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Bought four with no issues--am I just lucky?
on July 26, 2011
I bought four of these (different sizes, 2x52mm, 1x55m, 1x72mm) as the title says, and find the quality equal to that of ANY manufacturer. Sigma have been around for a LONG time and their products are still made in Japan and still made well. These filters are no exception.
I read the negative reviews before buying these. But I found the positive reviews to be more thoughtfully written and therefore gave them a bit more credence. Still, I was just a bit wary of buying anything but the "best" filters (i.e. B+W MRC or Hoya HMC) for my expensive glass. Now wait a minute. Expensive? When did it make sense that one, single sliver of glass 72mm in diameter should cost nearly as much as a lens? $80? Really?
No. Time to stop the madness. I took these filters out and USED them. Fortunately, I also have a 72mm B+W filter (MRC). I mounted it to a Canon FD 20mm f/2.8. A very sharp, very wide lens prone to ghosts and flares. I shot 8 shots with the B+W filter on a sunny day moving 1/8 turns in a circle. I was standing in a sparse wood with plenty of light and opportunity for flares and ghosts. I recorded my position for each shot. (You may think this a waste of time but I am TIRED of paying so much for *filters*. I want to save my money for *lenses* and *cameras*.
I performed the same tasks with the Sigma lens mounted. How much difference would you guess? Like the question put to Arthur Dent in Hitchhikers Guide to the Galaxy "Do you know how much damage this bulldozer would suffer if I let it just run right over you?"
Answer: None at all.
So go ahead. Buy that B+W. It will do an outstanding job. You will feel special, secure in the knowledge that if anyone looks at your lens they will know that YOU know what a good filter is. They won't be wrong. But some will think "There's a guy who spends more than he should".
Just buy the Sigma. Made in Japan, not China. The coating is excellent, the powder-coated metal ring creates no reflections. It is properly flared to avoid vignetting. I can't think of any good reason to pay double, except to impress the fat old gentleman shooting the Leica and looking smugly and knowingly at your gear.