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Filter choice

I'd put money on it but I can't find an answer using the search facility.

Is it snobbery to go for B+W, of are the cheaper Hoya just as good?

(I don't normally worry unduly going au natural, but just ordered a GM5 with P15 f1.7 which I intend putting in my pocket, so thought a filter would be wise.)
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Re: Filter choice

I would go for the higher-end of the Hoyas, such as the Pro-D. On a par with B&W, IMO.
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Re: Filter choice

I would steer clear of cheap low-end Chinese filters, but the Hoya filters are fine. Having said that, I bought a couple of 10-stop NDs recently - one a Haida and other a Zomei. Both are very good - no complaints and a lot cheaper than B+W. There's a little colour cast, but that's hard to avoid on big-stop NDs and it's totally correctable in LR.
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Re: Filter choice

I use the Hoya Pro Digital on all my lenses (except the 14-42mm EZ as it has the auto lens cap which can't be used with a filter).
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Re: Filter choice

Ken Rockwell likes Hoya filters:

Polarizer review @ http://www.kenrockwell.com/hoya/hd-filters.htm

UV filter review @ http://www.kenrockwell.com/hoya/filters.htm
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Re: Filter choice

Hey, if they're good enough for Ken, I'm in.
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Re: Filter choice

I have a hoya red filter and it is very good. Never had problems with it.
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Re: Filter choice

I've used a few Rollei (Japan), Hoya & BW Filters on my lenses,.

The BW XS Pro Digital range is noticably clearer when on the lens and is thinner and lighter than other brass rings - to the extent you cannot see the reflection of the filter when it is attached. Gunk is also easier to wipe off without leaving residue compared to the Hoya & the usual BW thicker filters. Note that some hoods at least on rangefinder lenses may foul if it sits even slightly proud of the lens diameter.

I've never actually seen a difference through the viewfinder on either of them except when shooting into direct sunlight or orby type street lamps. perhaps if you zoom 100% there may be a difference. I use Hoya on my Oly 12-40mm and the BW XF on my Leica 35mm. It seems silly to invest a large percentage of a lens cost on a filter, so for me there was a dollar value i wouldnt cross comparative to the cost of the lens.

I take the filter off the Leica when i'm going to be shooting near spotlights or similar as all the filters have a chance of reflecting the light internally on the lens causing some little blob shadows to appear -excuse the lack of a technical description!

I keep the Hoya on all the time on the 12-40- It's been in the pool & sea with me and besides condensation between that and the lens, has worked fantastically when sprayed with all sorts.. PS. The weather proofing really is awesome on the EM-1 with that lens!!
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Re: Filter choice

Another for Hoya.

Used them for a very long time. Broken a few as well, but the front element has always been saved.
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Re: Filter choice

Buy the most expensive filter and the cheapest filter you can find. Put the expensive filter on the lens then put the cheap one on to protect the expensive one.
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Re: Filter choice

Yep, The front element typically isn't anywhere near as large as thediameter of the filter on M4/3 so you could follow Davids useful advice and stack filters without any vignetting! ;-)

Lots of opinions, although you probably made your choice a while back by now.

Best of luck finding the right solution for your needs.
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Re: Filter choice

Avoid cheap Hoya filters but the Pro ones are very good. If you can find Marumi they are excellent quality and sensibly priced. Some time ago there was a comparative test of filters on the Lenstip website which may be of interest if you give it a Google.

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Re: Filter choice

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Yep, The front element typically isn't anywhere near as large as thediameter of the filter on M4/3 so you could follow Davids useful advice and stack filters without any vignetting! ;-)

Lots of opinions, although you probably made your choice a while back by now.

Best of luck finding the right solution for your needs.
Yes thanks, I purchased a B+W XS pro back in March.
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