Matching filters to lenses

Discussion in 'Accessories' started by Crabro, Mar 4, 2012.

  1. Crabro

    Crabro New to Mu-43

    Jan 13, 2012
    I am looking for your opinions on my lens / filter combinations.

    Because of circumstances I have three different 46mm UV filters:
    1. B+W MRC F-Pro
    2. Hoya HMC UV(C)
    3. Kenco 'High Quality' Digital UV Filter

    They are to fit the following PL lenses:
    14mm f2.5 Lumix
    25mm f1.4 Leica
    45mm f2.8 Leica

    I know which filter/lens combinations I have and the logic I used to determine them. But these may not be optimum.
    Which combinations would you use, and why?
  2. Hikari

    Hikari Mu-43 All-Pro

    Nov 26, 2010
  3. bryan

    bryan Mu-43 Regular

    Feb 27, 2012
    I use Hoya UV filters on all my lenses, but for protection only.

    Check out DigitalRev's UV filter episode for a different take on UV filters.

    [ame=]UV Filter vs No UV Filter - DigitalRev TV Test - YouTube[/ame]
  4. Crabro

    Crabro New to Mu-43

    Jan 13, 2012
    I am fully aware of the divide between the "use a UV filter" and "don't use a UV filter" camps, and I am also aware of the filter's relative ranking on Lenstip. I also know which filter I will finally put on all my lenses. But that was not the question. I am currently in possession of these filters and I was looking for comments about which filter to mount on which lens.

    I expect people have different opinions of the merits of putting the "best" filter on the "best" or "worst" lens, and I am interested in your views and opinions.

    So I am asking you to accept the vagaries of each filter and place yourself in my position. You are sitting comfortably and lovingly caressing your beauties - which ones would YOU pair up?
  5. Ned

    Ned Mu-43 Legend

    Jul 18, 2010
    Alberta, Canada
    I wouldn't use any of them, but would get some hoods for those lenses instead. :)

    None of those filters you have should be bad though. B+W filters are always good, Hoya is the minimum standard, and while I have never used the "High Quality" Kenko you have, I do use the Kenko Pro-1 filter line which use the same glass as the Hoya Pro-1. They have never dissapointed me, but I don't know about the non-Pro-1 versions.
  6. Hikari

    Hikari Mu-43 All-Pro

    Nov 26, 2010
    Hoya on the 14mm
    B+W on the 25mm
    Kenko on the 45mm

    The wider the lens, the better the filter it will need.
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  7. garfield_cz

    garfield_cz Mu-43 Veteran

    Jul 9, 2011
    Czech Republic
    Real Name:
    Kenko and Hoya are same company. Showed "HOYA PRO1 Digital filter" is sold in my country under Kenko branding. The packaging and name "Kenko PRO1 Digital filter" is same. I also own HOYA HD Polarizer where build and finish is better than mentioned Kenko/Hoya PRO1 Digitals. I can't comment quality improvemets as I am hardly touching its limits during my normal amateur use. I would consider Hoya and Kenco same quality for comparable product lines.