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Perfect UV filter for the new Nikon P7700
on November 10, 2012
Must admit to having been a fan of Hoya's line of HMC multi-coated filters for decades. This happened when I first saw a demonstration of these solid glass filters with their multi-coated surfaces that has been applied to both sides of the glass element many years ago, and never have I been let down by their products over the years. Their claim of over 97% light transmission has been tested and proven many times over the years, and with a good lens, is how a UV filter like this offers additional contrast and true color fidelity.
This Hoya 40.5mm UV HMC Lens Filter is the perfect one for my Nikon P7700 Digital Camera with its Nikkor ED Glass Lens 7.1x optical zoom lens. A camera lens is only as good as its weakest link, which is often the filter itself, and this multi-coated filter is the perfect match for the excellent optical qualities of this lens. The 40.5mm filter size isn't the most common to be found today, but luckily due to a resurgence of smaller, more compact digital cameras for enthusiasts and pros, the offerings are growing.
This filter has a pure matte black metal frame that helps to cut down on additional extraneous light reflections, and is slightly ridged at the front end to aid in removal when needed. Its thin-frame design is excellent for those times when you might want to use a lens shade or 'stack' a circular polarizer on front. It goes without saying that it's also a good lens protector, and that can be quite important if you've ever lost a lens cap in the field. The filter comes packaged in a hinged plastic case with a foam plastic insert to keep the filter surface from being rubbed in transit.
For the Nikon purist, there's also the Nikon 40.5mm Screw-on NC Filter which is available here, and it will certainly protect the front lens element of the P7700 along with those Nikon 1 Digital Camera lenses that have a 40.5mm filter thread. Either the Nikon or the Hoya HMC filter won't affect the color hues (visible light spectrum), and the multi-colored glass of these filters is designed to reduce flare as well. As a long-time user of both the Hoya and Nikon filters, this user can attest to that with thousands of images from over the years.
Weighing all of its qualities, the Hoya 40.5mm UV HMC Lens Filter was the perfect choice for the new Nikon P7700, and with its fast f/2.0 aperture, it's not just good for protection, but also offers excellent speed, optical performance, and dollar performance for the investment. This one is a 5-star product, and highly recommended.