Kenko Pro1D+ UV filter review: a magnetic design that doesn't always attract

A great UV filter but the concept is slightly let down by weak magnets

The Kenko PRO1D+ UV filter next to the box in the sun
(Image: © Lauren Scott)

Digital Camera World Verdict

The Kenko Pro1D+ UV filter is easy to use and well-priced, with anti-reflection coatings and a water-repellent surface that I found to be a bonus for outdoor photography. The magnetic design makes the filter quick to remove, and it doesn't rattle in the adapter like some. But I found it frustrating that it would sometimes slip off the lens when I had the camera in my kitbag, making its protection somewhat useless for storage. If you have other Pro1D+ filters then this UV filter makes sense, but if quick removal isn't something you particularly need, I'd opt for a traditional screw-in UV filter instead.


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    Easy to take on and off

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    Doesn't affect image quality

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    Fits underneath the lens cap


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    Filters rattle in carry case

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    Magnet could be stronger

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    82mm is biggest diameter size

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I've always used UV filters as one of the best protection filters for lenses, as it's much cheaper to replace a scuffed, scratched, or dented filter than a premium bit of glass. Accidents happen, and I rely on a UV filter to give my optics a layer of protection. Unlike just using a clear filter, I also like that they block ultraviolet light waves and reduce haziness in images.

UV filters vary in price, depending on their optical quality and coatings. But most share a similar circular design which either screws onto the lens ring or attaches via a magnetic system. Kenko's Pro1D+ UV filter does the latter and is part of the company's Pro1D+ Instant action filter range (which includes a circular polarizer, variable neutral density filter plus polarizer combo, and even close-up filters). The magnet-attaching system means you can swap the filters almost instantly, which might be particularly important to landscape photographers working in changing light.

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Filter typeUltraviolet UV / Protector
CoatingAnti-stain, water repellent, anti-reflection
Available sizes (mm)49, 52, 55, 58, 62, 67, 72, 77, 82
Frame materialAluminum
Urth Magnetic UV lens filter (Plus+)

Urth Magnetic UV lens filter (Plus+)
Urth's Magnetic UV filter suffers similar issues to the Kenko Pro1D+ here, in that the magnets are weak and the filters come off the lens easily. However, they're also threaded for greater versatility and offer supreme image quality.

Kenko AIR II UV filter

Kenko AIR II UV filter
If you're after a very cheap UV filter that protects your lens, Kenko's screw-on AIR II UV filters are the way to go. But bear in mind they don't have the water-repellent or anti-reflection properties of the Kenko Pro1D+.

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Lauren Scott
Freelance contributor/former Managing Editor

Lauren is a writer, reviewer, and photographer with ten years of experience in the camera industry. She's the former Managing Editor of Digital Camera World, and previously served as Editor of Digital Photographer magazine, Technique editor for PhotoPlus: The Canon Magazine, and Deputy Editor of our sister publication, Digital Camera Magazine. An experienced journalist and freelance photographer, Lauren also has bylines at Tech Radar,, Canon Europe, PCGamesN, T3, Stuff, and British Airways' in-flight magazine (among others). When she's not testing gear for DCW, she's probably in the kitchen testing yet another new curry recipe or walking in the Cotswolds with her Flat-coated Retriever.