Comparison of B&W Clear UV haze filter as a protector instead of lens cap.

Discussion in 'Sony' started by rpavich, Aug 26, 2013.

  1. rpavich

    rpavich Veteran

    Jul 10, 2013
    I bought a B+W 49mm XS-Pro Clear UV Haze with Multi-Resistant Nano Coating (010M) filter to protect my lens, I decided to forego the lens cap and just use a clear filter and hood ala David Hobby.

    So...since I've never been a "protective filter" on the lens sort of a guy and that I'm a pixel peeper of the worst kind, I thought I'd do a test to see what kind of image degradation happens with the filter on.

    I'm happy to report, that I don't see any that is worth talking about. There is a SLIGHT loss in contrast and a SLIGHT loss in sharpness but you have to crop about 400% and zoom to 2:1 to see it so I didn't get upset about it.

    Here are the crops and for reference the crop size screen shot is below also.

    The filter is 39.00 on Amazon with 2 day free shipping for prime members.



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  2. DigitalPimp

    DigitalPimp Rookie

    Aug 25, 2013
    Great thanks... Have the Sony clear uv filter on mine and was wondering whether or not I'd have loss but I can rest at ease now knowing it's protected and the shots will come out great :)
  3. entropic remnants

    entropic remnants Hall of Famer

    Mar 3, 2013
    John Griggs
    I always use filters. My experience is that except with very wide lenses (where I remove the filter for anything critical) they don't affect my images noticeably.

    Cheaper than a new lens and I can be hard on lenses, lol.
  4. raconteur

    raconteur Rookie

    Aug 12, 2013
    S.E. Wisconsin
    I bought a 49mm Protection Filter by Heliopan, the slim mount one. I bought this one because I really liked the fact that even this slim version is threaded and will accept the lens cap, which I still use.

    It is brass and spins on and off with ease and I see zero difference with it on versus off.