I just got the lens this morning. Wondering as to which filters are recommended for it. I am looking at the Nikon L37C for protection, and the Nikon Circular polarizer.
I need to know if either of these filters vignettes at all while on this lens. Only one filter will be on the lens at any time. If there are other filters that are more preffered, then please let me know!
The Nikon polarizer is big and I don't think you can use your lens hood with it. The ring is 77mm but the actual filter is much bigger.....kind of like a step up set up so it definately won't vignet but you might not like it. Other filter companies like HOYA is not like that.
I had seen vignetting on a series of slides when using my Nikon polarizer, but then I specifically tested it shooting at the sky at 18mm and it doesn't vignette. I must have left my protective filter up front for the earlier shots. You cannot use two filters without vignetting.
A few things to keep in mind with the oddball Nikon polarizer. You won't be able to use it with a hood on this lens. It won't fit with the standard hood and the special hoods designed for it don't go wide enough. You won't find a standard lenscap to fit it either. It won't work with filter stack caps and it's kind of large for filter pocket holders. However, the step up design does give you a nice wide ring to turn.
I'd probably go with a thin Hoya HMC or B+W filter if I were buying today...
Two filters at 18mm is too much. If you really need to do something like this, the one option you could try is the largest size Cokin filters and filter holder. I use the mid size "P" mount holder and I had to cut the outside slots from the holder to keep them from being visible with one rectangular filter mounted. The larger Cokin X-Pro might work without vignetting, but it'll cost a lot to find out. Photoshop can simulate any enhancing filter on the market, BTW...
Just got back about 500-600 frames of slides from a vacatiion in the Olympics and Cascades, many of which used the 18-35 lens with and without a Hoya ultrathin circular polarizer. Absolutely no vignetting is observed with the polarizer, even at 18 mm. And you can use the lens hood at the same time, too. I would not stack filters with this lens without going oversize, and then you are going to have to be vigilant about ghosting and flare with such big glass out front.