How do I know mm size for a filter

tiCreativeMediatiCreativeMedia Posts: 81Member
edited January 2014 in Nikon Lenses
I'm looking to buy a filter that will fit all or most of my lenses...mainly my 10-24 and 24-70 for landscape... would be great on my 35mm prime too.

They have mm sizes, but I don't know how to match that up to my camera because the mm seems to be different on the lens than the filter.

How do I know what mm to get for a filter?

thanks
Dave
D7100, 35mm 1:1.8G, 10-24mm f/3.5-4.5G ED AF-S DX, 24-70mm f/2.8G ED, 70-200mm f/2.8G ED VR II, AF-S VR Micro-Nikkor 105mm f/2.8G IF-ED

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  • shawninoshawnino Posts: 453Member
    edited January 2014
    Each lens will say on it what filter fits optimally. The value will be the measurement after the Greek letter phi symbol (I hope that's phi... somebody bail my Roman plebness out if it's not... the circle with the diagonal line through it).

    Strictly lens dependent--nothing to do with the camera.

    I have a filter permanently on every lens I own that'll take one. If somebody else wants to give you the speech about getting a 77mm filter or bigger and using step-up rings, they'd be better at that than me.
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  • WestEndBoyWestEndBoy Posts: 1,456Member
    The 35mm might be 52, 58 or 67mm depending on the lens. The other two are 77.

    Buy 77mm filters and then a step up ring for the 35 - say a 52 to 77 step up ring.

    Never buy a step down ring.
  • MsmotoMsmoto Posts: 5,396Moderator
    edited January 2014
    The filter thread size is published in your lens information or available from Nikon. This is the size filer you will need. The 10-24mm uses a 77mm filter. This should work on the 24-70 , but you 35mm may require a step up ring.
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  • MikeGunterMikeGunter Posts: 543Member
    Hi tiCreativeMedia

    If the lenses are Nikon lenses, the caps will show the mm size on the back of the cap, and the 10-24mm is a 77mm as is the 24-70mm. What the 35mm is depends upon the aperture.

    What is more concerning for the 10-24mm is the thinness of the filter. It will need to be super thin or it will vignette at the corners.

    Don't scrimp or filters, either. Good lenses require good filters.

    My best,

    Mike
  • tiCreativeMediatiCreativeMedia Posts: 81Member
    @MikeGunter do you then have a recommendation on a polarizer filter? That is specifically what I'm looking for.

    THANKS!!
    D7100, 35mm 1:1.8G, 10-24mm f/3.5-4.5G ED AF-S DX, 24-70mm f/2.8G ED, 70-200mm f/2.8G ED VR II, AF-S VR Micro-Nikkor 105mm f/2.8G IF-ED
  • MikeGunterMikeGunter Posts: 543Member
    Hi all,

    @tiCreativeMedia I'd get (and have both) the Nikon or B+W thin circular polarizes.

    My best.

    Mike
  • Golf007sdGolf007sd Posts: 2,840Moderator
    edited January 2014
    On thing to always keep in mind should you get step-up ring: the lens hood will not fit. Thus, it is best to get the right UV filter that will stay on permanently and get a step-up ring for those times you will be using a CPL and/or ND ones.
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  • WestEndBoyWestEndBoy Posts: 1,456Member
    On thing to always keep in mind should you get step-up ring: the lens hood will not fit. Thus, it is best to get the right UV filter that will stay on permanently and get a step-up ring for those times you will be using a CPL and/or ND ones.
    Good point, that is what I have done.
  • IronheartIronheart Posts: 3,017Moderator
    Don't forget that polarizers also eat light (usually a stop) so you want to make sure you don't leave it on in the dark ;)
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