The Hoya NXT Plus UV Filter is a multi-purpose filter that is most commonly used to protect the front of your lens, a first line of defense against scratches, rain, dirt and dust. Hoya's NXT Plus UV is a powerful upgrade to the best-selling NXT series. This filter applies a waterproof top coat to Schott B270 glass polished smooth for maximum sharpness. There are two advantages to having a premium waterproof coating: (1) Water beads-up quickly, and easily slides off the surface of the filter for streak-free shooting. (2) It also makes the filter a lot easier to clean when dirt, water, and smudges make their way onto the surface.
Hoya applies 10 layers of patented anti-reflection (AR) HMC multi-coatings to the NXT Plus UV filter for improved contrast, color, and sharpness. The coatings deliver a 98% light transmission so you don't have to worry about contrast-killing glare. The NXT Plus filter frames are precision milled from lightweight aluminum for a slim profile that makes it perfect for all lenses including super wide-angles.
What else does a UV filter do?
Most photographers leave a UV filter attached to the lens all the time as a form of protection. But the filter also plays an important role in filtering through UV Haze. Haze is not a huge problem when you are taking pictures at sea-level, but as you hike into higher altitudes, the filter definitely helps cut through the haze to increase contrast and improve color. The NXT plus has a UV Cut Point of 360nm or L36 which is superior to most filters at this price point.
Key Features:• Waterproof top coat for easy cleaning
This review is for the Hoya 67mm NXT Plus UV HMC Multi-Coated Slim Frame Glass Filter, which I have recently purchased.
As a serious photographer, filters are an important tool in your camera bag. To most, UV filters "are just a thing to cover your front lens element"...well, they're more than that. They must be of the most high quality as possible, as you frequently place polarizers and neutral density filters in front of it. I use only Hoya NXT Plus filters on my Canon L lenses. The quality is superb and the price is right.
Only recently did I discover my cheap (under $10) UV filters could catch a light at a certain angle which would cause flare on my images. I still support the idea of having a protective glass lens so rather than leave my lens naked I decided to try a better, recommended by users, filter.
I ordered this Hoyer 72mm Circular Polarizer to replace another less expensive Polarizer purchased from another company that was causing unwanted vignetting. This beautiful Polarizer solved my problem. It usually pays to purchase a more quality product than to try to save a few dollars on a lesser quality item.
While the optics of this filter are likely good, I was attracted to the slim fit attribute for my Olympus TG-5. Different than the slim designs for the Hoya filters I have purchased for my Nikon SLR, this filter comes in two inseparable pieces to enable rotation like a polarizing filter only UV does not require rotation. This is not shown in the photo and makes the filter both thicker and difficult to thread. Returned and went with a Hoya 40.5mm HMC UV Digital Slim Frame Multi-Coated Glass Filter which was in a single frame, also multicoated and much cheaper.
I purchased a few of these UV filters to protect the end of a few of my lenses. I typically install UV filters permanently on all my lenses to protect the end of the lens from getting scratched or damaged. These were replacements for the Gobe UV filters I purchased a while back, as I wasn't too impressed the the clarity of the Gobe UV filters, I have no complains about their ND or CPL filters, just their UV filters. These seem to be much better than the Gobe's and hopefully they'll last a while.
Clearly a high-quality product. I use it on a Fujifilm medium format lens and the GFX 100 camera (100 MP) and any flaw would be immediately noticeable. But, I see no flaws, and the depth of colors and reduced “popping” of hot spots from bright sun are immediately noticeable in the form of much more pleasing outdoor photos. I also have water (mostly rivers) in many pictures I’ve taken with this filter and the reduced glare is also a big plus. I rate value lower only because these aren’t cheap.
I had a little problem wearing the filter on the lens. not disappointed but not perfectly satisfied.