Canon's UV filter vs. good third-party unit

Discussion in 'Canon EOS' started by ross_hight, Mar 2, 2002.

  1. I've been looking for a pair of good 58mm UV filters to keep on two new Canon EF lenses. Canon, of course, would rather that I used their own product, but I've also heard many good remarks about Hoya and Tiffen multi-coated UV filters. Can anyone tell me anything about how the Canon UV stacks up against B+W, Hoya HMC, etc.?




    R.D. Hight
    Not part of a cosmic energy field per se.
  2. B+W or Hoya would be considered better than the Canon by most, but you
    are picking at grains of sand with that. I just buy B+W and never
    worry about the quality of glass, as I know that I and more
    gear-nurotics think they are more than fine.
  3. While canon filters are indeed well made, the truth is that as long
    as you stay with a brand name multicoated filter like hoya, tiften or
    b&w,you will not see any difference in your photos.
  4. All the Canon UV filters I have seen are made by Tiffen (even comes in the Tiffen
    box). They appeared to be the Tiffen's cheapest model.


    I prefer the Hoya HMC Super Multi-Coated or B & W multi-coated. The Hoya
    filters are extra thin and, thus, won't vignette on most wide angle lenses. B & W
    charges extra for thin filters.
  5. I use UV filters on all lenses for protection (I have a long history
    of dropping and otherwise banging up lenses). The filter is,
    therefore, little more than a clear lens cap. I'll take it off if
    flare is possibility but, otherwise, I leave it on all the time.
    Since I'm using it to protect the front lens element, I expect it to
    get dirty, scratched or even broken. I use good quality UV filters
    by Tiffen (mostly), Hoya and Canon. As long as they are of good
    optical quality, they serve the purpose. I don't spend extra for
    multi-coating or for expensive UV filters.
  6. lee is right. as long as the optics of the filter (UV or skylight) is
    good enough, you don't have to worry about anything else. the main
    idea of such filters is to protect the lens which can be served by any
    good quality filters.
  7. Thanks for the good answers! I was sure I was going to have to
    choose between 1) leaving my poor front elements naked, 2) using a
    cheap skylight which probably degrades images, or 3) getting taken on
    some kind of overpriced unit that probably doesn't even make a
    difference. Shouldn't be to hard to find the middle ground now.
    Thanks again.

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