Buying 1 large filter, getting adapters for smaller lenses - good idea? Any IQ loss?

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  1. Treymac

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    I can't see eBay from work, so I'm not sure to what adaptor you refer, howeve there's nothing at all wrong with the basic idea. I wouldn't go too extreme; I wouldn't try and adapt a 77mm filter to a 52mm lens, but using my 67mm filters on my 62mm lens works just great.
     
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    No more so than putting any particular filter in front of your lens in the first place.
     
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    With a step-up ring on the front of a lens you would not be able to use the matched lens hood and that may result in some loss of image quality.
     
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    Doubt you'd see any loss of quality other than larger glass = greater chance of surface defects.

    One thing I mentioned in another very similar thread, but bear in mind I have no idea what equipment you are working with, but typical excellent quality filters often represent less than 10% of the cost of a lens. The smaller the front element the cheaper they get. A still excellent filter like the Hoya SHMC can be had on ebay for $25-40 depending on lens size. So I see little sense in saving up pennies on what I am going to assume is multi thousand dollar gear that it's going on.

    The other problem you have is that when you change lenses, you need to change filters. Break one filter, now that filter will not be usable on any lens.

    For a part so cheap in the grand scheme of things (unless you have your eye set on a complete collection of B+W or Linn filters which cost as much as a small beat-up car) I see no sense in this.
     
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    Lens hoods don't inherently improve image quality.
     
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    What filter(s) do you plan on getting, Treymac?
    Wouldn't a Cokin system be what you need?
     
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    Reducing flare does not "inherently improve image quality"?
    Think again, reg.
     
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    You seem to have a thing for following me around Alfred.

    And lens hoods don't inherently improve IQ because you don't need to worry about flare unless you're shooting in the sun.
     
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    Don't flatter yourself, reg...

    I think you need to refresh on what flare actually is, reg: "When a bright light source is shining on the lens but not in its field of view, lens flare appears as a haze that washes out the image and reduces contrast. This can be avoided by shading the lens (the purpose for which lens hoods are designed)." (Wikipedia: lens flare).

    Never shoot without a hood!

    Have fun!
     
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    Shooting in the sun = sun in or out of the field of view of the lens.
     
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