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    Step Up Rings

    Hi there,

    I just got a Nikon FM2 and so now I need to buy a step up ring so I can use my 77mm filters on it. I know I need a 52mm-77mm step up ring. My question is whether there is any potential problem with buying a cheap (c. $10) one? Do I really need to spend $47.50 (Heliopan) for a step up ring?

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    Quote Originally Posted by nwilkins View Post
    Do I really need to spend $47.50 (Heliopan) for a step up ring?
    Not just 'no' but heck no! Get a cheap-o ring and get busy with that FM2. I have a couple Heliopan rings because they were the only ones available in hard-to-find sizes while all other rings of mine are from who-knows-where. Haven't been able to discern a difference.
    Last edited by Aja B; 08-30-2012 at 06:38 PM. Click to view previous post history.

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    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.

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    I have fancy ones and cheap ones, and no question, the nice brass ones are smoother in operation, but the cheap ones get the job done.
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    that is what I figured - I ordered the $10 version earlier today but just wanted to make sure there wasn't something I was missing.

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    I have a bunch of cheap ones all work great.

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    Just don't get the plastic ones - the two I have had both broke quickly, were difficult to thread properly and became "wiggly" on a hot day (the plastic was melting). Stick with metal.
    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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    One thing to consider is the seizing problem. It does not happen very often.
    However, if the filter seizes to the SUR, separating the two can be a major problem.

    Seizing typically occurs when two aluminum parts are threaded together (mated).
    The easiest way to eliminate the potential problem is to use a brass SUR if you're mating an aluminum filter to an aluminum lens.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Kevin Kehler View Post
    Just don't get the plastic ones - the two I have had both broke quickly, were difficult to thread properly and became "wiggly" on a hot day (the plastic was melting). Stick with metal.
    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!

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    Thanks Leigh - my filters are brass so I'm won't worry about it. Also I can't imagine leaving them on for any length of time.

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