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    Quote Originally Posted by Alan Gales View Post
    They make plastic step-up rings? I have not seen any but I am not that surprised.

    I did recently see a plastic tripod. It weighed next to nothing. It also could hold next to nothing!
    In one of my weaker moments, I order some from eBay -it cost almost nothing ($3 including shipping if I recall) and lasted one shoot before snapping. The second one from a different seller was no better. I bought some better ones and have never regretted it. I also have a plastic tripod one of my friends bought for me at a garage sale ("I know you like pictures" she said) - I trust it with an external flash and thats about it.
    Once a photographer is convinced that the camera can lie and that, strictly speaking, the vast majority of photographs are "camera lies," inasmuch as they tell only part of a story or tell it in a distorted form, half the battle is won. Once he has conceded that photography is not a "naturalistic" medium of rendition and that striving for "naturalism" in a photograph is futile, he can turn his attention to using a camera to make more effective pictures.

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    I often put three or four tiny scrapes of candle wax on the threads of aluminum filters or adapters before first use; the end of a birthday cake candle every inch or so around the circumference. That provides a slight lubrication that works into the thread but otherwise doesn't migrate much and seems to smooth out their operation.

    I would advise not getting too gorilla-like in tightening such rings, just enough they don't wiggle or wobble.

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    Quote Originally Posted by polyglot View Post
    It's a threaded metal ring, for crying out loud. Putting a brand on it is just a waste of money.

    If it's brass instead of aluminium then it's less likely to seize, but you just don't make a habit of leaving the Al one on your camera.
    A tiny bit of candlewax on the threads will ameliorate this problem.

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    Quote Originally Posted by DWThomas View Post
    I would advise not getting too gorilla-like in tightening such rings, just enough they don't wiggle or wobble.
    That's excellent advice.

    Some folks tighten filters like a pipe fitting, causing problems that need not exist in the first place.

    Filters and SURs are flimsy, having no strength against deformation.
    Trying to separate those two parts seized together is particularly difficult since significant pressure will bend them out of shape.
    Filter wrenches may or may not work.


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    I bought a set of cheap step-up and step-down rings and too many times, there were vignettes on my pictures. The size of my rings average down between 3 & 5 mm. I don't know what to think of that but I use less and less those rings.

    One thing for sure, what matters the most is the ring size or tightening as DWThomas said. tightening is the rule, so far.

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