Today I received the BlackFox UV Pro Filter I ordered from Amazon for my new Sony Alpha A57. I’ll write a quick review based on my first impression. The BlackFox UV Pro Filter is a multi-coated (16x) UV protection filter. The multi-coating (MC) is important to prevent reflections and flares in your images and to keep the overall image quality. The filter is not very expensive and great value for money.

Packaging

The filter comes in a sturdy box that offers good protection for the filter. Unfortunately the website mentioned on the side (http://www.blackfox-info.de/) is not available (at the time of writing).

Front

Front

Side

Side

Back

Back

Installing

The UV filter of BlackFox has a normal thickness. The filter feels solid and fits nicely in the lens of the camera.

Thickness of the BlackFox UV Pro Filter

Thickness (filter sits between lens cap and lens)

 Reflection

Because this filter is a multi-coated, it should prevent reflections and keep the image quality. I compared this filter with another uncoated filter to see if there is any difference. I tested the both reflections of the sun as well as direct reflections.

Reflection of the sun (left: MC BlackFox filter, right: Uncoated filter)

Reflection of the sun (left: MC BlackFox filter, right: Uncoated filter)

Direct Reflection Test (left: MC BlackFox filter, right: Uncoated filter)

Direct Reflection Test (left: MC BlackFox filter, right: Uncoated filter)

I think it’s safe to say this filter leaves an excellent first impression. The multi-coating works very good and the filter feels very solid. I would have been better if the filter was a bit slimmer. But for this price (€ 14) it has excellent quality.