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    Hi,

    I wanna maintain one set of common filters for usage but cannot decide whether to get a bigger filter and step up for the smaller lens or get a smaller filter and step down for the bigger lens?

    Any advises and problems such as vignetting here? cheers~ Thanks in advance for any advise.

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    step up for the smaller lens is of course better

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    Step up is better.
    Step down some time will get black corners. the step down ring may block the lens.
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    Quote Originally Posted by rebbot
    Hi,

    I wanna maintain one set of common filters for usage but cannot decide whether to get a bigger filter and step up for the smaller lens or get a smaller filter and step down for the bigger lens?

    Any advises and problems such as vignetting here? cheers~ Thanks in advance for any advise.
    Step up is better b'cos step down could result in vignetting, but step up may result in unwanted shadow when using the built-in flash.

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    hmmm so step up is still better shadows can be avoided with a external flash cheers~

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    Quote Originally Posted by rebbot
    Hi,

    I wanna maintain one set of common filters for usage but cannot decide whether to get a bigger filter and step up for the smaller lens or get a smaller filter and step down for the bigger lens?

    Any advises and problems such as vignetting here? cheers~ Thanks in advance for any advise.
    get cokin P system. Much cheaper then getting a full set of 77mm filters then step down. ( just go ask how much is a 77mm polariser )

    Just get the filter rings, the holder and ur 1/2way there.

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    guys I heard something weird from this lady in CP...went there in the afternoon told her I need a 58mm Nikon CP filter and she told me they do not have stock and only have the 52mm so she asked me to get a step down ring for it and said should step down instead of using a bigger filter and step up...

    hmmm any comments?

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    my previous PnS used a 55mm thread size. But it's 55mm becos of the adaptor tube. The actual lens was much smaller. I was also recommended a step down to 52mm becos 52mm filters are cheaper than 55. (smaller = cheaper is generally true)

    depending of what camera or lens you're using and how many filters you intend to stack, stepping down may not cause vignetting. Stepping down on a non EF-S or non DX lens will not cause vignetting.

    But it is general practice to buy larger filters so that you can reuse the filter across all your available lenses.
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    the weird thing is that the lady from CP said you cannot use bigger filters for smaller lens but smaller filters for bigger lens I was like huh!?

    my adapter for the fuji is 55mm and the lens for my sony is 58mm so I was thinking of getting away with 58mm all the way

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    Quote Originally Posted by rebbot
    guys I heard something weird from this lady in CP...went there in the afternoon told her I need a 58mm Nikon CP filter and she told me they do not have stock and only have the 52mm so she asked me to get a step down ring for it and said should step down instead of using a bigger filter and step up...

    hmmm any comments?
    I want to share filters between my Video cam (37mm) and my D70 Kit lens (67mm). So I should step down from 67mm-37mm on my D70?

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    hi all thanks for all comments was thinking of getting bigger filters like 72mm, 77mm for my 55mm and 58mm lens, any comments or problems like vignetting?

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    sorry for all the questions as i just started experimenting with filters and do not wanna spend unneccessarily

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    Hmm.... Dun step up, dun step down. Juz stick to whatever dimensions ur lens commands?

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    but i have a 55mm and a 58mm i would have to step up anyway

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    sori but what i need to do to step up? I got 2 58mm and 1 77mm len but intend to get a 77mm CPL. All 3 can share rite? What need i do?

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