Using step up rings with larger filters on smaller lens openings

8 years 1 month ago #270148 by Jim Photo
I just found out that there are step up rings that will allow you to use your 77mm filter on lenses with thread openings of 52mm, 62mm and 72mm. Is this correct and if so, who makes such a step up ring. Are there any negatives to using something like this vs individual filters for each lens?

To me this sounds like a cost saving tip if I heard correct?


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8 years 1 month ago #270150 by effron
Adorama and B&H carry them. I have a bunch in different sizes, and they work great!

Why so serious?
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8 years 1 month ago #270156 by KCook
Likely THE most common lens accessory. Everybody sells them, and they are usually very low priced. Maybe a few brand names you have not run into before - Adorama, Bower, Fotodiox, Goja, Kalt, Kenko, Marumi, ProMaster, Rainbowimaging, Schneider, Tiffen, UltraPro.

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8 years 1 month ago #270165 by Joves
The only draw back is you will have to take off you lens hood. Which is not really a problem for the most part, but you can get glancing light on them causing reflection. But for the most part they are a great way to optimize your filter from larger lenses.


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8 years 1 month ago #270166 by McBeth Photography
They work great, be sure to get a couple of filter wrenches too. When the step-up rings are new they can be a little sticky....

It is what it is.

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8 years 1 month ago #270200 by KCook
:goodpost:
Though I never got the wrench. I simply take care not to screw them on very tight in the first place.

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8 years 1 month ago #270217 by Baydream
Depending on the filter vs lens size, if you use several step up rings instead of one, you MAY get a bit of vignetting at wide open apertures. With a single step up for each size (less than $10 each) that should ne be an issue.
You may even find a flexible hood that will hold on the 77mm. That is a MAYBE.

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8 years 1 month ago #270267 by john_m
I have a 72 to 77 step up if you need it. I dont since I no longer have a lens with that filter diameter. But yeah they work great. You can get the GOJA ones off of amazon for $3 shipped (thats what I use). But 2 things, as Barry said, these things can get stuck on there (especially if your using a CP or a varibale ND)...I know this through experience lol. 2nd thing is lens caps. If your going to leave a filter on throughout the day and want to use a lens cap, youll need to buy one for that size filter.

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