Reviews and Problems with Hoya Pro1 Digital Protector series
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As good a filter as any.
8 October 2012
Summary: Hoya is an honoured manufacturer of many things photograhic including binoculars. As a child I have been seeing and using Hoya products. I have used this same filter (77mm) on my pro lenses and did not notice much difference in photos with and without the filter. I think the glass coatings are as good as Pentax's legendary SMC (super multi coating) The fit and finish is excellent. Does not attract much dust or fluff which is good thing.
Summary: Everybody familiar with photography knows that filter is a must have. A clear filter (UV or Skylight) is the best protection for the lens, is the shield against dust, scratches, bumps and others. When you clean, you clean the filter, you don't have to touch the front element of the lens and to damage its coating. If it gets scratched, you change it with a mare $5o, you don't have to change a lens worth hundreds of $ (if not more!).
Summary: I am of the old school of photography, retired, an occasional klutz, and value my lenses highly. Therefore, before any of my lenses are allowed out of the house to play, I make every attempt to protect them against the elements (self included). In addition, I had the opportunity to tour the Hoya factory in Japan many years ago and saw the detail and care that they took in creating various filters.
Excerpt: Maybe it is a bit expensive but it replaced a cheaper brand and the sharpness difference is incredible - it turned out to be a good investment. I would never have thought a flat bit of glass could effect sharpness so much.[...
Pros: Clear Optics, Easy To Use, Firm Mount, Strong Construction