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Old 30th of June 2009 (Tue)   #1
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Default Kenko Pro 1 D vs. Hoya Pro 1 D CPL?

I'm a little bit confused here and not sure about the difference between Kenko & Hoya. I understand that Kenko is 'owned' by Hoya and partners up with Tokina (I think) but what kind of difference am I looking at in the filters? Does anyone have any experience with both and/or can shed some light here? Am I ok going with the Kenko Pro 1 or should I be looking at the Hoya? I'm going to buy a decent polarizer in 77mm with step down rings for my other lenses. One other question, the Hoya 'Blue' line is a step above the value priced 'Green' and below the SMC ones right..?
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Old 27th of August 2009 (Thu)   #2
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Default Re: Kenko Pro 1 D vs. Hoya Pro 1 D CPL?

I'm pretty sure Kenko and Hoya are of the same company (which is part of the same 'family' as Tokina), the difference between the two is that Hoya is their international line and Kenko is there domestic line. From what I've read, Kenko filters are sold in Asia and Hoya filters are sold in countries such as the US. Somebody correct me if I am wrong.

My question is, why are Kenko filters less expensive than their Hoya equivalents? (such as on Ebay)

*I just noticed many of the ebay sellers who are selling Kenko's ship from China or HK. Has anyone had any experience with buying Kenko filters from ebay? Would I need to worry about knock-off filters from these sellers? it would explain the price difference...
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Default Re: Kenko Pro 1 D vs. Hoya Pro 1 D CPL?

They are the same filter as explained above. If you are going to buy one I would suggest you look at Maxsaver.com.
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Old 27th of August 2009 (Thu)   #4
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Default Re: Kenko Pro 1 D vs. Hoya Pro 1 D CPL?

I bought it from ebay...seller is call filter plaza.

they ship it via local postal. Nothing wrong so far. I ordered 58mm Kenko pro 1 D UV filter, kenko pro CPL and 63mm kenko pro 1 D UV filter

Hoya is more expensive because the shipping cost + brokage fee, etc
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One other question, the Hoya 'Blue' line is a step above the value priced 'Green' and below the SMC ones right..?
Right. Ignore the green box. Minimum is the 'blue' HMC (Hoya multicoated). Best is the SHMC.

Newer filters in the lineup are Hoya Pro 1 Digital, which is about at the same level as the HMC, and the Hoya HD which is about the same level as the SHMC.
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Newer filters in the lineup are Hoya Pro 1 Digital, which is about at the same level as the HMC, and the Hoya HD which is about the same level as the SHMC.
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I think I am being stalked
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Wilt, I think you may need an injunction.
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Sure seems that way ...
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Classes of stuff...

COMMON OPINIONS
Junk, don't bother <95% transmission
Good minimum level performance = 97% transmission
Excellent > 99.0% transmission
OBJECTIVELY MEASURABLE OPTICAL CRITERIA 93% < 94% < 97% < 99.35% < 99.6% < 99.7%, < 99.8% transmission
disclaimer: it is another issue if the mfgr. claims can be substantiated -- none of us own instruments of sufficient precision to contest claims


SUBJECTIVE/PERSONAL FEATURE CRITERIA (what matters for one might not matter for another!)
Easier to clean
'Digital' multicoating
Harder to scratch
Edge blackening = better for digital
Brass vs. aluminum frame
thin frame
threaded front can accept pinch-style cap
filter = anti-drop 'protection'
filter as a remedy: anti-dog nose, anti toddler goop, anti ocean spray, anti windblown sand
this whole last group is like debating political parties or religions or sexual orientation in 'marriage'...what is right for one is wrong for another, and don't bother 'debating' because the two extremes of opinion will never meet. Some moderates bridge the two extremes.

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You may be right. I'd suggest that someone be a tad less confrontational, since we don't consider stalking to be the POTN way. And there's always the "Report Posts" button.
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