B+W 77mm XS-Pro Clear UV Haze with Multi-Resistant Nano Coating (010M)
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- This filter uses our XS-Pro Digital mount which is especially suited for DSLRs with wide angle and zoom lenses. It has a front thread for additional accessories. All XS-Pro Digital mounts are made of brass and are matte black to prevent reflections.
- MRC nano has an improved outer (8th) layer over regular MRC. The nanotechnology based characteristic (lotus effect) produces a better beading effect with water making the cleaning of this filter even simpler and faster than ever before.
- Manufactured from Water-White Schott Glass
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From the Manufacturer
Protect Your Lens while Reducing UV Exposure
This UV Filter blocks the invisible Ultra Violet component of light from the sky, which can cause blur and to which many color films react with a blue cast. These filters should be called UV-Blocking Filters, because there are filters for technical applications that pass UV radiation and block all the other wavelengths. Nevertheless, the short term “UV Filter” has become established among photographers. UV Filters are ideal for photography in high altitudes (in the mountains), by the sea and in regions with very clean air. The pictures gain brilliance and disturbing blue casts are avoided. Because the glass is colorless, color rendition is not altered, aside from the elimination of the unwanted blue cast, and no increase in exposure is required. That makes a UV Filter very suitable as protection of the front element of the taking lens against dust, flying sand, sea water spray and the like, and it can be kept on the lens at all times. It is recommended for analog color and black-and-white as well as digital photography.
B+W's Superior MRC Coating with Nano Technology
Illustration of lotus effect on water
droplet caused by nano coating.
The nano coating is an outer layer of protection that comes standard with all XS-Pro Digital MRC filters. The nanotechnology based characteristic (lotus effect) produces a better beading effect with water, making the cleaning of this filter even simpler and faster than ever before. MRC nano has an improved outer (8th) layer over regular MRC.
The lens elements of high-quality lenses and the plano surfaces of filters require a perfect shape and smoothness to achieve the best optical quality. Dirt, greasy fingerprints, water marks and scratches reduce the image contrast and the sharpness, which can result in blooming at light sources and have an effect similar to a soft-focus lens. A clean front lens element and clean filter surfaces are therefore an absolute pre-requisite for demanding photographers.
The MRC coating is first and foremost a broadband anti-reflection coating. This means that its reflection-reducing effect, which is thus also a transmission-increasing effect, i.e. one which suppresses scattered light and ghost images and transmits more light, has a broadband action over the full spectrum. In contrast, the (almost always blue) single-layer coating only has a high effect in the medium wavelength range around yellow and yellow-green where the eye is most sensitive to light, while its effect is greatly reduced toward the blue-violet and purple-red end regions of the visible spectrum. With the MRC coating, this blue, violet and red to deep-red light cannot produce any contrast reducing scattered light, spotty reflections or ghost images. A broadband effect can only be achieved with a multilayer coating which requires a much higher effort and precision because unevenness and irregularities of the individual layers build up on one another and amplify one another. Schneider therefore uses a plasma-assisted evaporation coating process in which inert gas ions accelerated in an electrical field compact the material deposited on the lens surface in the vacuum chamber.
For photographers, the main advantage of MRC coating, is it's ability to combat flare and ghosting. An added benefit is that their filters remain free of dirt longer, so that they do not have to be cleaned so often. When cleaning the filter does become necessary, it is a lot easier to wipe off the dirt with a blower brush, because of MRC's ability to repel dirt and moisture. This also reduces the risk of micro-scratches which can occur during cleaning.
Digital Rotating Mount.
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XS-Pro Digital Filter Mount
This filter uses our XS-Pro Digital mount which is especially suited for DSLRs with wide angle and zoom lenses. It has a front thread for additional accessories such as lens caps or hoods. All XS-Pro Digital mounts are made of brass and are matte black to prevent reflections.
