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12-26-2004, 08:30 AM
I've seen variations on this question, but nothing quite this specific, so let me give this a try. I am new to SLR photography and am going to be purchasing a digital rebel with the 18-55 mm kit lens. I am also going to purchase the 28-135 IS and 75-300 IS lenses.

I've seen posts that say you need to buy "quality" filters to suit your "quality" lens. This leads me to ask what level of quality filter? Since I'm not buying the top quality L lenses, do I need the top quality filter? As an example, I'll paste in below various Hoya 58mm filters I found at B&H photo on line:

Hoya 58mm UV Haze Glass Filter--$13.50
Hoya 58mm Haze UV(0) (HMC) Multi-Coated Glass Filter--$20.95
Hoya 58mm Haze UV(0) (S-HMC) Super Mullti-Coated Glass Filter--$32.95
Hoya 58mm UV Haze (HMC) Multi-Coated Glass Filter Ultra Thin--$34.50
Hoya 58mm Haze UV(0) Pro1 (S-HMC) Super Multi-Coated Glass Filter--59.95

Which 58 mm filters would you buy for the kit lens and the 75-300 IS? What about the 28-135 IS (which takes a 72mm filter), where I assume there are similar quality levels of Hoya filter?

And while I am asking, how important do you feel that a lens hoods is for each of these three lenses?


12-31-2004, 04:51 AM
I would go for the Multi-Coated Glass Filter, because a UV filter is mostly just protection for your lens against scratches or other accidents.
And multi-coated is better, because it has less reflection.

Use a the ultra thin filter if you have a wide angle lens below 28mm!

01-01-2005, 05:50 AM
You have very good lenses. So buy th B-W brand of filters and stay with them. They cost more but it's a matter of optics not money.

01-01-2005, 12:51 PM
We are also in the process of filter selection.
A number of good references can be found by google-ing with:
[ hoya b+w ]

In particular, The Filter Connection has a nicely organized page:

Assuming that you will be leaving filters more-or-less permanently attached,
I can confirm that aluminum filter ring threads can sieze,
making removal somewhat traumatic. B+W is about the only
supplier that uses brass instead of aluminum. While multi-coated
filters are optically superior for reflection reduction, these coatings
tend to make fingerprint removal more difficult. B+W's MRC are
reputedly easier to clean than other multi-coateds.
I've had bad experiences with slim (no-front-thread) filters;
some come with slip-on caps that too easily slip off while others
come with no cap, and finding a cap that fits seems doomed.
My wide angle lenses evidenced no vignetting when testing
standard 5mm-thick filters
(perhaps not too surprising with digital cameras
which do not use full 35mm frames) so am able to use standard
Canon lense caps, thankfully.

We have ordered Hoya's Super Pro 1 circular polarizer,
since it is generally considered to be good optically and
the thinnest with a front thread. Using this in front of a (brass)
B+W hopefully avoids siezure issues.