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11 May 2009
Szymon Starczewski

10. Hama 72mm UV HTMC 390 (0-Haze)

UV filters test - Hama 72mm UV HTMC 390 (0-Haze)
UV filters test - Hama 72mm UV HTMC 390 (0-Haze)
www.hama.de
Hama 72mm UV HTMC 390 (0-Haze)
Price: 139 PLN

The Hama Company is a large firm selling all kinds of accessories for both professional and amateur photographers. They also sell UV filters. The UV HTMC 390 (0-Haze) model is the most basic product of this company. This model is equipped with the multi-layer antireflective coatings, which increase the visible radiation transmission.

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Test result:

Transmission
UV filters test - Hama 72mm UV HTMC 390 (0-Haze)

Visible light (390 - 750 nm): 98.0 %
Ultraviolet (200 - 390 nm): 7.1 %
8/10
6/10
Flares
without filter
with filter
UV filters test - Hama 72mm UV HTMC 390 (0-Haze)
UV filters test - Hama 72mm UV HTMC 390 (0-Haze)
5/5
without filter
with filter
UV filters test - Hama 72mm UV HTMC 390 (0-Haze)
UV filters test - Hama 72mm UV HTMC 390 (0-Haze)
4/5
without filter
with filter
UV filters test - Hama 72mm UV HTMC 390 (0-Haze)
UV filters test - Hama 72mm UV HTMC 390 (0-Haze)
5/5
Vignetting
Edge darkening at the 0.6 % level
4.5/5
Results
Final result: 5th place in the overall ranking and a good rating
Cost-to-Benefit result: 4th place
32.5/40
4.6

Summary:

    We were surprised by the filter’s performance as far as the visible range transmission is concerned. The HTMC coatings didn’t fail in decreasing flares. Unfortunately, the UV radiation reduction was just mediocre. This was also the only filter that couldn’t be easily cleaned with a dry, clean cloth after being splashed with a little bit of water.