Step Down / step up Ring for filters

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jertzeedon Regular Member • Posts: 122
Step Down / step up Ring for filters

I currently have D5000 with the Nikkor 18-55mm DX lens with a 52 mm thread for filters.
I have a HOYA polarising filter for this lens.

I also have a Tamron 70-300mm lens which has a 62mm thread for filters.....

Now, do I get a step down ring 62mm-52mm so I can use the Hoya filter filter with the Tamron lens, or should I go and buy another filter?

Is it better to get a bigger filter and step down, or a best to get two filters?

thanks

scorrpio
scorrpio Veteran Member • Posts: 3,595
Re: Step Down / step up Ring for filters

Rings are a very economical option. I have a 67-77 ring I bought for $10, so I can use my 77mm polarizer on a 67mm lens. One big drawback of such a ring is you can't use a hood - but considering that you need access to the filter to rotate it in proper orientation, you are likely not going to use a hood with a polarizer anyway.

Mark B. Forum Pro • Posts: 27,357
Re: Step Down / step up Ring for filters

The problem with step up adapters is you can't use the lens hood with such an adpater. I have a polarizer for each size of lens. Yes, I use the hood when a polarizer is mounted.

Mark

jertzeedon wrote:

I currently have D5000 with the Nikkor 18-55mm DX lens with a 52 mm thread for filters.
I have a HOYA polarising filter for this lens.

I also have a Tamron 70-300mm lens which has a 62mm thread for filters.....

Now, do I get a step down ring 62mm-52mm so I can use the Hoya filter filter with the Tamron lens, or should I go and buy another filter?

Is it better to get a bigger filter and step down, or a best to get two filters?

thanks

yiannispreview Junior Member • Posts: 40
Re: Step Down / step up Ring for filters

jertzeedon wrote:

I currently have D5000 with the Nikkor 18-55mm DX lens with a 52 mm thread for filters.
I have a HOYA polarising filter for this lens.

I also have a Tamron 70-300mm lens which has a 62mm thread for filters.....

Now, do I get a step down ring 62mm-52mm so I can use the Hoya filter filter with the Tamron lens, or should I go and buy another filter?

Stepping down from 62 to 52mm filter size
on a 70-300 f/4-5,6 SHOULD be OK as far as vignetting is concerned.

YET, if you add a polariser - these filters are a bit thick - you might get some nice vignetting ...

I 'd give it a try if I were you.

If you intend to use a polarising filter, make sure the front element of your lens
does not rotate when the lens focuses.

tclune Senior Member • Posts: 1,297
Re: Step Down / step up Ring for filters

Mark B. wrote:

The problem with step up adapters is you can't use the lens hood with such an adpater. I have a polarizer for each size of lens. Yes, I use the hood when a polarizer is mounted.

+1

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Windancer Veteran Member • Posts: 5,560
Re: Step Down / step up Ring for filters

jertzeedon wrote:

Is it better to get a bigger filter and step down, or a best to get two filters?

Personally I would get 2 filters as my first choice, I tend to use my hoods with my polarizers whenever possible.

IMHO I would get the larger filter and a step down ring so that it would not vignette on the lens with the larger front end.

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Snapshott Senior Member • Posts: 2,308
Re: Step Down / step up Ring for filters

Mark B. wrote:

The problem with step up adapters is you can't use the lens hood with such an adpater. I have a polarizer for each size of lens. Yes, I use the hood when a polarizer is mounted.

Mark

If you want to use a hood you'll need to find a screw-on hood the will attach to the front of the polarizer. The tricky part can be trying to find the right length so you don't have any vignetting. I've usually try to use a hood made for the same focal length FX lens. then I don't have a problem on my dx cameras.

The other good thing about the screw on hoods is that you can still rotate the polarizing filter.

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Mark B. Forum Pro • Posts: 27,357
Re: Step Down / step up Ring for filters

Snapshott wrote:

Mark B. wrote:

The problem with step up adapters is you can't use the lens hood with such an adpater. I have a polarizer for each size of lens. Yes, I use the hood when a polarizer is mounted.

Mark

If you want to use a hood you'll need to find a screw-on hood the will attach to the front of the polarizer.

Umm, nope. All of my lens hoods use a bayonet mount to the lens. The polarizer uses the threaded mount independently of the hood mount. I mount the polarizer, adjust, then mount the hood.

The tricky part can be trying to find the right length so you don't have any vignetting. I've usually try to use a hood made for the same focal length FX lens. then I don't have a problem on my dx cameras.

I have no vignetting problems, mostly because I use a thin-mount polarizer.

The other good thing about the screw on hoods is that you can still rotate the polarizing filter.

Unfortunately that means if it is a petal shaped hood there's a good chance it will not be oriented properly.

Mark

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ExposureMeter Senior Member • Posts: 1,801
Re: Step Down / step up Ring for filters

I use 77mm filters and step up rings for other lenses.
I also have an extra 77mm lens cover and a 77mm screw on lens hood.

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bills_pix Contributing Member • Posts: 548
Re: Step Down / step up Ring for filters

I use step up rings so I can use my Nikon 77mm polarizer on my lenses with smaller filter rings, i.e. 62mm 105VR and 52mm 50/1.4. I have also purchased retractable rubber lens hoods that fits in the 77mm threads of the polarizer. I really doubt that a 77mm screw in rubber lens hood will vignette on a 52mm lens.

Here is the lens hood I bought which can be rolled back or extended as needed.

http://cgi.ebay.com/ZZ-77mm-Rubber-Lens-Hood-f-Standard-Wide-Tele-Focus-/170617037106?pt=LH_DefaultDomain_0&hash=item27b9916132

Works for me and for 2 rings and a lens hood, I've spent less than $10.
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