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02-25-2013, 12:20 PM   #1
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Tiffen or Hoya filters?

Which is the better ND filter?

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02-25-2013, 01:06 PM   #2
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That is not a simple question. Hoya filters range from upper garbage to excellent - they have so many different qualities of filter. The main things to look for are multicoated, blackened edges, and uniformity of light transmission. They have HMC (multicoated) and Pro1 Digital filters listed on their website as current ND offerings. However, I know that they have offered lower quality filters across their line in other countries and that those are often sold via eBay and other outlets without much information other than they are ND and from Hoya. The take away is be very, very careful and know what you want and be certain that you are ordering that precise item.
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Try B+W filters, Ira Tiffen is Vice President of Motion Picture Filters at Schneideroptics.
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The filters that get the best quality vs. cost ratings in many reviews are Marumi filters. Their Digital High Grade filters are very high quality and typically cost around 1/2 what B+W filters do and are rated as equal in reviews.

Amazon.com: marumi nd dhg

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QuoteOriginally posted by ChuckB28 Quote
Which is the better ND filter?
What stop ND are you looking for?
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Thanks!

Probably one, two and three stops to have them for my kit.
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I don't use Hoya products. I use B+W filters.
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All this [anecdotal] discussion and opinion, yet no reference to this?

Polarizing filters test - Introduction - Lenstip.com

Tiffen PL filters, as was the case when UV filters were tested, are pretty much bottom of the pile.

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QuoteOriginally posted by rawr Quote
All this [anecdotal] discussion and opinion, yet no reference to this?

Polarizing filters test - Introduction - Lenstip.com

Tiffen PL filters, as was the case when UV filters were tested, are pretty much bottom of the pile.
Hardly anecdotal as I was obliquely referencing the same source, just not at my main computer to find the link. Thanks.
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QuoteOriginally posted by lesmore49 Quote
I don't use Hoya products. I use B+W filters.
Just out of curiosity, why no Hoya products? I'm not too happy that I have 3 HMC UV(c)s that appear to be two totally different products (one apparently without multi-coasting, and two with) but overall Hoya products have seemed to be ok.

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QuoteOriginally posted by rawr Quote
All this [anecdotal] discussion and opinion, yet no reference to this?

Polarizing filters test - Introduction - Lenstip.com

Tiffen PL filters, as was the case when UV filters were tested, are pretty much bottom of the pile.
In fairness Tiffen has multiple filter product lines, and I don't believe the higher-priced variety were tested. I have some Tiffen and some Hoya and some "other" filters, and will say that Tiffen provided me with very good customer service when I needed a spacer for my 77mm (to keep it from bumping the front lens element.)

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QuoteOriginally posted by tibbitts Quote
but overall Hoya products have seemed to be ok
The Hoya NDX400 ND Filter is tough to beat - one of the best ND filters on the market (not only IMO, but across the net seems to share the same consensus). Here is a pretty good video review of it -> Hoya ND X400 9 Stop ND Filter Review : Crooked Imaging Blog

Honestly, I don't think I could live without this thing...
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I'll do either one, but prefer Hoya.
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QuoteOriginally posted by tibbitts Quote
Just out of curiosity, why no Hoya products? I'm not too happy that I have 3 HMC UV(c)s that appear to be two totally different products (one apparently without multi-coasting, and two with) but overall Hoya products have seemed to be ok.

Paul
I use B+W and have been very satisfied with this product . I don't know if they make a better product than Hoya.

I don't have filters on all my lenses but I do on most. I want to be as sure as I can that I'm putting excellent filter glass in front of my expensive Pentax lenses....for example my 12-24.

I'm not saying Hoya is not an excellent product.

I don't know.

But I do know that B+W is an excellent product from a number of years experience.
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A few brief questions to narrow th answers...

What size filter?

Prefering round or even square filters?
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