85mm Filters - why so hard to find?

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Chrome
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I cannot seem to locate an 85mm filter for the front of my Canon J17 lens. Does anyone know who has such a beast?

I want a top-quality multi-coated unit for a top broadcast quality lens, NOT a milk bottle bottom. :)

Alan Roberts
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Try Optex for a start.

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Chrome
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Already tried Optex Alan, it was my first port of call. Optex are an APV sponsor after all. They have tons of great stuff like Tiffen PDFs etc. on-line, but I couldn't see any 85mm ones anywhere! I am sure they could get me one, but I really wanted to read some specs on-line first before making a decision.

Perhaps I will have to start my own shop? :D

Alan Roberts
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Fair enough, I'd guessed you'd already tried, but it would have been my first port of call. How about Jessops?

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Camera settings documents are held by Daniel Browning and at the EBU
My book, 'Circles of Confusion' is available here.
Also EBU Tech.3335 tells how to test cameras, and R.118 tells how to use the results.

SimonMW
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I got mine from Mitcorp http://www.mitcorp.co.uk

However I now much prefer a mattebox with the even more expensive 4x4's and 4x5's! So if anyone knows where to get reasonably priced Shneider filters in the UK I'd love to know. In the US I can get them for around £114. They cost over £200 over here!

Gavin Gration
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Try Denton Dave

Although not listed in their online shop Denton Photo Optics might be able to source one.

Speak to Dave on 0161 336 4603.

http://www.ukcamera.com/denton/shlenses.htm

Gavin

tom hardwick
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You're right to be looking out for a top quality multi-coated filter Chrome. How often have I seen a non coated 'Jessops UV' being used as a protector on very expensive lenses? Very often, that what.

I point out that the user wouldn't have dreampt of buying the Pentax/Nikon/Canon/Leica lens if it had been fitted with a completely uncoated front element, and quite rightly so. I have a little set-up demo that I can show people who poo-poo my multi-coated filter insistance. Immediately on seeing the proof I have another convert, and the uncoated filter is flipped into the bin, where it belongs.

Which is why I'm so surprised that so many of the 4 x 4s I see appear to be completely uncoated. Hooding and flagging is certailny not the complete answer by any means.

tom.