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    Hi,

    i have a Nikon D5000 with 18-55mm kit lens and would like to buy some filters: skylight (for protection), circular polarising and close-up.

    First of all can you confirm that I'd need to get 52 mm screw thread size for this lens, and if I later upgrade to an 18-200mm lens, would they still fit?

    Also, my instruction manual says you shouldbuy Nikon filters (surprise, surprise) as others may interfere with the autofocus or electronic rangefinder. Has anyone used other filters e.g. hoya, Jessops, or even any of the real cheapo ones advertised on ebay (4 lcose-up filters for 8.95!)

    Any tips very welcome,

    thanks,
    Isobel

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    I have the 2 lenses you are talking about & i puy hoya 52mm on the both of them

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    Hi IzzyB,

    I've got a D5000 with 18-55mm and 55-200mm lenses and both have 52mm threads.

    I bought a jessops UV filter for 15 as the guy said that they are made by the same company who make the Hoya ones but at half the price. I've not had any trouble with the auto focus or anything.

    I recently bought my 55-200mm and I got a Kenko UV filter which was about 40 in Hong Kong and to be honest it's much clearer and better quality than the jessops one which looks relfective in comparison. I'd suggest paying a little more for the filter if you want to maintain quality and avoid the really cheap ones.

    I'd buy a UV filter for each lens you have and leave it on there rather than swap them between lenses (which would also take ages when you need to swap lenses quickly). Basically the UV is like sticking a protecting cover on your lens and is much cheaper to replace than the glass of the lens. The UV has an additional thread on it's front side which allows you to screw other 52mm filters to it like a polarising filter or whatever so you never need to take the UV one off.

    Hope that helps

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    Thanks,

    What about close up filters for doing macro work? I was thinking about getting a Hoya +4.

    Izzy

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    Quote Originally Posted by IzzyB View Post
    What about close up filters for doing macro work? I was thinking about getting a Hoya +4.
    Save your money and buy a Macro lens instead.

    All a close up filter does is cut the focussing distance of the lens artificially, and you lose depth of field.
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    Hi Fen,

    Can you recommend a good one for using with the Nikon D5000, good quality but not exorbitant?

    thanks,
    Izzy

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