Discussion in 'Accessories' started by bassman, Mar 19, 2015.

  1. bassman

    bassman Mu-43 Top Veteran

    Apr 22, 2013
    New Jersey
    The Bassman
    One of the things that bugs me (and others, from what I've read) is the inability of the lens makers to standardize on filter sizes. For my little m43 kit, I need 37mm (Oly 45/1.8), 46mm (PL 25/1.4, Oly 17/1.8), 52mm (Oly 9-18/4.0-5.6) and 58mm (Pan 12-35/2.8, 35-100/2.8 and Oly 40-150/4.0-5.6). Again, like others, I bought a set of step-up rings and standardized on 58mm filters.

    After loosing my umpteenth lens cap, I started wishing that all the lenses took the same cap size as well so I could just order a few extra and use them for whatever. In addition, while out shooting I tend to drop the caps in my bag and not replace them on the lenses until the end of the day. So I have to sort out the sizes; not a big deal, but seemingly unnecessary.

    Finally, taking the step-up rings off of one lens to use a filter on a different lens is yet another pain from this inconsistency.

    So I had the idea to put a xx-58mm step-up ring on each lens and leave it there. I then bought a bunch of 58mm caps. Now all of my lenses share front and rear caps and filters. They all fit in the same sized slot in my bag. The only downsides are that lens-specific hoods are an issue, and the stack is a bit taller because of the adapters. The offset to the last is that the adapters no longer take any space in my filter bag. The filter bag now just carries three 58s: a CP, and 6- and 10-stop NDs.

    Left to right: 35-100/2.8, 12-35/2.8, 17/1.8 back-to-back with 9-18, 25/1.4.


    Any thoughts, comments or even better ideas?
  2. listers_nz

    listers_nz Mu-43 Veteran

    Nov 22, 2013
    Christchurch, New Zealand
    But you've got the Oly cap on the Pan lens, and the Pan cap on the oly lens ... you can't do that, they will self destruct :biggrin:

    Seriously though, that is pretty much the way I'm heading. I've just fitted a 58mm step up and cap on to my 9-18mm.
    Now what to do with the Oly 52mm cap - I have a Nikon 50mm lens it will fit on... :rofl:
  3. barry13

    barry13 Super Moderator; Photon Wrangler Subscribing Member

    Mar 7, 2014
    Southern California
    fwiw, the Oly Pro lenses have bigger filters/caps than that; 62mm & 72mm for the 12-40mm and 40-150mm Pro.

  4. OzRay

    OzRay Mu-43 Hall of Famer

    Jan 29, 2010
    South Gippsland, Australia
    Ray, not Oz
    My 14-35mm f2 and 35-100mm f2 have 77mm filter threads. The 90-250mm f2.8 is 105mm and my Nikon 300mm f4 is 82mm. Go figure.
  5. bassman

    bassman Mu-43 Top Veteran

    Apr 22, 2013
    New Jersey
    The Bassman
    Exactly! As I said, everything-fits-everything is the goal. That's why all my tshirts are black, blue and grey.
  6. bassman

    bassman Mu-43 Top Veteran

    Apr 22, 2013
    New Jersey
    The Bassman
    ... and one of several reasons I'm happy with the two Panny 2.8s - they're smaller. If I really need more reach, I'll drag the 50-200 with it's giant cap and hood from my Nikon 70-300.
  7. Carbonman

    Carbonman Mu-43 All-Pro Subscribing Member

    Jul 10, 2014
    Vancouver BC
    I don't use filters much, but sympathize with your headache. I have a 10-stop ND filter and a polarizer. I bought them in 72mm with a 72-62mm adapter so I can use them both on my 12-40 and eventual 40-150mm f2.8.
    Back in my film photography days I shot with Canon FD lenses. All my lenses were 55mm or 72mm filter size (a couple of specials were 58mm), or had drop in or internal filters. Now things seem to be a bit of a mess, especially with compact formats like M43 that are trying to be as tiny as possible. The pro market is mostly dead and photographers can do color corrections and effects in-camera or PP, so standard filter sizes seem to be falling by the wayside.
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