Hoya 77mm DMC Pro1 Digital Multi-coated UV Filter
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- DMC: Digital Multi-Coated Filter. Greatly reduces the appearance of lens flare and ghosting caused by reflections
- BAF: Black Almite Frame. a black matte aluminum satin finish almite frame which reduces reflections
- BRG: Black Rimmed Glass. reduces the chance of light reflecting off the edge
- LPF: Low Profile Frame. Ultra Thin Frames to help avoid vignetting on super wide angle lenses. These frames are do hold a lens cap
- KEF: Knurling Edge Frame. These filters are equipped with a straight knurling edge for non-slip, easy attachement and removal
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|Item Dimensions||0.39 x 0.39 x 0.39 inches|
|Photo Filter Thread Size||77 mm|
|Shipping Weight||0.02 pounds|
Top Customer Reviews
Conventional wisdom says don't hamper your expensive lenses with a cheap filter - so you want to avoid the el cheapos out there. But how good is "good enough"?
For my uses, I have been using the higher end Hoya filters - like the DMC and SMC versions - and have not been disappointed at all. I have two of this particular filter; one lives full time on my Canon 24-105 f/4L and the other lives on my Canon 10-22 f/3.5-4.5. Not a problem with either of them so far. I have also owned Tiffen (a little bit cheaper - but more flare), and B+W (more expensive, equal performance to the Hoya IMHO).
And I should mention that I use the 24-105mm as my walkabout lens and I like to be ready to shoot, so I rarely use a lens cap. I regard this Hoya filter as my "see-through lens cap", and it does its job (protecting the lens itself) admirably, without a lot of flare or optical distortion (at least to my eyes). So far it has cleaned up easily and proven quite durable, as I tend to travel a lot and shoot in semi-harsh conditions.
I am sure that eventually I'll have to replace my UV filter after the inevitable accident or incident. And when the time comes, it'll be another Hoya filter, just like this one.
I read a lab test on a large number of el-cheap and very expensive (the full range) of UV filters that were analyzed using a Hatachi "State of the Art" spectrometer. This device is design to determine how much light of various wavelengts are being filtered and how much is being let through. I was SHOCKED and dismayed by the number of high end filter that didn't even measure up to the UV light filtering capabilites of plain old glass (glass is a good UV filter by itself!). They also tested how much the filter stops down your lens (reducing incoming light) and though this one didn't fare as well as a high end unit (that produced no UV filtering) it is still very very good.
The Hoya multi coated filters beat out ALL other in the UV tests. I bought the PRO1 filter because it is slightly lower profile and won't contribute to vignetting on my wide angle lens. The ring is metal... aluminum I think. It is also blackened to prevent reflections. Hope this helps someone... Google, "Filter Review Hatachi Spectrometer" to find and read the study yourself. Apparently some of these highly regarded companies are sitting on their laurels and not putting forth quality products anymore. Leave your mind open to Science... not to hype, recommendation (people tend to recommend their own bad purchases), and reputation. Thanks.
UPDATE 2/24/10 This filter is still on my EF 24-105 f4 L and I just bought another one to keep on my EF 17-40 f4 L. Usually if anything messy gets thrown my way it lands on this filter instead of my front lens element and I can use my lens cleaner on it instead of the actual lens. Once in awhile a stray piece of dust will get past the threads (how I have no idea), but I'd rather use a bulb blower on the actual lens than wipe it any day. The price of this filter is worth the peace of mind you get.
Most Recent Customer Reviews
I always use a filter to protect my lens. This one just saved me 3,000 when camera fell!Published 10 days ago by Dr. Neil S. Kaye
Great filter....very thin and light. I like that added protection on the front of the lens as well.Published 9 months ago by David C