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03-16-2016, 11:28 PM   #1
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Huge filter threads

Is anyone else being dissuaded by the huge filter threads on these new zoom lenses? The FA equivalents, my primes and the various DA lenses have all taken no larger than 77mm filters, at least out of my collection.

03-17-2016, 01:42 AM   #2
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I think that larger filters are oftentimes inevitable for modern wide-aperture lens designs. What does annoy me a bit is the inability to use filters with the 15-30mm.

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Yes I think canon has the right idea with a 16-35 design that takes filters.

It is actually making me look elsewhere for my new system, perhaps Nikon, because I can get exactly what I need without compromise.
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I always add the cost of a CPL to any lens before I buy. In that respect, the 49mm threads on all of the DA Limiteds (except the 20-40) made them a bargain, since my investment in a 49mm CPL was sunk decades ago, and it fits them all.

Recently I thought I lost my square Tiffen .6 ND grad, made of glass. Could only find Cokin resin type. Those are junk, while Tiffen glass filters apparently are not made any longer, and they go for >$100 on ebay. Fortunately, I finally found my old one.

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My ideal travel kit consists of 67mm filter thread lenses only -- I really don't want anything bigger as my backpack is "just right" as is.
If modern designs would stop at 77mm that would be one thing, but these days 82mm is the new 77mm. SMH.

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QuoteOriginally posted by MJSfoto1956 Quote
My ideal travel kit consists of 67mm filter thread lenses only -- I really don't want anything bigger as my backpack is "just right" as is.
If modern designs would stop at 77mm that would be one thing, but these days 82mm is the new 77mm. SMH.

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I agree with the 67mm approach, and did the same thing for a long while. A bunch of good Pentax lenses had 67mm threads. FA*24mm, A and FA 20mm, FA* 28-70, FA 24-90. Nowadays, DA 17-70 and either DA* 50-135 or DA*60-250 make good pair of 67mm filter-sharers.
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QuoteOriginally posted by Marktax Quote
I agree with the 67mm approach, and did the same thing for a long while. A bunch of good Pentax lenses had 67mm threads. FA*24mm, A and FA 20mm, FA* 28-70, FA 24-90. Nowadays, DA 17-70 and either DA* 50-135 or DA*60-250 make good pair of 67mm filter-sharers.
My dad carries the DA 17-70 and DA* 50-135. That's a great combo for him.
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What does annoy me a bit is the inability to use filters with the 15-30mm.
Formatt Hitech make a 165mm lucroit adapter ring for the Tammy 15-30, hopefully it will fit.

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There seems to be a rich eBay after-market for filter adaptors for the Tamron 15-30, and similar ultra wides that can't directly take screw-on filters like the Nikon 14-24 or SamYang 14mm. Some are even pretty cheap.

The price of big filters, however, is another story.

Someone should design an ultra-wide that takes rear slip-in 40mm filters or something.
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