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Cokin Pure Harmonie UV Filter Review

Discussion in 'Accessories' started by beanedsprout, Jul 11, 2013.

  1. beanedsprout

    beanedsprout Mu-43 Veteran

    429
    Apr 13, 2013
    north central Ohio
    Ish. Not too great with reviews but I'll give it a shot.

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    First off, it's expensive. I'm assuming mostly because of the weight of the brand name and the price of French labor, plus all the fancy packaging. I think it cost me right around $40.
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    Second, it's TINY! Super thin. Picked it up for my PL 25 because I wanted quality glass to go in front of my quality glass. 3.3mm, the comparison shot is next to a US nickle.
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    But anyway, who cares about all that. Performance!

    It's super thin but still manages to have threads on the outside to attach a lens cap or stack more filters, which is great. Granted it's so thin that the factory lens cap for my PL25 barely stays on but it manages. Thankfully if it falls off and I lose it, I still have the UV filter to protect the glass.

    However, the glare and flare reduction is pretty poor. My Sigma MC UV filter blows it out of the water, especially for 1/3rd the price.
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    It actually seems to out perform not having a filter on at all (which is weird because on the LCD the non-filtered picture has zero green reflection and the Sigma has a faint glow in the same spot). I can't get the Sigma reflection to show up so maybe that filter is really that amazing. And no, I'm sure I didn't switch them out, I shot them in that order.

    So there you have it. If you want a nice multi-coated UV filter, buy a Sigma.:2thumbs:
     
  2. Chrisnmn

    Chrisnmn Mu-43 All-Pro

    Apr 26, 2012
    Auckland, New Zealand
    Chris
    wow. havent seen any problems of glare like that on my lenses. and i own the Cokin. which im loving!
     
  3. peteygas

    peteygas Mu-43 Rookie

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    Nov 21, 2011
    sedona arizona
    there is a very extensive filter review on line . B+W is on top , and Murumi a close second at major savings. After I saw this review a couple of years ago I only buy Murumi. A bad filter is much worse than no filter
     
  4. Microman

    Microman Mu-43 Regular

    36
    Jan 16, 2012
    This test seems flawed to me. Strange results. I've never had any problems with the Cokin Harmonie UV filters.
     
  5. Cruzan80

    Cruzan80 Mu-43 All-Pro

    Aug 23, 2012
    Denver, Co
    Sean Rastsmith
  6. tyrphoto

    tyrphoto Mu-43 All-Pro

    May 25, 2014
    Seoul | NYC
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    I use B+W. No drama, no issues.
     
  7. beameup

    beameup Mu-43 Regular

    104
    Oct 23, 2013
    I think it has as much to do with the quality of the (multi) coating as the quality of the glass.