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on 11 March 2009
Ultra violet filters are probably one of the least glamorous and most mundane photographic accessories around, yet they are an essential part of of your system, and practically all photographers fit them to the front of their lenses and leave them there.

So who makes them?, what are they?, what do they do? and why would you want one? I will try and answer these questions below.

Firstly who makes them?.......

There are several companies that make filters for camera lenses, but Hoya, "the subject of this review", are one of the biggest and well known brands of filter around.

Hoya was founded in Japan in 1941 and have their headquarters in Shinjuku, Tokyo, they manufacture optical products ranging from laser equipment and photographic equipment to contact lenses, and they are one of the world's leading manufacturers of photographic filters.

In 2007 they announced that they were to merge with the well known Japanese camera manufacturer Pentax, in 2008 they announced that they would keep the Pentax name for their camera and lens division.

What are they?.......

Quite simply, they are a flat and optically correct glass filter in a metal mount, that can be screwed to the front of your lens, they have a large veriety of uses and come in many colours for use in special effects and colour corrections, including the UV correction filters discussed here.

What do they do?......

The ultra violet rays that are produced by the sun, strike tiny dust particles and water vapour in our atmosphere and are scattered about causing that bluish haze that you can see, especially on warm sunny days, these filters are designed to filter out these UV rays eliminating this bluish haze, making distant subjects clearer and more distinct on your photos with better colour saturation.

Why would you want one?.......

Apart from the benefits above, they also provide another essential function, that is to protect the most vulnerable part of your lens, "the front element" as they can be left permenantly attached to your lens, so if you scratch or break the front of your lens, it is the filter that you damage, not your lens, and it is far cheaper to replace a filter, than it is to replace a lens that can cost hundreds or even thousands of pounds.

In conclusion......

These filters are relatively cheap to buy, they will improve your picture quality, and they can save you a lot of money in damaged lenses.

Hoya filters are world renowned for their quality and value, So if you have not got one of these filters fitted to the front of all your lenses, then go ahead and get some, you will never regret it, and in the case of damage you'll be really glad that you did.

They are availlable in a wide veriety of sizes and will fit almost any lens on the market, and you can fit them and forget them.

All my lenses have got one of these filters fitted as a matter of course, it makes sense to have them.

Highly recommended.

Please note, most compact cameras do not have a screw mount, for attaching filters, these filters are mainly intended to be used on SLR/DSLR lenses, and some bridge type cameras that are designed to accept filters and other lens accessories.

This review can also be seen on Ciao! under the name of Markh5682
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on 31 October 2008
There is not really much to say about this filter - it does exactly what it says on the tin. Outdoor pictures can be more precise because the hazing caused by scattered UV light is filtered out. Note that most digital SLR cameras already filter out UV light prior to it reaching the sensor. The filter is coated only once on each side so expect some flaring or aberration.
This filter is cheap and specific enough to be left on permanently as a protector for your valuable front lens, if you feel that's necessary. It's double-threaded, so you can screw another filter or lens accessory onto the front of it once it is mounted. The filter has a reasonably low profile and will not interfere with most lens hoods, but vignetting may occur on very wide angle lenses, especially when using a full frame camera.
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on 18 April 2009
This Hoya fits my Canon perfectly & does an excellent job. Landscape photographs are noticably sharper. Order was processed by Cameraking UK and product arrived well inside the delivery window.
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on 10 January 2012
I have recently purchased and used a Hoya 58mm UV filter. I'm pleased to say it is a vast improvement on those supplied to me by "Jollops" and other suppliers, as it has anti-reflection coatings on both the front and rear surfaces. These coatings enhance light transmission and at the same time greatly reduce internal reflections, making image 'ghosts' far less likely in high-contrast situations.
It is important to use clean micro-fibre cloths when cleaning coated lenses and filters to remove any greasy smears, but the use of a puffer and camel-hair brush is advised beforehand to remove any gritty particles.
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VINE VOICEon 23 August 2009
I got this for my Fuji 9600 2 years ago after reading up that this was a must for decent photos.

This is one of the best investments I made for my camera as in bright sunny conditions white clouds now "pop out" of the sky against wonderfully deep blue skies.

All of a sudden my shots take on an aura of having been done by someone far more skilled than me and I love the reactions of my friends and family when they view photos taken with this on.

As with the other hoya filters I've bought the build quality is top notch and after 2 years there is no sign of obvious wear and tear although being a UV filter it stays on the camera pretty much all the time, but hence it gets the other filters attached onto it so still gets some stress.

An excellent purchase at the price.
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on 29 January 2009
I bought this as an add-on to protect my new Canon lens, and it is 'just the job'.Being a UV filter, you really don't know you have it on, so it's just the thing to keep the forward glass fully protected. Definitely worth it for the price.
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on 21 June 2011
This Hoya 58mm UV filter fits the kit lens supplied with my Canon EOS 600D perfectly, with no noticeable deterioration in image quality. The black rim around the edge is made of plastic though, not metal like another review claimed. Product is supplied sealed in a small but tough plastic case that's only just bigger than the filter itself so it will fit through a reasonably sized letterbox easily.
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on 11 December 2011
Filter does not appear to affect image or colour quality, have not had an opportunity to check its UV effect but I assume it would be effective, certainly worth buying to protect the lens.
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on 13 November 2011
I have this filter attached to my 55-250 zoom lens but apart from protecting the lens I'm not convinced it doesn't take away some of the crispness of my photos. Most of my photography is domestic shots of children at play (I'm a parent) so I may not be getting the benefit that others might be getting when taking landscape photos involving water.
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on 14 June 2010
Nice Delivery, Filter comes in a protective Case. Exact Fit to my Canon EOS 500D. No need of Extra Fittings to support this Filter. The Picture Colour Quality is Better than previous. Protects lens from UV-Radiation. I Strongly recommend this Filter to all 58mm lens users. Cheap and Best.
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