Was it wise to purchase a used MRC filter from a reputable online camera store?

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Mrs H
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Was it wise to purchase a used MRC filter from a reputable online camera store?
Jun 29, 2013

I have been lurking here for years and now have a question that I can’t find an answer to, so I’ve registered to ask. I hope this is an OK place to put this question.

We are finally moving up to B+W MRC filters after a lot of study and agonizing.

For our first filter purchase (B+W 72mm UV Haze MCR (2C) 010M 66-070243) I found one Used at Adorama. I spoke to the sales rep about the condition since it is marked condition E (see below). The agent said “the glass is flawless” Needless to say, it’s not. There is a small approximately .635 cm (¼ inch) scratch in the coating (I’m not sure if it is actually in the glass itself) starting near the rim and going out toward the centre.

I got a good deal on the price, better than what they show online for this used filter in this listed condition.

We travel with three of the same bridge cameras, with a 28-420mm Schneider Kreuznach lens, and ultimately want at least 3 of these filters. (We go to dusty, windy, poluted, smokey, hot, humid areas where a filter is necessary for protection. I have read ad infinitum discussions about whether or not to use a filter and this is not the question I am asking.)

What to do? Keep it? Return it (and have to pay return shipping)? Exchange it - for a different used one or a new?

I have read these links which I found on other threads: if a scratched filter gives the same results as a scratched lens, then perhaps there really should be little to worry about.

http://www.lensrentals.com/blog/2008/10/front-element-scratches


http://kurtmunger.com/dirty_lens_articleid35.html


http://www.digital-photo-secrets.com/tip/1095/does-a-lens-scratch-really-impact-your-photos/

You folks are the experts - what do you think?

Cameras & Photo Gear (Condition E)
May show signs of light wear and/or usage. LCD may have very slight blemishes.
Lenses:

Barrel may show signs of light wear and/or usage. Lens glass is very clean.*
*Used Lens Glass Disclaimer - Lenses, even when brand new from the factory, may have a slight amount of dust visible between the lens elements. This is an unavoidable result of the manufacturing process and will not affect image quality or resolution.

Thanks,

Mrs H

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