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My strategy for
Filters


 
July 18, 2013
 
Do you have more than one lens for your DSLR?

Having more than one lens can create pro2lems when it comes to things like lens caps and filters. Different lenses often have different filter-thread sizes. This means that they use a different sized lens cap and filter. If you want to use a polarizing filter with each lens, you have to buy one filter for each size lens. This can be very expensive! And having different-sized lens caps for each lens can be a real pain.

The easy solution is to use "step-up" rings. These rings come in all sizes.

For example, if you have two lenses and one has a 55mm filter size and one has a 72mm filter size, I would recommend you get two step-up rings:

55mm to 77mm
72mm to 77mm

The reason I recommend stepping-up to 77mm is that 77mm is the largest filter size you're likely to see in a DSLR lens. This will protect you if you eventually get a lens with a 77mm filter size. (I actually have a lens with an unusual 82mm filter size. It's a telephoto lens, and I use a step-down ring with it (82mm->77mm) - luckily it doesn't vignette!)

Now, when you buy filters, you ONLY buy 77mm filters. With the step-up rings, you can use your 77mm filters with either lens.

You will also need to buy a few 77mm lens caps as well.

When it comes to buying lens caps and step-up rings, you can buy either a name brand (i.e., Nikon, Canon, etc) or you can buy a no-name brand. I always opt for the no-name brand, as they are MUCH less expensive, and do the same job just as well!
(these are my preferred step-up rings - they're inexpensive and are no different than the "expensive" brands! http://www.bhphotovideo.com/c/search?atclk=Brand_General+Brand&sts=ma&N=4291432579&Ntt=step-up+rings )

When it comes to buying filters, however, I don't scrimp. Cheap filters can cause more damage then good. ALWAYS opt for multi-coated filters, as they won't degrade images the way non multi-coated filters will. Multi-coated filters often cost between $50 and $120 each, but, IMHO, are worth it.

For more info on filters, read this: Achieving Image Sharpness - #1

Happy shooting!!
 

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