55mm X4 UV (Ultra Violet) Filter For Camera Lenses - Breakthrough Photography The X4 UV achieves a higher optical resolution than any other protection filter, and thanks to our state-of-the-art and uniformly applied MRC16 and nanotec nano coating layers, the X4 UV lives up to the demands of the professional outdoor photographer. The X4 is machined from brass, which is stronger than aluminum, binds and jams less on lenses and with other filters (or step-up rings) and it just provides a more reliably solid feel. Guaranteed to be free from craftsmanship defects for 25 years. Benefits: It's multi-resistant coating has 16-layers (MRC16) which increases light transmission to 99.4%. Full traction texture around the entire circumference of the X4 makes it easier than ever to get off and on securely. 25 years support Features: SCHOTT Superwhite B270 optical glass made in Germany Nano coating layer technology, called nanotec Thinner and Lighter filter with increasing functionality and durability Item includes: 1 x 55mm X4 UV Filter Plastic Storage Case 1 x Lens Cloth 25 Year Guarantee We stand behind all our products 100%. Each and every filter is guaranteed to be free of craftsmanship defects for a period of 25 years. USA-based customer service phone support email support live chat support
I purchased this item based on reviews on this site, and others. I really thought that for the price, I was getting a high quality item, since it is much more expensive than other 77mm filters. After attaching this to an expensive lens, I heard rattling in my camera bag. When I removed the filter, it came apart in 3 sections. While it is a quality item, not sure if this is a design flaw, or damaged. Had the filter shattered, it could have been disastrous! A shattered filter could have scratched my lens. A filter gives me a sense of security. This one did not. However, I am not giving up. I am returning this item for a replacement in the hopes that it will be exactly what has been described as a quality item. This review will be updated once I have received the return item, have used it, and am confident it meets my expectations.
I purchased two X2 67 mm UV lens in the past few months to protect my new and expensive Canon nano USM lenses, but since I just bought the Canon EF 100mm f/2.8L MACRO lens, I decided to get the X4 UV 67mm instead of the X2.
Installed on my Sony 24mm f/1.4, the image quality is not noticeably affected by this filter, which is what you want. It's basically a transparent lens cap for people like me who are prone to damaging front elements. The problem with this filter is the metal is a bit too beefy. It's great for taking it off, but it interferes with the lens hood, making it difficult to install. That's good, because sometimes filters can get stuck, but it's a hassle every time I put on/off the lens hood. I wouldn't buy this filter again for that reason.
These are some of the best filters out there. Even after shooting professionally for the past 12 years, I used to just use cheap filters since I considered them as disposable wear and tear items. UV filters are typically used as lens element protectors, meaning that if you bang the front of your lens against something by accident it will theoretically protect the front of the lens from major damage. I was convinced by a local shop owner to try these out, as they have several features that cheaper filters don't have. These filters feature brass rings painted black and are very easy to thread on and off thanks to the knurled design to enhance grip. The glass used I believe is Schott glass, which is optically clear and distortion free, as well as having little to no effect on color cast. The filter is also multi coated, and thanks to this proprietary coating, is far easier to wipe clean of finger prints, oils, and salt spray compared to other premium filters I have tried. This filter costs a bit more, but if you shoot outdoors a lot or are frustrated with not being able to wipe the lens clean quickly, totally worth it!
Just bought one of the 10-Stop filters.
I bought this filter based on my experience with a Breakthrough Photography CPL, which is fabulous. This filter is for a new Leica 8-18 micro 4/3 lens. I was concerned that the filter might cause some flare on an extreme wide angle lens. The lens is nano coated to minimize flare, but so is the filter. So, I took the same shot with, and without the filter. The result surprised me - less flare with the filter. Breakthrough Photography is designing and manufacturing fabulous filters that cost less than other high-end filters and are made to the highest standards. I especially like the ring design that makes it very easy to grip and remove/attach the filter. A great company and I hope they continue to innovate.
I read all the reviews and looked at the YouTube videos and thought i would give it a try. So glad I did my homework and did not go for the other brands that are often recommended.