STC Clip filters review

These funky filters clip straight into your camera's lens mount - are the days of the traditional lens filter numbered?

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Digital Camera World Verdict

While not necessarily a true replacement for a traditional lens filter, STC's Clip Filters are worth considering if you're after super-compact filters that can be used with a variety of lenses. Some aspects of optical quality with our ND filter samples don't seem to quite match the best ND lens filters on the market, and smaller variants of the Clip range can be fiddly, but neither issue is necessarily a deal-breaker.


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    Works with any lens

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    Very compact for transportation

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    Competitive pricing


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    Optical quality could be better

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    MFT version is small and can be fiddly to fit/remove

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    Inaccessible filter placement rules out filters like circular polarisers and ND grads

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If you shoot with an interchangeable lens camera, attaching a filter on your lens can be a great way to expanding your creative possibilities. Old colour filters from the days of analogue photography may be obsolete in the digital age, but polarising, neutral density and graduated neutral density filters are all still invaluable for producing effects that are difficult and sometimes impossible to recreate in software.

We've become used to such filters taking the form of circular designs that screw to the filter thread on the front of your lens. It's a system that works well, but requires you to have multiple filter sizes to suit different lens diameters. Large lenses require larger filters, and these can often be pricey.

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Ben Andrews

Ben is the Imaging Labs manager, responsible for all the testing on Digital Camera World and across the entire photography portfolio at Future. Whether he's in the lab testing the sharpness of new lenses, the resolution of the latest image sensors, the zoom range of monster bridge cameras or even the latest camera phones, Ben is our go-to guy for technical insight. He's also the team's man-at-arms when it comes to camera bags, filters, memory cards, and all manner of camera accessories – his lab is a bit like the Batcave of photography! With years of experience trialling and testing kit, he's a human encyclopedia of benchmarks when it comes to recommending the best buys.