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 Post subject: Filter options for Nikon lens
PostPosted: February 13th, 2011, 4:46 pm 
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I just picked up a new to me 50mm AF-S f1.4 lens for my Nikon camera however it did not come with a filter on the lens. I'd like to get a plain clear one just for protection of the lens surface and with a quick search online, they range from $40 to $7 for ebay stuff.

Any thoughts or recommendations? Total hobby guy here...not professional stuff. Just getting into DSLR.

Its a 58mm thread.


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 Post subject: Re: Filter options for Nikon lens
PostPosted: February 13th, 2011, 7:46 pm 
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I just bought a $8 filter on ebay, it's plastic... it will do what I want, but I'll never use it for shooting anything that I want to have turn out.

Cheap filters suck. Like, if you put a cheap filter on a piece of paper next to a middle of the road or top end filter, you may see a color cast on the cheap filter.

All of my 50mm filters are 52 and 50mm thread


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 Post subject: Re: Filter options for Nikon lens
PostPosted: February 13th, 2011, 9:11 pm 
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yes, its a chubby little fellow. Big boned. 58mm is what it calls for as a filter size. Could be because of the built in AF? Not sure. Good to know on the quality front though with the cheaper filters. I may drop into PEI Photolab this week and see what they have.

Thanks. I think I'm going to get alot of great pics with this lens. Still lots of learning. I need a remedial bootcamp! That book you recommended is pretty awesome though. Still not all the way through it.


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 Post subject: Re: Filter options for Nikon lens
PostPosted: February 14th, 2011, 12:27 pm 
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peibarry wrote:
yes, its a chubby little fellow. Big boned. 58mm is what it calls for as a filter size. Could be because of the built in AF? Not sure. Good to know on the quality front though with the cheaper filters. I may drop into PEI Photolab this week and see what they have.

Thanks. I think I'm going to get alot of great pics with this lens. Still lots of learning. I need a remedial bootcamp! That book you recommended is pretty awesome though. Still not all the way through it.


The photolab won't have anything worth buying and what they do have is overpriced. You will have much better luck shopping online at www.vistek.ca or www.henrys.com.


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 Post subject: Re: Filter options for Nikon lens
PostPosted: February 14th, 2011, 12:47 pm 
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Yup.


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 Post subject: Re: Filter options for Nikon lens
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Also unless you are shooting in conditions where there is danger of the front element getting hit by flying debris you shouldn't ever need a UV filter to protect your lens. Unless you go with the higher priced filters you will be seeing ghosting issues, hazing, softness and color casts...shouldn't put cheap glass in front of expensive glass!


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 Post subject: Re: Filter options for Nikon lens
PostPosted: February 14th, 2011, 7:38 pm 
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Good to know from those in the know.


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 Post subject: Re: Filter options for Nikon lens
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I have been shooting with DSLR's for a long time and use very expensive glass and have yet to put a clear UV filter on one of them. Never had a single scratch on a lens. Just something to think about. Unless you are somewhere often with mud and rocks flying in your direction it isn't really needed.


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 Post subject: Re: Filter options for Nikon lens
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I'm the opposite, I have UV's on my 70-200 and 24-70. I'll take them off when shooting at night (to reduce flare), but otherwise, they're not adversely affecting my photos.


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 Post subject: Re: Filter options for Nikon lens
PostPosted: February 15th, 2011, 8:26 pm 
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I do a lot of shooting backlit so that might be a huge difference there.


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