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    UV filters

    I recently bought a couple of new lenses, and I asked the salesperson to suggest a basic UV filter for the lenses to keep them protected. She recommended an 'HD protector filter' for $85 each.

    In the past Ive just thrown on any cheap and cheerful uv filter that I could find, maybe $20, and I was curious whether the difference for the more expensive was worth it, or if this was just an add on being used to drive up the overall sale.

    Any suggestions or advice would be great.
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    the difference between a cheap UV filter and a decent UV filter is actually there is no difference. ie: with a good quality filter there is no difference in IQ. with a cheap one, it can ruin your photos.
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    This is something of a good old religious war - some people insist on keeping a UV filter on all the time to protect their lens. If you're going to do that you should really get a good one. I tend not to use them, but I do have a couple of cheap and cheerful ones that I will pop on in "hazardous" circumstances, such as a windy/stormy day at the beach or a toddler's birthday party.

    The salesperson is quite probably making significant commission on filter sales.
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    I try to buy the mid range filters. Not the $20 nor the $120. I've read mixed opinions on the how the quality difference can be quite significant, but haven't seen any data to back it up.
    For a UV filter $85 sounds pretty high.

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    Quote Originally Posted by fotogmarc View Post
    for a uv filter $85 sounds pretty high.

    nz$85 = us$59

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    Thanks everyone for all the input. The $85 was in USD, Im buying it from a US store.

    If thats too high, can someone recommend a brand or filter thats of decent quality? Or what is your personal preference? Filter size is 77mm. I went to Amazon and there was a dizzying array of brands and types, hard to separate the wheat from the chaff (because really, who even knows what chaff is).
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    $85 US for UV filter? What the lens size? What type of filter is that?
    When I picked up my lens, the salesman cringed when I selected a cheap and cheerful and gave me a Hoya instead. It costs around $90 Aus. Filter prices depend on size of lens too, the larger the diameter the more expensive they are, generally.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Thronsen View Post
    Thanks everyone for all the input. The $85 was in USD, Im buying it from a US store.

    If thats too high, can someone recommend a brand or filter thats of decent quality? Or what is your personal preference? Filter size is 77mm. I went to Amazon and there was a dizzying array of brands and types, hard to separate the wheat from the chaff (because really, who even knows what chaff is).
    sounds like what you;re buying is the B+W, thats all i use personally. still, sounds expensive. compare prices here:

    http://maxsaver.net/B-W-77mm-MRC-UV-...ted-Alloy.aspx
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    Quote Originally Posted by Rooz View Post
    sounds like what you;re buying is the B+W, thats all i use personally. still, sounds expensive. compare prices here:

    http://maxsaver.net/B-W-77mm-MRC-UV-...ted-Alloy.aspx
    I think the one they quoted me is a Hoya, at least thats what I found when I researched 'HD' part of their description (which apparently stands for either High Definition (?) or Hardened Glass depending on who you talk to). I have an email out to them in any case to find out exactly what it is they are selling.

    Have you (or anyone) used that Maxsaver.net site? For the B+W (if I found the right one, #010) thats 25% cheaper then Amazon, and its unusual in my experience for Amazon to be beaten by that much.

    http://www.amazon.com/77mm-Ultra-Vio...9515725&sr=8-1
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    Any Hoya UV filter is good TBH, I would say the same about B+W.

    I'm a filter user and since moving to higher quality nikkor lenses, I have opted to use nikon nc filters and I have been pretty happy with them.
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