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Question about lens filters.

rosstcorbett

UK
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rosstcorbett Registered since 21st Sep 2011
Wed 21-Sep-11 04:24 PM

Hello everybody,

Well firstly I would just like to say hi. I have just bought my first DSLR D5100 and am a complete newbie.

I have been reading a lot about getting a filter to protect the lens and was wondering if you could help me.

What size nikon filter should I get for a D5100 18-55mm lens?
Also when it is attached can I still put the lens cap on?

Thank you so much for your time and nice to meet you

Ross

aolander

Nevis, US
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#1. "RE: Question about lens filters." | In response to Reply # 0

aolander Silver Member Nikonian since 15th Sep 2006
Wed 21-Sep-11 03:06 PM

The 18-55mm has 52mm filter threads, so you need a 52mm threaded filter. You will be able to use the hood with the filter on as the hood bayonettes to the outside of the lens barrel.

There are pros and cons for using a filter for "protection". I feel you get as much protection from a hood (and the cap when the lens isn't being used).

Pros and cons about filters:

https://www.nikonians.org/html/resources/guides/uv_haze_skylight/uv_haze_skylight_filters1.html

Alan

rosstcorbett

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#2. "RE: Question about lens filters." | In response to Reply # 1

rosstcorbett Registered since 21st Sep 2011
Wed 21-Sep-11 05:46 PM

Hi aolander.

Thank you for the reply.

Can you recommend an excellent hood and can you put the cap on when the hood is also on?

Thanks again.

jpFoto

US
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#3. "RE: Question about lens filters." | In response to Reply # 2

jpFoto Registered since 25th Jun 2010
Wed 21-Sep-11 06:18 PM

To add to Alan's comments, if you do buy a protective filter, make sure that it is a high quality multicoated, clear filter. Companies such as Hoya, B&W and Nikon make good filters. For a good 52mm filter expect to pay anywhere from about $35 - $45. Low quality filters can substantially degrade the quality of your photographs. If the filter is priced at about $10-$15, skip it.

Here is a link to the hood that you had asked Alan about.

http://www.bhphotovideo.com/c/search?Ntt=lens+hood+for+nikon+18-55&N=0&InitialSearch=yes

You can generally put the lens cap on with the hood in place, but I'm not sure about this one.

jP

rosstcorbett

UK
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rosstcorbett Registered since 21st Sep 2011
Thu 22-Sep-11 08:05 AM

Thanks JP.

I am thinking of buying these two, what do you think?

Lens Hood: http://www.amazon.co.uk/gp/product/B004I67H76/ref=ox_sc_act_title_1?ie=UTF8&m=AHTQ9SHZP9JHX

lens Filter: http://www.amazon.co.uk/gp/product/B00009R96C/ref=ox_sc_act_title_3?ie=UTF8&m=A3CCL2LRPH3UU

I know it is simple stuff but with being so new to this I want to get it right.

Thanks.

aolander

Nevis, US
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#5. "RE: Question about lens filters." | In response to Reply # 4

aolander Silver Member Nikonian since 15th Sep 2006
Thu 22-Sep-11 10:58 AM

The filter is a good one, but don't buy the hood. Buy a genuine Nikon hood that is made specifically for your lens (the one that JP linked to). The hood on Amazon may block the corners of the frame (vignette) when the lens is at the wide end of the focal length, i.e. 18mm.

Alan

rosstcorbett

UK
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rosstcorbett Registered since 21st Sep 2011
Thu 22-Sep-11 11:39 AM | edited Thu 22-Sep-11 11:39 AM by rosstcorbett

Done!

I have just ordered the lens hood and lens filter.

Should and can I keep the lens hood on all the time? In the bag etc

Thanks for all of your advice

blw

Richmond, US
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blw Moderator Awarded for his high level of expertise in various areas Nikonian since 18th Jun 2004
Thu 22-Sep-11 12:37 PM

Most of us use the hood all the time. It's not necessary in the bag, so mostly these hoods get reversed onto the lens and stored that way. But occasionally that's a packing problem and so the hoods get transported separately. (Mine occasionally go wrapped in or around socks.)

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MEMcD

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#8. "RE: Question about lens filters." | In response to Reply # 6

MEMcD Moderator In depth knowledge in various areas Nikonian since 24th Dec 2007
Fri 23-Sep-11 11:31 AM

Hi Ross,

Welcome to Nikonians!
Yes, using a hood all the time is best practice.
If your bag is large enough to hold the camera and lens with the hood in the shooting position, there is no reason that you can't pack it that way. If your bag is smaller, just reverse the hood when you pack it in the bag. It only takes a second or two.
Good Luck and Enjoy your Nikons!

Best Regards,
Marty

Len Shepherd

Yorkshire, UK
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#9. "RE: Question about lens filters." | In response to Reply # 0

Len Shepherd Gold Member Nikonian since 09th Mar 2003
Fri 23-Sep-11 12:37 PM

The advantage of using a hood is it often results in better colour and slightly sharper images - because it reduces unwanted "flare" light reaching the front element.
The 18-55 does not come with a lens hood so buying and using one is a smart move.

Photography is a bit like archery. A technically better camera, lens or arrow may not hit the target as often as it could if the photographer or archer does not practice enough.

Len Shepherd

RRRoger

Monterey Bay, US
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#10. "RE: Question about lens filters." | In response to Reply # 9

RRRoger Silver Member Fellow Ribbon awarded for his long history of demonstrated excellence and helping other members with equipment, technique and DSLR video in the true Nikonians spirit. Charter Member
Fri 30-Sep-11 12:38 PM | edited Fri 30-Sep-11 12:40 PM by RRRoger

I have been doing Event Photography since 1999.
There have been many opportunities to abuse our equipment.

I have bought many expensive "protective" UV filters for my lens, but
I have been taking them off lately and am getting better pictures.

After way over 1 million pictures, we have never even scratched a lens or filter element..

Visit my Nikonians gallery.

Visit my Nikonians gallery.

rosstcorbett

UK
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rosstcorbett Registered since 21st Sep 2011
Mon 03-Oct-11 11:33 AM

Thank you for all of your advice everybody.

really am very grateful

Ross

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