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Thread: RE: Filter touch on Nikon LF lenses

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    RE: Filter touch on Nikon LF lenses

    A recent thread brought attention to a concern regarding potential harm to the f ront element of certain Nikon and Schneider lenses caused by a screw-in filters.

    I called the Nikon US tech support line (800-NIKONUS)and asked their opinion. T hey claimed to have NO knowledge of a problem with any of their lenses, or of an y warning given with the lenses. I wonder, what gives?

    By the way, series filters give a good bit more clearance, but are less convenie nt than regular screw-ins, unless an adapter is dedicated to each filter.

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    RE: Filter touch on Nikon LF lenses

    I read the previous thread and was more than a little concerned myself. To determine if I had a problem with my 150mm SW Nikon and B+W filters, I placed a single layer of tissue paper over the center of the lens and watched while I screwed in the filter. No doubt about it, if I were to take it to the end of the machined threads I would make contact. Fortunately, I rarely use the filters on this lens and did not scratch it. I talked to S K Grimes aboout it and he suggested a plastic insert inside the filter ($35) or a machined spacer ($125). Neither made me jump for joy. I am trying to find a thin round gasket that I could place in tha threaded area to act as a depth gauge. It should not be this difficult ! I am not surprised that Nikon drew a blank.

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    RE: Filter touch on Nikon LF lenses

    Henry:

    I am surprised Nikon USA tech support even knows they make LF lenses. My attempts to get information from them, and a search of their web site produced nothing.

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    RE: Filter touch on Nikon LF lenses

    Once again,

    Heliopan filters are made so that the glass is further forward in the rim to reduce the possibility of the filter glass touching the lens surface.

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    RE: Filter touch on Nikon LF lenses

    If you have the coverage to spare, you can purchase a lens coupler ring. I got a 67mm one a couple years ago from Brandess-Kalt. This can be screwed into the front of the lens and will provide what essentially looks like the part of a screw-in filter that goes into a lens. You would simply screw the filter on backwards to attach. The only thing you have to watch out for is extending a tunnel of filters too far out in front of the lens. This can cause vignetting. Like I said, if you have the coverage to spare!

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    RE: Filter touch on Nikon LF lenses

    The people at Nikon should read the instruction manual that comes with their large format lenses; page 9 to be exact.

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    RE: Filter touch on Nikon LF lenses

    Note to Michael K. and others with the Nikkor 150 SW: watch those lens caps too! When I bought my 150 SW (many years before the internet would have told me others were having the same problem), I thought there must be some mistake; the lens caps clearly contacted the front (and, I believe, the rear) element. One bouncing ride in a car trunk with the lens caps on, I figured, and the lenses would be permanently scarred.

    I first tried putting a gasket inside the lens cap to keep it away from the lens, but the cap kept falling off. My solution--imitate it at your own risk!--was to GRADUALLY and carefully heat only the center of both lens caps over a gas stove and then gently bulge the center of the cap outward until it cooled into a convex shape. This fix has held for 10 years now. . . .

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    RE: Filter touch on Nikon LF lenses

    Thank you Mikah for the note on the lens cap. I have had my Nikon 150 SW lens for a little over one year. The lens caps that came with the lens seems to have been recessed away from the lens surface in the center to prevent contact with the lens. Nikon must have more knowledge of this subject than they claim otherwise they would not have modified the design for these wide angle lens caps. Thank you for mentioning the well founded concern.

    Michael Kadillak

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