Filter for 18-35mm Nikon lens?

Discussion in 'Nikon' started by Mike Gonzalez, Jan 16, 2004.

  1. Hello group,

    I have a Nikon N80 and just bought a wideangle zoom
    lens (18 to 35mm, f/3.5-4.5). I wanted to buy a
    filter / lens protector (say, a UV filter with no
    effect on visible light so that I can leave the
    filter on, acting as a lens protector), and I was
    told that for this lens model (wideangle and all),
    it had to be a very special kind of filter they
    didn't have (something like a "thin layer," or
    "thin glass layer," or something along those lines).

    I checked in another store, and they tell me that
    the standard Nikon L37C 77mm is the right one. I
    haven't bought it, but wanted to consult with you
    guys so that I can have trustworthy advice (and
    not the "easy yes" salesguy that seemed only
    interested in selling me stuff).

    Is there any special filter category that I would
    have to buy for this lens? I checked Nikon's web
    site, but I couldn't find the filters anywhere (or
    a list of "accesories compatible with this lens" in
    the document for the lens model I have).

    Any advice will be highly appreciated.

    Mike Gonzalez, Jan 16, 2004
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  2. Mike Gonzalez

    nt Guest

    the 18-35 is fine with regular hoya or tiffen clear/uv filters. However it
    will vignette if you stack two filters together, and if u intend on doing so
    you will need to to buy a slim filter. (they are about 1/2 the thickness of
    regular filters, but cost more.
    nt, Jan 17, 2004
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  3. Mike Gonzalez

    flytoomuch Guest

    You need a "thin" filter.. most any brand will do and the only reason
    is if the filter is too thick it will cause vignetting. That said,
    nearly any filter whether a thin mount or not is likely to cause
    vignetting on a 17mm lens. I own the Nikon 20 2.8... I have a
    Heliopan thin mount filter.. and wide open, you can still see evidence
    of vignetting.. so I take the filter off when at f 5.6 or greater.

    flytoomuch, Jan 19, 2004
  4. Mike Gonzalez

    Duncan Allan Guest

    I have a 20mm too and use a Hoya extra thin filter without any vignetting.

    Duncan Allan, Jan 19, 2004
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