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Hoya 72mm HD Hardened Glass 8-layer Multi-Coated Digital UV (Ultra Violet) Filter.

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About Hoya

• Absorbs the ultraviolet rays which often makes outdoor photographs hazy and indistinct. A muliti-purpose fine-weather filter for color as well as black and white films. Also serves as a permanent lens protector.
• Hardened Glass: Hardened optical glass that has 4 times the breaking strength in ANSI standardized testing (ANSI Z80.3 : 2001) where a steel balls of varying size and weight were dropped from a height of 50 inches onto the glass.
• Hardened 8 Layer Waterproof Multi-Coating that is Scratch & Stain Resistant: Newly developed industry leading 8-layer multi-coating yields an average light transmission rate of 99.35% between 400 and 700nm (visible spectrum). These coatings greatly reduce reflections off the surface of the glass allowing you tocapture more light in your photos.
• As with all HOYA multi-coatings, HD HMC is applied in a furnace at high he at, bonding the coating to the surface of the glass. This process is called "hard coating" and it is far more durable than other coating techniques. The chemistry of the top layer is formulated not just to be more durable but to be resistant to oil stains. This means that finger prints and other oils are much easier to remove.

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Hoya Features

  • Eliminates haze.
  • Serves as a lens protector.
  • Hardened optical glass.
  • 4 times the breaking strength.
  • 8 Layer Waterproof Multi-Coating.
  • Scratch & Stain Resistant.

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4.7

(based on 6 reviews)

100%

of respondents would recommend this to a friend.

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The Utimate Protection

This review is coming from someone who shattered a 52mm Nikon filter by accident on a door knob.The filter saved the lens from damage and prevented likely damage to the front element. Bought this HD version to protect a manual focus Nikon 85mm/1.4.The increased diameter of this fast lens expressed a vulnerability to impact damage that becomes canceled by the utilizing the robust construction of this filter as insurance.This lens would be both costly and difficult to replace because it is no l...

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This review is coming from someone who shattered a 52mm Nikon filter by accident on a door knob.The filter saved the lens from damage and prevented likely damage to the front element. Bought this HD version to protect a manual focus Nikon 85mm/1.4.The increased diameter of this fast lens expressed a vulnerability to impact damage that becomes canceled by the utilizing the robust construction of this filter as insurance.This lens would be both costly and difficult to replace because it is no longer available. I found that this filter is easier to maintain and seems to stay cleaner than my other filters, even when compared to Hoya SMC. I am not sure if this is due to the tempered glass utilized, but on this merit alone the additional cost is worth it. Flare reduction and improved contrast was noted and in this aspect matched the Hoya SMC I have on other lenses. The HD version is about the weight of two filters, but because it is being used on a heavy lens with a motor drive this is not an issue for me, but may be a concern to others.

Reviewed by 6 customers

 
5.0

The best UV filter

By

from USA  -  Professional

Use on all my 77MM Nikon FX lens as well as several smaller DX lens. They do not seem to attract dust or other materials, easy to clean with a blower prior to going out shooting.

 
5.0

Love Hoya Filters

By

from Atlanta, GA  -  Semi-Professional

A Great lens protection filter, will not effect your photos. I leave it on for all my shooting.

(0 of 2 customers found this review helpful)

 
4.0

Minimal loss of IQ

By

from Falls Church, VA  -  Semi-Professional

I no longer use UV filters unless I'm shooting film, which is rare these days. If you do use UV filters spring for good multicoated ones. It makes no sense to have great multicoated optics in a lens and then arrange to shoot through window glass all the time.

 
5.0

Used on a 18-200 Nikon zoom

By

from Upstate NY  -  Tech Savvy

Nice and clear. Didn't "test" it's harden quality, but must say it practically repels fingerprints and dirt!

 
4.0

Another glass layer (but high quality)

By

from Falls Church, VA  -  Pro photographer

I no longer use clear filters on anything but a macro lens when I might shove it into a subject by accident. So far I'm happy with the decreased cost of my equipment by not buying high quality filters. With that said, the Hoya HD filter is about as good as they come if you use them. Cheap filters are IMHO stupid. Why pay several hundred (or more) for a good lens to undermine it with a flare inducing acuity robbing t-stop stealing c3ap filter? If I am shooting film, as I occasionally do then I will use a UV filter ...

(4 of 4 customers found this review helpful)

 
5.0

The Utimate Protection

By

from New York City  -  Photo Enthusiast

This review is coming from someone who shattered a 52mm Nikon filter by accident on a door knob.The filter saved the lens from damage and prevented likely damage to the front element. Bought this HD version to protect a manual focus Nikon 85mm/1.4.The increased diameter of this fast lens expressed a vulnerability to impact damage that becomes canceled by the utilizing the robust construction of this filter as insurance.This lens would be both costly and difficult to replace because it is no longer available. I found that this filter is easier to maintain and seems to stay cleaner than my other filters, even when compared to Hoya SMC. I am not sure if this is due to the tempered glass utilized, but on this merit alone the additional cost is worth it. Flare reduction and improved contrast was noted and in this aspect matched the Hoya SMC I have on other lenses. The HD version is about the weight of two filters, but because it is being used on a heavy lens with a motor drive this is not an issue for me, but may be a concern to others.

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JEFFREY M  Ken Rockwell loves the Hoya HD filters so I decided to give it a try. I also love it. The price is better than Heliopan which I have on other lenses. You cannot tell the difference between all of the top brands so price is a better indication of what you should get. I have had Heliopans break in the field so spending alot does not insure full protection.
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