Top Customer Reviews
Bottomline: Despite higher cost, I would recommend buying this XS-Pro filter because:
1. It's slightly thinner (so it does not cause vignetting even with my 28mm lens)
2. It's nano coating is useful... it is very easy to clean
3. It allows filter to be on it unlike some ultra thin filters
How I tested it? Sorry to be crude but I put finger prints all over the filter, and some saliva to simulate real time dirt/oily fingers and water. Cleaning the filter with tissue paper or cotton cloth (instead of lens cloth). It took me about 10 seconds to wipe clean the XS-Pro, and took me almost a minute to clean the Non-XS-Pro and still have some murkiness on it. When out in the field, I think this is important.
The negative part is that it has a yellow tint to it. In other words, it is not clear. I was confused with the word "clear" in the title, but I guess I had to pay more attention to the "haze" word as well. I was looking for a color-free filter, and this 010m filter is kind of a yellowish haze. The clear version is coded 007 or 007m. In Schneider website they list it as 007, without M, but in Amazon it is listed as 007M: B+W 72mm XS-Pro Clear with Multi-Resistant Nano Coating (007M).
I once read somewhere that your expensive lens is only as good as the filter you use in front of it. Therefore for highest image quality, you should either get the best quality filter you can afford or use the lens without any filter at all. Going with either version of B+W gives you that kind of image quality.
Before the review I'm just going to say that I'm not going to argue with people about using a filter on a lens and optical quality and all that. We all know putting something in front of a lens is going to diminish image quality in some form or way. However at the same time I'd rather replace a broken filter than a broken lens.
With that out of the way, lets get on with it.
- It's clear (to those whining about yellow tint, check your white balance).
- It's slim.
- It's light.
- It has that "strong/durable" feeling you'd expect from B+W.
- Nano coating makes cleaning easy.
- It's expensive. But to be honest, you already knew that.
As for the "XS-Pro/Nano-Coating" thing. It makes the filter more expensive and to be honest, I would say it's a waste on anything but an upper level lens or if you're doing outdoor/rainy photography (which means you're probably using an upper level lens since they're usually weather sealed). The nano coating literally makes water just slide off. Cleaning/wiping dust off the filters is simple and rain just rolls right off.
Personally I don't mind the extra expense of the XS-Pro version. It is definitely easier to clean than the others and is probably one of those things you'll put on once you get a lens and leave on until it either breaks or you sell it.
I don't want to keep either, but kept the better one since I don't have time to deal with this issue anymore.
So why no five-star rating? Well, once you have this filter on, you can't use a push-on lens hood or a cap of that type. It's either lens hood OR filter, but not both. For example, when I put this filter on my Olympus OM mount 35mm f/2.8, the original rubber lens hood (for 50mm f1.8/1.4 and 35mm f2.8), the wider than usual outer diameter of the filter prevents the push-on hood (with thumb screw type) from mounting. I think the reason B+W makes it that way is because they want to put the filter label toward the front of the filter (where they mount the filter lens, the "frame" if you will call it) rather than on the outside rim of the filter. It does make the label look nice and not scratched up easily like Heliopan's, BUT it creates the problem mentioned above. To make the matter worse, I store my 49mm filters using stacking caps, and you can't see the labels until you remove the filter cap. The same problem will apply, if you used a filter case that fasten onto your belt type. If you have multiple B+W filters, you'd have to guess which one is which.... Not a good way to encourage sales.Read more ›
Most Recent Customer Reviews
I'm a long time B + W fan, exceptional quality and you'll pay for it. Gladly so.Published 10 hours ago by Ross N.
Outstanding quality in construction and lens material. Absolutely no impact on image using extreme enlargements of full frame Nikon D810.Published 3 days ago by jtech
Excellent quality, threads are very precise and glides on smoothly. As always, I am very happy with B+W productsPublished 5 days ago by Devon
This is worth the extra cost compared to the Canon or other cheaper brands. Does not impact quality of photo at all or produce lens flares.Published 9 days ago by FineArtPhotographer