Best Filters?

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I recently bought 18-200 from Don at FM. And while lens is on the way, I am wondering which would be best UV and polarise filter for it?


PS: I am not sure if this Q should be in this forum. if not please move it to right forum ;)
 
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I recently bought 18-200 from Don at FM. And while lens is on the way, I am wondering which would be best UV and polarise filter for it?


PS: I am not sure if this Q should be in this forum. if not please move it to right forum ;)
Sagar...

I use a 72-77mm step up ring and a 77mm Hoya Super HMC on the 18-200. The wider filter prevents vignetting and the 77mm filter size is useful for other Pro glass like the 24-70, 70-200, 85 1.4 etc....

You can just buy one 77mm Polarizer and use it as needed on the different lenses.
 
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Sagar...

I use a 72-77mm step up ring and a 77mm Hoya Super HMC on the 18-200. The wider filter prevents vignetting and the 77mm filter size is useful for other Pro glass like the 24-70, 70-200, 85 1.4 etc....

You can just buy one 77mm Polarizer and use it as needed on the different lenses.
Agreed. I only have 77mm filters. Every smaller lens has a step up ring. Rings run $5-15; filters (good ones) are $100+.

B+W rings have little ridges on them which makes them much easier to get on and off. Nothing like having a filter stuck on your camera when you don't want it.

I carry a piece of that rubberized cloth used to line drawers. It has saved me from stuck filers more than a few times.
 
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Some will say don't use a filter. It's really up to you and your shooting preferences.

But if you do use a filter, I like the B+W MRC (multi-coated) ones. Buy them cheaper from places like 2filter.com, or if you're willing to go grey-market, http://hvstar.net/ .

I also got a B+W step-up ring for my 18-200VR, preferring not to lock myself into 72mm filters. E.g. a polarizer (especially a high-quality one) is expensive, and I can re-use my 77mm polarizer on my 18-200VR, 17-55, 70-200VR, etc.

However -- there are a few considerations if you go the step-up route with the 18-200VR:

1) You'll likely get a tiny bit of vignetting at 18mm. At least that's my experience with a B+W standard 77mm MRC Circular Polarizer filter plus the 72mm-77mm step-up ring. I don't know if a thinner filter would help, but a thinner filter is also much more expensive and the B+W ones won't take snap-on lens caps (just the push-ons).

2) This weekend I had trouble getting the B+W filter off the B+W step-up ring. As mentioned above, shelf liner works wonders. I would have not gotten it off without some kind of assistance (shelf liner, filter wrench, bottom of a clean shoe, etc.).

3) You probably won't be able to use the hood that came with the lens, at least without vignetting. Truthfully, I haven't tried it myself.

4) You'll have to buy a 77mm lens cap.

5) 77mm filters are more expensive than 72mm filters. At least straight up. It's still cheaper than buying separate 72mm and 77mm Circular Polarizers.

A cost-compromise could be to only buy the CP as 77mm and use it with a step-up ring, and buy the UV filter as 72mm.
 
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