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Hi, guys.

 

Just wondering about everybody's opinion regarding Leica filters.

 

Are they really worth it? How about other brands - Heliopan? Hoya? Others?

 

Thanks.

 

Rosie

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As I understand it, Leica branded filters are made by B&W.

 

The other brands you mention are just as good IMHO. Multicoated filters are best if you use them regularly or for protection.

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Leica filters are made by B+W as the above post stated. the most reassuring brands are of course Leica and B+W, but i have never heard anyone complain about other brand's uv filters. If you can justify for the price of Leica, get it; else, get a B+W or heliopan or rodenstock or any brand you wish.

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I like the Cokin filters, I can use the A system on my R and Bronica, and a couple of other cameras I use, but it's not really suitable for the M.

 

Cokin are releasing some new screw thread filters too.

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I use Cokin mainly on Nikon, but also on the 15mm Heliar, although with such a wide angle I usually use Wratten gelatins rather than the cokin filters. I have had one or two Cokin 52mm screw in filters on Nikon lenses for 20 years plus, they seem no different to Hoya.

 

Gerry

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Just to reinforce what others have said, if you are going to put a filter on an expensive piece of Leica glass, do not do so with a cheeeep inexpensive filter. I will not name names. Think if it as puting cheap tires on your Porsche.

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Good filters are B+W and Heliopan. Furthermore, all filters branded with a camera maker's name are good—Leica, Minolta, Nikon, Pentax, etc ... these don't make their own filters but they put their own names only on the best.

 

Stay away from Tiffen.

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Good filters are B+W and Heliopan. Furthermore, all filters branded with a camera maker's name are good—Leica, Minolta, Nikon, Pentax, etc ... these don't make their own filters but they put their own names only on the best.

 

Stay away from Tiffen.

 

I only have Leica & B+W filters, but what's the problem with Tiffen?

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Use only B+W, Heliopan, or other filters made of brass. The screw-in threads of brass filters have much less propensity for becoming jammed into the threads of a lens. Non-brass filters can very easily become jammed on, and can then be exceedingly difficult to remove from a lens.

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I thought it was Marumi, Leica explicitely denied they bought their UV/IR filters from Hoya. Hoya do supply glass blanks to Leica for some of their lenses though.

Leica's "home"supplier for optical glass and filters is Schott, however.

Edited by jaapv

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Thoughts on Hoya?

Hoya offers filters in several product lines. The cheaper ones are crap. The top line is on par with B+W and Heliopan.

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Except the top-line Hoya filters are not made of brass and can become easily stuck in the threads of a lens and exceedingly difficult to remove. Sometimes, even, extraordinary efforts and special tools are required.

Edited by kcnarf
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Except the top-line Hoya filters are not made of brass and can become easily stuck in the threads of a lens and exceedingly difficult to remove.

As far as I know, the top-line Hoya filters are made of brass—or at least they used to be the last time I checked (years ago). If the current ones really aren't then they are not top-line.

 

The cheaper ones have good glass but aluminum rings which will get stuck easily. The cheapest have plastic rings and poor glass.

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