Hoya EVO vs Hoya HD vs B+W MRC?

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Tony_J Junior Member • Posts: 38
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:

  1. Minimal decrease in sharpness
  2. Minimal increase in flare
  3. Low cost
  4. Easy to clean
  5. 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?

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nkistrup
nkistrup Senior Member • Posts: 1,837
Re: Hoya EVO vs Hoya HD vs B+W MRC?

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.

Niels

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Tony_J OP Junior Member • Posts: 38
Re: Hoya EVO vs Hoya HD vs B+W MRC?

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?

nkistrup
nkistrup Senior Member • Posts: 1,837
Re: Hoya EVO vs Hoya HD vs B+W MRC?

$30?  No way: 72 mm filter

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Tony_J OP Junior Member • Posts: 38
Re: Hoya EVO vs Hoya HD vs B+W MRC?

Sorry, I forgot to mention I have a 52mm filter thread.

Kuppenbender
Kuppenbender Senior Member • Posts: 2,046
Why UV?

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 camerasĀ 

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Phillip Tornero Contributing Member • Posts: 601
Re: Why UV?

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.

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