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Great filter, quality, slim and no colour casting. Bad coating???? read on....
on 29 April 2013
I have seen reviews in various places and so wanted to purchase this filter. I then read a few reviews on amazon one which said that he got a drop of water on the lense, wiped it careflly with a soft cloth and the coating came off and he was massively disappointed and annoyed, as you'd expect. I wanted the filter to take shots around water i.e the sea, streams and river etc and found this review a concern but decided to risk it as the other reviews i'd read on the filter were so good.
So I receive my filter, take it on holiday go to the beach and take shots on the sea. I put the filter in my pocket whilst I was messing around setting up my shot, took the filter out and realised I had touched the filter glass and its had left a silvery fingerprint mark. I wiped it extremely carefully with a dry soft cloth and its just smudged making it worse. It looks like the coating has indeed come off. I was gutted! I carried on regardless as I was away and what could I do? At the end of the day I noticed spots have formed on my pictures from the spray of the sea on the filter and they had gone all silvery looking too, like the finger mark. I thought well, the filter is knackered now anyway so I got my cloth out and gave it a good rub, the thing looked horrendous, breathed on it a few times, kept rubbing and it turned back to gloss black and it was as good as new! Whenever you touch it or get a mark on it it really does look like the coating has come off, not just like its got a mark on it. The next day I went out again, placed the filter on my bag, my big nosey dog came along and put her wet 'sea nose' right on the glass. This time it really did look bad! I didn't have my cloth but i had a par or woolly gloves in my pocket, so a quick rub a few more breaths and a bit more rubbing and again, good as new.
Dont let the other reviews put you off in regard to the filter becoming damaged by rubbing with a cloth. It says dont use cleaning fluids on the packaging which I definitely wouldn't do on this filter but soft cloths are good no matter what kind of mark is on your filter. I hope the other guy didn't through his filter away! ;)
As for the filter itself, it doesn't change the colour of your shots at all. Some I have seen give a really blue tinge to the pictures. This one doesn't. I have it attached to my Canon 50D with a Hoya UV filter as well and still no vignetting is seen. Cant fault it. Its a great filter and worth every penny.....phew!
Hope this helps.