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B+W XS-Pro Clear UV Haze with Multi-Resistant Nano Coating (010M)

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B+W XS-Pro Clear UV Haze with Multi-Resistant Nano Coating (010M)
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Description:
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

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 nano coating results in lotus effect on water droplet.
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.


Side view of XS-Pro
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.

Product Description
This UV Filter blocks the invisible UV 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.
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Registered: March, 2016
Posts: 340
Review Date: July 24, 2020 I can recommend this item: Yes | Price: $67.00 | Rating: 10 

 
Pros: Does as it is advertised to do!
Cons: Such a good filter that it should cost much more than it does.

The B&W XS-PRO MRC nano 010 UV - Haze is absolutely the best and it does as it is advertised to do. Have one now on every lens I own that takes a filter.
   
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Registered: January, 2014
Location: St Petersburg
Posts: 387
Review Date: March 24, 2014 I can recommend this item: Yes | Price: $100.00 | Rating: 10 

 
Pros: Fit, Finish, IQ, durability
Cons: Price

The gold standard, has been, still is....

Has Schott-based Competitors (Hoya HD, Pro Dig 1, NiSi LR, Bresson, Heliopan, Marumi Top)... All are good some equals....

Still like a B+W in my hand.... B+W, don't get cocky... The others are/ can be peers!
   
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Registered: December, 2012
Location: Burnt Store Marina, Punta Gorda, Fl
Posts: 16

2 users found this helpful
Review Date: February 23, 2014 I can recommend this item: Yes | Price: None indicated | Rating: 10 

 
Pros: Image Quality/ease of cleaning/lens protection
Cons: None

I've read reviews of this and other filters. This is the first time I spent this much money for a haze/uv filter and wondered if I was wasting my money. The answer is a resounding no. It is worth every dime. When I took it out of the shipping container I could see and feel the quality. I took two photos with camera on tripod with the less expensive UV filter and then two photos with the B+W. I could not believe the improvement. Brighter, clearer and better color saturation. I then took two more photos without any filter and found the image to be just as good as with the B+W on. I believe that a quality filter such as this, saves the coating on the front of your lens. You avoid continual cleaning of the front element giving it longer effective life. You owe it to yourself to try one. My plan now is to replace all my UV filters (I have been using protection filters forever) with the B+W nano. Sounds like I'm working for them. Trust me I have nothing to gain except the satisfaction of passing on good advice.
   
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Registered: February, 2013
Location: Wisconsin
Posts: 375

2 users found this helpful
Review Date: February 24, 2013 I can recommend this item: Yes | Price: $51.00 | Rating: 10 

 
Pros: Small, easy to clean, CLEAR, multi coated
Cons: None thus far.

I bought this from Amazon.com for my 18-55mm SMC Pentax-DA 1:3.5-5.6 AL. And frankly it's probably not going to be the last of these that I buy, I am going to get one for every lens I own and ever lens that I ever will own. This thing is fantastic! It's actually clear, which is a problem I've had with other filers that are supposed to be 'UV-Haze' (having a slightly yellow tint). The build quality on these things is amazing, they are incredibly small, but have a slight weight to them for their size. They're made in Germany, and them Germans are always producing amazing optics. This thing is also very easy to clean off, I can touch the front of it, cover it in saliva, this and that to simulate actual field use, and wipe it clean with my tee shirt without leaving behind any smudges or smears. And if you're looking to protect your lens, and preserve IQ this is the way to go.
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