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07-21-2012, 03:08 AM   #1
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Which 62mm UV Filter For My 18-250?

Finally got hold of a Tamron 18-250 and I want to buy a 62mm UV filter. For those folks that might have this lens {or the Pentax branded version}, which filter are you using/recommend?
note: I'm one of those that use a UV filter on all lenses, not looking to debate that.
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07-21-2012, 05:37 AM   #2
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I like Marumi filters for their combination of quality and price. I have their 62 DHG CPL and its gotten great reviews.

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B+W with MRC, all my filters are like that.

ps. often it's advised not to put filters on lenses with more then 10 elements because of the reduced internal flare resistance, the 18-250 has 16 elements so try out if it likes taking UV filters

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07-21-2012, 09:04 AM   #4
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Some versions of the Sunpaks (the ones with "DF" part numbers and marketed as Picture Plus and packed in a box) aren't that bad. That's what I have.
They're supposedly made by Marumi: Sunpak Multi Coated Digital Camera Filters
Avoid the blister packed versions ("CF" part number) available at chain-stores..They're worthless!

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Now I'm considering a circular polarizing filter instead. I came across another thread that mentions using a Hoya Pro1 Circular Polarizing filter. That might be a better route than the UV. I plan to use the lens as a general walk-around mostly outdoors at daytime.
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QuoteOriginally posted by seachunk2 Quote
Now I'm considering a circular polarizing filter instead. I came across another thread that mentions using a Hoya Pro1 Circular Polarizing filter. That might be a better route than the UV. I plan to use the lens as a general walk-around mostly outdoors at daytime.
There is a lot of variance in the quality of CPL filters, even within the same brand. Hoya has more variability than most filter makers with some excellent offerings and some pretty bad ones too. I recommend the following article:
Polarizing filters test - Introduction - Lenstip.com
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This is the only data-based discussion of UV filters I've seen:

UV filters test - Description of the results and summary - Lenstip.com

It's sister article to the PL filter tests above. You'll see that the best value in PL filters is not the same brand as the best value in UV filters. Also, price does not necessrily reflect optical quality.

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I would not use a PL full time. The loss of light would hurt too often. Also, PL filters are not necessary to saturate colors and darken skies. That can be done in post production with much more precision. Use a PL when you need to remove reflections.

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