. The filters are probably decent as well.
     
  4. I think Osawa is actually an OEM for many of the other cheap filter brands. They do produce a few under their own name. I would not recomend them.
     

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