Today’s article will be about what we feel is the best UV filter for Sony a6000 camera users on the market right now. Before getting any further into the article, we would like to point out that the thread sizes of your UV filter should be selected to fit the filter threads on your lens of choice. We have lost count of the number of people who have reached out trying to match their filter thread size to something on their camera.
If you don’t know the thread size of your lens then it is commonly written on the lens cap or around the lens close to your front lens element. Failing that, you can always check your lens manual or simply measure the lens at the front element to work out its thread size.
The Gobe UV Lens Filter Range
This quickly lead to the Gobe filter range becoming known as a budget-friendly filter brand that offers high-quality lens filters in a large number of thread sizes allowing them to earn their excellent reputation. When mounted on your lens their UV filters offer some excellent protection for your forward lens element and as these UV filters are a fraction of the price of your average lens they are a godsend during the type of accident shown in the image below.
As the Sony a6000 has such a massive collection of compatible lenses there are also a massive number of thread sizes that your lens of choice may have. Thankfully, Gobe chose to cover all of the common thread sizes for lenses while also doing their best to cover some of the less commonly used ones too. At the time of writing, the Gobe UV range is available in the following thread sizes almost guaranteeing that you are able to find something to fit your lens:-
If you pick up a one or two peak variant of their UV filter then it will have high-quality Japanese glass for its element whereas a three peak variant comes with Schott glass from Germany to offer the very best possible element. Either way, the filter element is very strong and robust offering plenty of protection for your camera lens. On top of that, when mounted, the filter element is totally clear and will have no effect on your image quality at all.
In addition to the excellent quality glass that Gobe makes sure they use in all of their filters, the two and three peak variants also come with their sixteen layer coating technology. Each of these layers has its own unique purpose that ranges from making the filter easier to clean, keeping the filter element clear, naturally repelling water off the filters element or increasing the robustness of the filter element. No matter the purpose of the layer, they all work towards providing you the best possible UV filter to protect your lens for the lowest possible price.
If you are one of our regular readers then you probably know that we are big fans of Gobe and their filter kit. We feel that picking up one of their UV filters will make a great addition to your camera accessories while also helping to protect your lens of choice for your a6000 and ensuring your lenses front element stays as high quality as possible.
The Tiffen UV Lens Filter Range
The Tiffen filters are high quality and again, will have no effect on the image quality of your lens when mounted. This means that you are able to keep your UV filter on indefinitely even when capturing photographs or recording footage while still keeping your lens protected whereas the protection of a lens filter is lost during use.
Another drawback of the Tiffen UV filter range is the limited thread sizes they offer the range in. At the time of writing it is an established range too that has been out for years so we doubt they will be adding any new thread sizes to the range at this stage. That said, they are currently available in:-
The Tiffen range come with their own coating technology to help improve both the robustness and performance of the filter in a number of ways. Although this coating does help put the Tiffen range above other brands like Hoya, it doesn’t even come close to the coating offered by the Gobe range.
If you are looking to source yourself a UV filter for whatever lens you use with your A6000 and are unable to source one from the Gobe range then we would definitely recommend that you check out the Tiffen products. They will make a decent addition to your lens accessories and help keep your lens of choice protected during use.
Should You Use A UV Filter?
With the debate still raging on if you should or should not use a UV filter to protect your lens we thought we would share the video below as it echoes our thoughts and the importance of investing in a UV filter.