Tiffen UV Protector filter review: top quality for a small price?

Equip yourself with a clear filter to absorb UV light and avoid a blue tint spoiling your daylight shots, let's see what this one can do

Tiffen UV Protector Filter
(Image: © Kim Bunermann/ Future)

Digital Camera World Verdict

The Tiffen UV Protector filter is an excellent choice for entry-level photographers who are looking for a budget-friendly filter option that reduces the blue-ish cast of daylight UV light without introducing any additional color or contrast while protecting the lens. Its build quality and 10-year quality warranty make it a reliable and long-lasting addition to any kit. While the lack of coating may result in lens flare, this is a reasonable trade-off considering its price. The filter benefits from the ColorCore technology and does not compromise the quality of photographs.


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    Budget-friendly price

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    Pairs with other filters

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    Impressive range of sizes


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    No coating

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    Can cause lens flare

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Photographers of all genres debate the use of ultraviolet (UV) filters, which serve the dual purpose of absorbing UV light that can cause a bluish cast in daylight and providing additional protection to expensive lenses. This accessory is particularly useful when shooting in harsh environments such as beaches or water, as the filter prevents sand, salt, and water from entering the camera lens and causing scratches or fungi that can damage the lens irreparably.

UV filters are ubiquitous among professional photographers, with every reputable filter brand offering at least one version of the clear filter. One such brand, Tiffen, has established a strong reputation, especially in North American and European markets for producing high-quality and affordable filters like the UV Protector over many years. The Tiffen UV Protector filter is a classic piece of equipment that can be used in any weather conditions and prevents UV light or haze from reaching the camera's sensor with the aim of creating sharper images. 

Hoya HD nano Mk II UV filter

If you want advanced nano-structure coatings, be prepared to spend more money. The Hoya HD nano Mk II UV filter is a no-go area for unwanted ultraviolet light and has other hidden strengths too. However, it is priced over four times higher than the Tiffen UV Protection filter.

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Kim Bunermann
Technique Editor

Kim is the Technique Editor of Digital Photographer Magazine. She specializes in architecture, still life and product photography and has a Master's degree in Photography and Media with a distinction from the FH Bielefeld University of Applied Sciences in Germany. While studying, Kim came to the UK for an exchange term at the London College of Communication. She settled in the UK and began her career path by joining Future. Kim focuses on tutorials and creative techniques, and particularly enjoys interviewing inspiring photographers who concentrate on a range of fascinating subjects including women in photography, the climate crisis; the planet, its precious creatures and the environment.