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Multi-Coated vs. Single-Coated Test Results

zucchini

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zucchini Registered since 04th Mar 2002
Wed 16-Jan-08 01:19 PM

Hey All,

Here's my side-by-side comparisons of the 62mm Tiffen non-coated UV filter, $14.95 against the 62mm Nikon L37C multi-coated UV filter, $33.95. All tests were conducted on a N80, Nikon 70-300ED f/4-5.6D lens at 70mm, with tripod, no-hood.

Test 1: I shot a picture of the blue sky with enough angle to start to get a little flare. As you can see, the Nikon (pic. 1) keeps the flare relatively well controlled, but the Tiffen (pic. 2) fails miserably. Both were shot at f/13, 1/750, Kodak Supra 400.

Test 2: I shot a picture of Pac Bell park, and you can notice that the Tiffen (pic. 2) has a problem with the reflection coming from the metallic seats in the lower left corner of the frame. Flare again. The Nikon (pic. 1) doesn't really. Both were shot at f/11, 1/90 sec, Fuji Reala 100.

Test 3: I shot a picture in a room with various items and a small amount of light. When metering A-mode at f/32, the Tiffen (pic. 2) showed a solid 4 seconds, but the Nikon (pic. 1) wavered between 3 and 4 seconds, showing that it was allowing in more light. Notice that the first (Nikon) image has deeper shadows and fuller colors. Both were shot at f/32, 3 seconds, Fuji Reala 100.

That's all. Let me know if you've got any questions or need any other data!

Jason
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