different thread pitch on 95 mm filters?!?

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  1. Murray@uptowngallery

    Murray@uptowngallery Member

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    I just bought an imported 95 mm screw-in lens cap which has a fine pitch 'standard' thread. I don't know, maybe 0.5 mm.

    I then discovered my oddball lens has a coarse thread (maybe 0.75 mm).

    I heard 'modern' Sigma lenses have the coarser pitch on larger lenses but haven't found a source.

    I spring-type plastic one would be fine too, but where would I find that in 95 mm ?

    Good luck, huh?

    Murray
     
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    See if you can look up the specs of the lens at the manufacturer's website. Beyond around 77mm, some filters may have a pitch of .75 mm and some have 1.0 mm.

    Is your lens actually threaded for filters, or does it just have a textured inner surface on the barrel in front of the front element to reduce reflections? It may be that it takes a slip-on cap and rear-mounted filters.
     
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    Hello:

    No specs; a custom private-labeled beast.

    I wondered about threads vs ridges, but I was able to thread a Sonia fine-pitch threaded cap on a little bit, more than once too. Lotsa squawling and other unpleasant noises. I decided to just thread it on far enough to stay on, to keep me from messing up the front element.

    I am planning on rear filters. It's has an interesting back end. The outer diameter is unthreaded and looks like it's very thin, as though there were a space between the outer diameter and the next concentric layer around the glass. Outer measures 39.96 mm (say 40), and inner measures 36 mm. I'm not sure if there is enough room to fit a 36 mm push-on adapter, if there were one available (and it would probably be Series VI). I am looking at some 43-49 mm step-up rings which have an inside unthreaded diameter of a tiny bit over 40 mm. This would allow me to use some modern filters instead of aged, damaged or scarce Series VI. Most of my S-VI ones are bubbling, delaminating, Newton-ringing or whatever their problem is.

    Could be that the lens retaining rings are why the lens barrel is threaded. It was intended for indoor studio use. I imagine it would be preferable for the photographer to do his/her thing with vignettes, etc. much more easily from the front than poking around inside the camera (long roll 46mm), if that's even an option with a roll of film in there.

    I could also use unmounted Surplus Shed aerial yellow or red filters with the help of a machinist, but the easy route is something I occasionally try to remind myself to look for (I may ignore it once I find it, however).

    Murray