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Hoya Filters is a Japanese-established brand that first dived into the camera filter business in the year 1941. The main company, HOYA, is actually Japan’s first specialty manufacturer of optical glass and has gradually diversified itself into new business industries that exploited the market and potential of advanced optics technologies. Since then, HOYA increasingly grew as a company to fit in the shoes of a global enterprise with the help of their expansion of diverse businesses that include electro-optics, photonics, vision care, and health care.
Before we actually recommend you the kind of filters that you would need and should have as a photographer, we feel the responsibility to first briefly educate you on what filters are and what are the 4 current grades of filters.
Filters, simply put, are used to fight against unfavorable lighting conditions. They can be used to enhance colors, reduce reflections, and also protect the lenses. Filters are considered to be of necessity and crucial due to the high demand of crisp and quality pictures and filters help photographer to achieve them. Below are the current 4 grades of filters:
HD3 – considered as the world’s best filters, HD3s feature ultra-tough unbreakable glass and hard oil-resistant multi coatings.
EVO – features anti-static, finger-print resistant multi-coating, though utilize conventional (breakable) glass.
NXT – seen to be excellent multicoated filters
Alpha – the simpler grade that has simple multi-coating on conventional glass and first-rate optics and metal rings.
Now, on to the good stuff—Hoya Filters.
Back in the early days of Hoya’s establishment, they only had 2 types of filters; the regular ones and the more-expensive multi-coated filters that were called Hoya HMC (Hoya Multi-Coated). Passing the year of 2008, Hoya has already made thousands of different kinds. For us to list them all down here will be the reckoning of both you and us. We can’t complain, though. Hoya IS the world’s largest maker of optical glass, so it’s rather fitting that they made so much in so little time.
We do however have a guide to share with you and we think it’ll help you as much it helped us. Check it out below.
We’re going to focus on the types of coating now to give you a clearer picture on how these filters help in reducing reflections. There are 5 main types of coatings and they are:
Single-coated – basic one-layer coating that reduces reflections to a dim blue
Hoya Multi-coating (HMC) – Hoya’s original type that sports triple-layer coating that reduces reflection to an almost-invisible dim green
Digital Multi-Coating (DMC) – basically a redesigned HMC with better, newer, and different materials
Super HMC (S-HMC) – with six layers on each side, this coating is the best anyone can get. Close-to-no reflections
HD – an 8-layer coating masterpiece that eliminates up to 99.53 transmission of visible light between 400-700nm
So, what kind of filter coating do you actually need? Well mostly, uncoated filters are just fine. If you’re keen on getting crisp stills, then you could start with the single-coating filters, then move up a notch every time you feel that you can take better ones. Filters work best with landscape and sunset/sunrise photographers. Our advice to see whether if you really need multi-coated filters is to take a picture of a sunset with and without a filter. If you’re okay with the reflection ghosts, then you won’t need a filter. But we all know that a clearer and crisper and ghost-less pictures are the ones we want.
We can’t recommend you any specific filter from Hoya due to the fact that they all are great. But if you really pressure us, then we’d have to choose the Hoya Super HMCs. Though a little high of the price, the value that comes with it would most certainly make you forget about how much it actually costed.
However, if you’re really on a budget, then go for the Hoya HMCs. They’re triple-coated and reduce the reflections you get from your scenes of choice to a very, very dim green. You are most-guaranteed to take crisper and less ghost-ridden pictures with Hoya filters.
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