Lens filters for Nikon

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  1. JuiceyJuice macrumors newbie

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    Ok, I have a Nikon D3000 with the kit lens 18-55mm, 55-200mm, and just recently got the 35mm 1.8 prime. I will also be getting a Tokina 12-24mm. I'm looking for some suggestions on what types and kinds of filters to look into for these lenses. Any suggestions welcomed.

    Thanks!
     
  2. Wacky Jackson macrumors member

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    You should get a ultra violet filter which just protects your lens from getting scratched.
     
  3. Westside guy macrumors 601

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    A polarizer should be in everyone's kit, IMO.

    You can save money by on filters by buying the largest filter size you'll need, and then buying inexpensive step-up rings for your lenses so you can use the polarizer with all of them. I standardized my filter set at 77mm, since that's the Nikon (and Canon) "pro" size - I figured it was unlikely I'd ever have a lens that needed any filter larger than that.

    BTW given the low cost of the first two lenses you list, I don't see the point in a "protective" filter. For a good one you're going to spend 1/3 to 1/2 the replacement cost of the lens. If you buy a cheap one, then you're compromising image quality.

    If you do end up buying protective filters, then obviously my "step up" ring idea doesn't apply in that case since you'd want to keep a filter on each lens.
     
  4. Doylem macrumors 68040

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    I've had a simple 'skylight' filter on each lens I've ever own (I take better pix when I'm not worrying about getting equipment damaged). Other filters? Wait till there's something you want to do that's impossible with the gear you already have (no point filling your bag with stuff you don't really need). Less is more, IMO...
     
  5. Gold89 macrumors 6502

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    Or just buying a Lee/Cokin filter set ;)
     
  6. Westside guy macrumors 601

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    I have one, actually. :D For grad NDs that's the only way to go!

    The only potential problem is with the polarizer. I know they make one for Cokin-sized filter holders, but I've never used it. Knowing how a polarizer is used, I'm wondering if it's awkward when mounted in that holder.
     
  7. HBOC macrumors 68020

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    UV filters are a waste, unless you are shooting in the desert (Sahara for example). The only filters that are worth anything, IMO, are grad, PL and ND. Everything else, you can do in photoshop.

    I agree that graduated ND filters (or reverse, etc) should be the square style. I just ordered a 3 stop SE Galen Rowell filter.

    I have never used a UV filter, and I have never had a scratched lens. They are more durable than you think. Just use some lens cleaner, a dedicated lens cloth (hand wash it) and a lens pen, as well as a giottos blower. I have been using these for years and years and years, and never have had a problem. I shoot in the rain and stuff quite a bit, as that is how it is up here.
     
  8. JuiceyJuice thread starter macrumors newbie

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    Thanks for the advice guys, BUT I was actually looking for suggestions for Neutral Density filters, exactly what type to purchase for the camera/lenses I have. I wasn't really too worried about prtection yet with the relatively low cost of the lenses I currently own.

    Suggestions?
     
  9. dazey macrumors 6502

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    My suggestion would be to buy 77mm ones and step up rings. Saves you buying NDs per lens. B&W do good ones and I have some of the Hoya Pro1 digital ones which are fine (I have an ND4 and ND8 which along with a circular polariser covers all eventualities for me)
     
  10. object88 macrumors member

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    Is there any difference between, say a plane ND filter and a "digital" ND filter? Or is the "digital" label that I've seen on some filters just a marketing scheme?
     
  11. HBOC macrumors 68020

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    ^

    I wasn't aware they labeled them "digital" and non-digital, if that tells you anything.
     

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