Kenko AIR II UV filter review: cheap and effective protection for your lenses

An ultra-violet cut filter should be fitted to any expensive lenses to keep them protected, so is this the one you should go for?

Kenko AIR II UV filter
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Digital Camera World Verdict


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    Great for protecting your lens' front element from dust, dirt, water, fingerprints and damage

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    Doesn't break the bank

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    Has haze reducing and scene sharpening properties (though they are very minimal)


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    No water repellent or anti-reflective coating

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A UV filter can be a savvy investment for the vast majority of photographers. As most modern digital cameras come with a UV cut filter on the camera sensor itself, a UV filter which screws into the front filter thread of your lens, like Kenko's Air II UV filter, will have a minimal effect on your images.

So you may think it pointless attaching a filter to your lens which has a minimal effect on your shots... However, having the filter attached to your lens can be a brilliant protective measure to prevent dust, dirt, water or even greasy fingerprints getting on to the front element of your lens. It's also much more cost effective to replace a UV filter which has become scratched or broken than the front element of your expensive lenses.

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Filter typeUV cut
Thread diameter range (mm)49, 52, 55, 58, 62, 67, 72, 77, 82
Filter materialStandard (blue) glass
Frame materialAluminum
Thickness 6 mm
Tiffen's UV Protector filter

Are you a beginner in photography or searching for a budget-friendly solution? Tiffen's UV Protector filter is an excellent alternative to the Digital HT Ultra Clear filter. It effectively reduces the impact of UV light and provides reliable protection for your lens - but without any multi-coated surfaces or a hefty price tag.

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Dan Mold
Deputy Editor

Deputy Editor on PhotoPlus: The Canon Magazine, Dan also brings his technical wizardry and editing skills to Digital Camera World. He has been writing about all aspects of photography for over 10 years, having previously served as technical writer and technical editor for Practical Photography magazine, as well as Photoshop editor on Digital Photo

Dan is an Adobe-certified Photoshop guru, making him officially a beast at post-processing – so he’s the perfect person to share tips and tricks both in-camera and in post. Able to shoot all genres, Dan provides news, techniques and tutorials on everything from portraits and landscapes to macro and wildlife, helping photographers get the most out of their cameras, lenses, filters, lighting, tripods, and, of course, editing software.