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3.0 out of 5 stars Far from perfect, December 5, 2005
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This review is from: Tiffen 52mm UV Protection Filter (Camera)
I bought this filter for my Canon 50mm f/1.8 II Camera Lens. The price was right, and I thought it would be a good way to protect the lens, which this probably does well. And while I am shooting under normal lighting conditions (flash or natural) the filter stays out of the way, but as soon as the lights go down this filter will ruin more photos than I can bear, due to an abundance reflective artifacts. If you take a photo of Christmas lights for example you will see the lights again in a faint green glow on the opposite side of the photo... VERY ANNOYING.
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Initial post: Sep 16, 2008 3:28:42 PM PDT
Ella says:
I noticed a green glow with the same exact lens. Is this a lens defect or filter issue?

Posted on Nov 7, 2008 7:24:55 AM PST
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In reply to an earlier post on Nov 20, 2008 12:49:12 PM PST
Last edited by the author on Nov 20, 2008 12:53:00 PM PST
an1337 says:
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Posted on Nov 23, 2008 12:43:05 PM PST
Amer says:
Looks like reviews here are for all different types of filters. Its very confusing to figure out which review is for which one.

Posted on Dec 22, 2008 4:35:29 PM PST
Buddy2001 says:
Before you bought the filter you should have done research about the filter. A UV filter is the one you want to leave on your lens to protect it. Next time take off the polarizing filter before you take pictures of say christmas lights.

In reply to an earlier post on Dec 22, 2008 4:37:15 PM PST
Buddy2001 says:
You used the wrong filter. Polarizer filters are not for protecting the lens. You should of taken the filter off before you took pictures of like christmas tree lights. The UV filter is the one you leave on for protection.

In reply to an earlier post on Mar 28, 2009 2:38:03 PM PDT
Kiyo M. says:
Yeah, Amazon really shouldn't be grouping all the reviews for different filters together.

Posted on Jun 18, 2009 9:16:30 AM PDT
apo2knight says:
The Canon 50mm f/1.8 II is a 52mm-size diameter lens. You are probably talking about the f/1.4 lens which does use the 58mm size.

Posted on Sep 17, 2009 11:14:14 PM PDT
Last edited by the author on Sep 17, 2009 11:14:47 PM PDT
Paul Hovda says:
I experienced the same effect. Try taking pix of a small light both with and without the filter. But I have the same effect with a HOYA multi-coated, which costs 5x as much.

Posted on Sep 18, 2009 6:21:31 AM PDT
Just to clarify, the filter was a Tiffen 52mm UV Protection Filter. I understand that sometimes reviews end up on similar products that are different (such as a CPL). I have gotten some multi-coated UV filters for my more expensive ultra-wide zoom and telephoto lenses for protection and the effect is a lot rarer and harder to reproduce and not so green. But for my fast primes and 2.8 portrait zoom, that I'm likely to use in low light, I still go without.

The price of these is great if your looking at basic (but compromising) protection or some DIY project that you need the filter threads, but it's too hard to get these (and most filters) on and off quickly to use them as a lens cap as some may imply is needed for the best of both worlds.
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