Product Type: Hoya camera lenses
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Hoya PRO1 Digital
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Hoya PRO1 Digital
Date: 26/05/11, updated on 26/05/11 (100 review reads)
Advantages: Protects Lens, Reduces Haze,
The Hoya Pro1 Digital
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So how good is the Hoya Pro 1 Digital? Well, in my experience I've found that it's excellent. I've used loads of different filters over the years, many of which have been cheap and nasty little buggers. This is mainly down to the poor quality of the glass used in their construction, and also the lack of a quality coating - with some of the really cheap filters that you can pick up from eBay, you may as well be taking a picture through a mucky window. Luckily the Hoya Pro1 Digital is 'multi-coated', meaning that it's perfectly clear, and reflections are kept to a minimum. The product has a filter factor of (0), so it won't stop any light getting into the camera - put simply, you won't need to change your aperture or shutter speed settings.
Regarding your filter's maintenance - keeping the Pro1 Digital clean is a simple process; just give it a wipe with a soft cloth (preferably a lens cleaning cloth if you have one) to rid it of any grease or dirt which may have accumulated. I've found that the Hoya Pro1 is very good at resisting small scratches - i've actually had one on my camera for two years and it still looks almost as good as new.
Price & Availability
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In terms of its cost, the price you pay for your Hoya Pro1 filters will depend on the size you require - at present, the current Amazon prices are as follows;
52mm > £20.50
67mm > £27.25
77mm > £29.08
From eBay I've managed to pick up the 67mm version for around £17 - although I have had to wait a couple of weeks for it to be shipped from Hong Kong. As new, the filter arrives in a plastic case with a foam insert which protects the glass - when not on your lens, this little transparent box is great for carrying the product around.
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Overall, I highly recommend the Hoya Pro1 Digital filter as a piece of glass which no photographer should be without. Even if you don't use these filters for their haze reducing properties, they're simply great for protection, and you can be safe in the knowledge that the filter's inclusion on your camera won't have a detrimental effect on your pictures. It may sound expensive at £20+, but it's by no means the most expensive UV filter on the market, and in terms of its performance it can compete with some of the best.
Summary: A Digital Camera Essential
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