Downsides to using step up rings for filters?

2 weeks 6 days ago #740764 by Photo Amigo
Hey guys, is there anything wrong with using step up rings when using larger filters on smaller lenses? 


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2 weeks 6 days ago #740765 by TCav
It could cause vignetting, but not a much as step-down rings.


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2 weeks 6 days ago #740766 by Razky

Photo Amigo wrote: Hey guys, is there anything wrong with using step up rings when using larger filters on smaller lenses? 

Their use is widespread, more practical than buying various sizes of the same filter. Might be a good idea to go two sizes up for wide angle lenses, but that depends on the lens. Let us know your experiences.


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2 weeks 5 days ago #740851 by nokk
there's nothing wrong to using step up rings for filters.  cheap step up rings might get stuck to the filters or the camera lens.  look for some rings made of brass.  the same thing could happen with the filter and lens, it's just something you need to be aware of.  all of my filters are 72mm or bigger, and i have a set of step up rings.


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2 weeks 2 days ago #740981 by Macon B

TCav wrote: It could cause vignetting, but not a much as step-down rings.


You can use smaller filters on a lens?  Would that create a forced circle frame?  Or are you zooming in enough that you skip past the filter creating a smaller frame?


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2 weeks 13 hours ago #741031 by Razky
Macon B wrote:
"You can use smaller filters on a lens?  Would that create a forced circle frame?  Or are you zooming in enough that you skip past the filter creating a smaller frame?"

Mounting a smaller filter via a step-down ring will more than likely result in vignetting. An exception could be a full-frame lens on a crop sensor camera.


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2 weeks 9 hours ago #741034 by TCav

Macon B wrote: You can use smaller filters on a lens?  Would that create a forced circle frame?  Or are you zooming in enough that you skip past the filter creating a smaller frame?


Yes. The amount of vignetting will vary based on the focal length, focus distance and the aperture. With a zoom lens, you might easily be able to get past the vignetting, but for primes you might need to use a very small aperture.


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1 week 5 days ago #741111 by Otto F
Just make sure you screw it on straight so you don't strip the threads if you take on and off frequently.  


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1 week 2 days ago #741223 by Hoss
Man I only have used a step up ring for short time back in the day, I saw no downside other than one additional item I had to buy and screw on and off.   I seem to recall I was using a 77mm filter on 72mm lens.  


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5 days 18 hours ago #741355 by Gammill
IMO, it's only downside is that it's something additional you need to buy


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3 days 17 hours ago #741409 by Ira Weber
I use one all the time, no downsides in my book. 


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