What size filter should I get?

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    anubis404 TPF Noob!

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    I am shopping for a polarizing filter for my Nikon D40 with kit lens (18-55mm). How do I know what size filter to get? I am seeing 46mm filters, 28mm filter, 55mm filters, etc. Which should I get that would fit my lens?
     
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    on your lens it will give you a size, if your still not sure, look inside your lens cap and there will be a number that will tell you the size also :)
     
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    if you have several lenses with different filter thread diameters. get a filter for the largest and buy step down/up rings for the other lenses.
     
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    52mm
     
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    Depending on how seriously you'll be taking this, 77 and a step up ring.
     
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    The correct size for the 18-55 kit lens is 52mm. However, at the very wide end of the lens, it might produce some vignetting, so you might want to think about a larger sized filter and a step-up ring. Of course, larger filters cost more, but most higher-end lenses have a 67-77mm filter thread.

    I would personally recommend a cheap-ish 52mm filter, and save up for a more expensive filter to go with your new lens (if that's what you want, mind).
     
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    Or a 'slimline' (low profile) filter.
     

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