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    Time for some new filters - Tiffen, Hoya or B+W?

    I smashed my only decent Red filter this morning, so its time to get some new ones. Its probably also time to get a range of colours, as just using Red is probably a bit limiting.

    Anyhow, since i prefer glass screw on's (as opposed to Cokin/Lee type square filters), I would like to know if anyone should suggest steering away from any of the three brands - Tiffen, Hoya or B+W.

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    I've always been happy with B+W and Rodenstock and I also have a few from Heliopan. They are all similar and made from the same Schott glass. I don't know as much about Tiffen filters except I think they are made differently. I do know that Tiffen filters are alot cheaper than the german companies, which is nice. Tiffen is big in the motion picture filter industry and one of the best photographic craftsmen on earth, John Sexton, uses them for his photography. So they must be pretty good.

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    B&W with HRC coating. No use having a coated lens if you stick an uncoated piece of glass in front of it.
    Last edited by phaedrus; 01-21-2011 at 10:39 PM. Click to view previous post history. Reason: typo

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    I use B+W MRC filters for the most part while shooting still. I've used Tiffen square filters when shooting 16mm motion and didn't have a problem with them.

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    IMO Hoya HMC filters are the best over all balance of quality and cost. I doubt one could tell the difference in results between them and B+W filters.
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    Kodak Wratten Gelatins. Ive never enjoyed a wider range of filters at such a high quality. They store easy, and can be found around for just a dollar or two. Not as easy as screw filters, but the benefits outweigh that con.

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    I highly recommend the B&W filters. They're the only ones I use. If you pay for quality lenses, put quality filters in front of them.

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    The quality of the filter rings and threads on the couple of B&W filters I have makes them stand out. As far as the glass and coatings are concerned, I've never been able to tell the difference between the three.
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    Thanks for your input guys. Unfortunately B+W filters are hideously expensive here (just like everything else. A medium red, 67mm is around $90). I now need to weigh up whether it is worth the extra expense or not.

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    Quote Originally Posted by hoffy View Post
    Thanks for your input guys. Unfortunately B+W filters are hideously expensive here (just like everything else. A medium red, 67mm is around $90). I now need to weigh up whether it is worth the extra expense or not.
    I shoot lenses with small filter sizes (39mm and 46mm) so most of the filters I use are a good deal cheaper than in larger sizes. Thus the premium for a B+W isn't that bad. In fact, I just looked, and Tiffen or Hoya don't even a full line up at some of those sizes. I'm sure that influenced my decisions.

    You can also buy them used. A lot of color filters for B&W film go for cheap since the digi guys don't use them anymore.

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