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Good quality, far cheaper than buying separately, and essential if you haver a large lens collection
on 28 December 2013
Quality filters are expensive, so you want to be able to fit them to as many of your lenses as possible. With this set of adapter rings I can fit any of my filters to any of my lenses. For example, I fitted my 77mm polarizer to my Lumix LX7 (37mm diameter lens)! Not something I'd do normally (I usually buy filter in two sizes: 77 and 55, and use the most appropriate size with adapter rings), but a good test of how versatile these rings are.
I bought from seller XSource, thinking that they would ship from China given the low price, but no, they shipped from the South West rather than the Far East (Bristol to be exact), and were with me within 2 days and came well packaged, so cheap and quick.
Few points worth mentioning:
Although the threads are of a decent quality, you have to be careful with the biggest diameters as its easy to strip them or your lens if you force them. This is common to even high quality ring adapters - the turning force on large adapter rings is high, so you have to be gentle and make sure you have aligned properly before screwing them on.
To check that all the adapters have good threading, its worth fixing each step-up ring into the corresponding step-down to make sure they fit. That way you iron out any initial tightness without testing them on your valuable lenses or filters.
If you intend to use adapter rings on lenses that include wide angle, buy the next-up filter and step down, otherwise the extra height caused by using adapter rings may cause vignetting.
If you will be changing filters often, its worth fitting a step up onto the lens and leaving it there, then always unscrewing/screwing the filter onto the ring. That way, you never damage your lens threads. Especially important if your lens has plastic threads, which unfortunately many now do.
A useful accessory to go with this adapter set is a set of matching filter removal tools... search Amazon for 'filter remover'.
There are some thread sizes that you don't get, so if you specifically want a certain size, check its on the list. This is especially true if you use systems such as micro43rds that are not 'standard DSLR' of the Canon/Nikon variety. for example, I need 46 and 58mm, both of which are quite common for micro43rds (I own a Black magic Pocket cinema camera as well as a more traditional DSLR body), and had to buy them separately.
So to conclude:
An essential purchase if like me, you have a number of cameras and lenses (I have lens diameters varying from 82mm to 37mm) and just buying good Tiffen variable NDs for all my lenses would cost over a grand without these adapters!
Also useful if you want to protect your lens threads by threading filters onto a permanently attached adapter ring, so that you only wear out the adapter and filter threads.