Hoya EVO vs Hoya HD vs B+W MRC?
I am looking for a high-quality UV filter, mainly for protection against scratches, dust, and cleaning marks, which a lens hood would be useless against. For me, I would like the filter to have the following properties, in decreasing order of importance:
- Minimal decrease in sharpness
- Minimal increase in flare
- Low cost
- Easy to clean
- Hard to shatter
I have heard that all three are among the best, and have coatings that are supposed to be flare- and stain-resistant. If you have any of the three, could you comment on how they rate against my criteria?
If cost is a consideration, STAY AWAY from B+W. Love my 72 mm circular polarizing filter, but hesitated for a month because of the cost.
Since you are looking polarizing filters, do you have decent tripod or monopod? The filter will knock you down a few stops.
I am actually looking for a UV filter, not a CPL. I just accidentally broke my Hoya UV(C), so 1) I'm really glad I had a filter on my lens on the first place; 2) I would like a stronger filter this time.
(For CPL, I'm using a cheapo uncoated Hoya Slim, which according to http://camera-filters.biz/pl_filters/color_tone.html has great performance for the price, especially in lack of a color cast. And yes, I do have a tripod.)
Also, speaking of cost, the B+W is actually the cheapest, available for $30. The Hoya HD goes for $35, and the Hoya EVO goes for $55. However, I've seen spectrophotometer tests on the Internet that show Hoya filters tend to outperform B+W in transmittance and reflectance, though the B+W seem to have better build quality. I've never been able to find any tests on reduction of lens sharpness, though, which I am the most concerned about. If you have those filters, could you test the effect of them on sharpness?
$30? No way: 72 mm filter
I you want a filter for protection, I would imagine a 'clear' protective filter such as B+W 007 MRC would be more suitable.
I like B+W. I'm a bit old fashioned and like to see 'Made in Germany' somewhere on my cameras
Here is another you might consider that test have shown is good bang for the buck. It is the Marumi filter brand. give them a look before you decide for certain.