Filter suggestions?

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  1. bethgor

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    My mother was a photographer, and she has given me 25+ filters (55mm). I have a Nikon D90, which uses a 67mm filter on the lens. I know it sounds dumb, but is there a way for me to mount the 55mm filters on the lens, and sacrifice some of the image size to cropping? There is a lot of money in the filters, and most of them are Hoya filters, and I don't want to waste them....

    Any suggestions that don't involve buying a new lens or new filters?
     
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    You might consider selling the filters and then you could use the funds to buy filters that would fit your lenses.
     
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    I was afraid that was my only option. haha
     
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    Other than trick filters like magnification, cross-star, soft focus, etc., for color photography, the filters you will normally use most often are CPL and the ND filter set. I also keep a couple of FL-D filters, but those are not totally necessary.

    Most other filters will be better used in b/w but you can simulate most of them in software.

    If you have a Craigslist near you, or even a local used camera shop, maybe someone might want to trade with you.
     
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    frankly one doesn't need a lot of filters with digital as one did with film. except for a polarizer and ND filters everything else can be done with post processing.

    there are some people who favor using a UV filter, but other than that you might be better off selling them, as to use a step up ring will probably create lots of other issues.
     
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    thanks! I think i might keep them for who knows why and just buy a few 67mm filters. You never know when you might need the old filters!
     
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    Don't mean to take over your post here, but one simple question... What exactly does the polarized filter do? I have 3 filters, one polarized, and I've yet to use them.. Heard negatives more frequently than positives on them!


    Oh and on your filters.. I would just weigh things out ... Do they have a sentimental value to you? If not, sell them or get yourself a lens that will take them so you can use them .. :thumbup:
     
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    if anything, i would only buy 77mm filters. most pro-level lenses have a 77mm filter size. buy the big filters, then buy an adaptor ring to make the 77mm filters fit ur 67mm lens. this is about thinking ahead for when u get a bigger lens. this way u dont have to buy all new filters.
     
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    That should read "on my current lens".

    Vignetting will be too severe to make it practical to adapt 55mm filters to a lens requiring 67mm filters.

    If some of the filters are ones that are practical to use with digital (Neutral Density, Graduated Netral Density, Circular Polarizers, and non-filter attachments like closeup lenses, soft focus attachments, ...) you might want to keep them filed away in case you acquire a lens that uses a smaller filter size (e.g 50mm f/1.8 that uses 52mm, ...) where adapting them it practical.
     
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    Depends, will your mother be upset if you sell them? If you are just asking how to make them fit, step down rings you can buy at any online camera store.
     
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    My circular polarizer is my favorite filter. It blocks "scattered" light making colors deeper and richer. It's also great for cutting down glare on flat shiny surfaces.

    http://www.gorrellphotography.com
     

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