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Two little ghosts for every light source,
This review is from: Tiffen 77mm UV Protection Filter (Electronics)
Any photographer who has the money to purchase a lens with a professional 77mm filter size can afford better than this uncoated Tiffen filter. I'm skeptical by nature, so I wanted to see for myself whether coated glass was really necessary. I purchased this Tiffen filter and used it on two different lenses and found that in almost every single photograph in which there was a light source, I found two smaller ghost images of the light source elsewhere in the photo. This uncoated glass really knows how to make lens flare POP (even if it's not the lens that's flaring...)! I sent mine back, with the biggest loss being my time and Christmas photographs of family that would have otherwise been very nice.
What made the two little ghosts appear on the Tiffen? Light as faint as Christmas tree lights, table lamps, incandescent overhead bulbs, etc. You name it, basically.
How do I know this was due to the UV filter and not my lenses? When I saw some pretty nasty flare, I just unscrewed the Tiffen filter and voila, my flare disappeared.
Le flare est morte. Vive le flare!
Seriously, spend just a bit more and get a good, coated (on both sides) filter; picky people like myself will gladly spend a little more and get a coated filter by Hoya or B+W, among others. The Tiffen is fine if you only shoot in the shade without any relatively bright lights; otherwise, my advice is to look elsewhere.
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Initial post: Mar 30, 2010 5:49:33 PM PDT
There are legitimate uses for non-coated protection filters, and most of the better brands make both types. I am disappointed that Amazon insists on recommending this versus the more usable coated version without a warning. This is not a Tiffen vs other brands issue. It is suitability issue, and for most situations, coated is better. But even though I am posting this a year after, I gotta ask, for the benefit of anyone else reading this who can benefit, why you would choose this particular occasion to run what you describe as an experiment? The result was "with the biggest loss being my time and Christmas photographs of family that would have otherwise been very nice." That's a high price to pay for finding out the truth about a $10 or so item. Non coated protection lenses have their uses, but in an atmosphere like Amazon recommended accessories, they should always have the coated version. For the record, I have both types, but almost always, almost without exception, use the coated version for my uses.
In reply to an earlier post on Jun 24, 2010 2:45:24 PM PDT
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Posted on Mar 4, 2011 10:41:52 AM PST
C. Plunkett says:
I'm curious, while I'm sure there could be implications to using a non-coated UV filter in other situations, in the example of holiday photos with table lamps and overhead lights, why are you even using a UV filter?
Posted on Dec 11, 2011 6:19:10 PM PST
Soltan Gris says:
I thank you for the review and saving my precious time. I will probably go with the coated filter.
In reply to an earlier post on Mar 9, 2013 6:20:09 PM PST
M. Schmelzer says:
My #1 obvious reason for using a UV filter is to protect my $$$ lens. If anything hits or scratches the end of my lens, I would rather replace a $10-$20 filter than a lens.
In reply to an earlier post on Apr 4, 2013 6:40:13 AM PDT
M. Schoenfeld says:
I was about to just throw this in my cart. I want to protect the expensive lens.
But I don't want to ruin my shots. Thanks for the warning. I'll look for something better, even though Amazon shows me this one as a recommended item.
Posted on Oct 16, 2013 5:20:04 AM PDT
Clarke G. Isackson says:
At first I thought this filter would be a good protective sheet for my lenses. Thanks for this review, as I will go to the coated version. I even had no idea this was not coated, so thanks for the red flare!!
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