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05-22-2012, 07:46 AM   #1
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Quality name brand lens filter

I just bought a FA 77mm lens and it didn't come with a filter.From what I gather there are two kinds of filters, those made of ground glass and those made of precise glass.I stumbled across a page on the internet one day that had the companies that made filters of precise glass filters listed but I can't find it again.Can anyone recommend to me a Quality brand- name lens filter ( Preferably made of precise glass) that I should put on my Fa 77 ? ANY replies would be greatly appreciated !.............. Am not going to use this lens until I get a filter.

05-22-2012, 08:31 AM   #2
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B+W, Hoya & Tiffen seem to be mentioned as the best filters.. in order of best (& $$$) down respectively. Still much debate about filter usage. I'm no pro but I have & use Hoya.
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I have some Marumi filters (UV and circ polarizers) and like them quite a bit - my 77mm polarizer was about $75 IIRC from Amazon.
05-22-2012, 02:45 PM   #4
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As mentioned by jaywes and some less known good quality filters: Rodenstock, Kasemann and from the top lens and camera makers like Zeiss, Leica, Hasselblad...

05-22-2012, 06:12 PM   #5
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Hello Adk X,
+ 1 for the Marumis, they're fine filters. I use my 49mm polarizer all the time, and have a few skylights also. Not cheap, but well worth it!
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Have a look at the technical reviews on
They have one for UV filters and one for CPL.

B&W , Marumi & Hoya were up the top. Tiffen not so much.
Keep in mind there are are a few versions with different coatings etc.
05-23-2012, 11:05 AM   #7
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Lenses wouldn't normally "come with" a filter, since filters are for special purposes and would normally be bought separately. if you are thinking in terms of just generically having a filter of some kind on every lens for "protection", see the dozens of existing threads debating the wisdom of that and then decide if you really want to risk that sort of image degradation for the limited amount of protection that would be provided (especially compared to a hood, which provides at least as much protection and actually helps IQ).

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B+W, hands down. The MRC coatings make it easy to clean and offer high light transitivity, and the quality of the glass and filter ring are superb. They're not as expensive as Heliopan filters and are easier to find.

Except for the DA L 18-55mm (which has a Hoya Pro1 Digital Protector on it), all of my lenses have B+W clear filters on them. The DA 55-300mm and D FA 50mm have B+W F-Pro clear filters on them, and the DA 18-135mm lens has a B+W XS-Pro Digital clear filter on it.


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Used to have filters on every lens, but now I only got filters on one lens, the FA31 (with a B+W XS-Pro Nano filter). All the other lenses I use hoods instead of filters. If I do use filters, I'd chose the best quality ones (B+W MRC, Latest Marumi and Hoya filters and of course Pentax SMC filters if I can find).

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Thank you very much it sounds like Marumi and B+W are what I'll be looking guys are great. I love this Pentax site !

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