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    Center ND filter for a 65mm Nikkor?

    Have and use a 65mm f/4 Nikkor-SW. Filter size is 67mm. Have been trying to find a center ND filter for it and have come up cold. Was there one made for this optic?

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    Re: Center ND filter for a 65mm Nikkor?

    No.

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    Re: Center ND filter for a 65mm Nikkor?

    Not from Nikon.

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    Re: Center ND filter for a 65mm Nikkor?

    Greg, I sent you a PM about contacting the US distributor for Haida filters.
    Haida makes centre filters of different sizes; while they may not be original accessories to the lens, they might be right enough to do the job.
    The quality of these filters is up to snuff, so it's worth a look.

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    Re: Center ND filter for a 65mm Nikkor?

    Nikon never made center filters, but Nikkor SW series lenses, like your 65 would benefit from use one, like the rest of wide angle lenses from other manufacturers because they all share more or less the same optical design.
    You have several options:
    1,- Schneider center filter III, designed for Super Angulon 65/5,6 and 75/5,6 lenses. Accepts 86 mm filters in front of it.
    2,-Rodenstock center filter 67/86 or 67. Both are identical, but the first one can accept 86mm filters on it, and the second one, which is an older design, doesn´t accept any filter on it because lacks screws in it´s front.
    3,- Heliopan W.w ND 0,45 E67/86. Accepts 86 mm filters in front of it.
    I had a Nikkor SW 75/4,5, and a Nikkor SW 120/8. I used them with Heliopan Center filters with very good results.
    Although the filters mentioned are discontinued, you can probably find new old stock ones (Ask Bob Salomon about Rodenstock) or go to the auctions site.

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    Re: Center ND filter for a 65mm Nikkor?

    I use the Rodenstock 1.5 stop 67/86 one on my Nikkor 65/4, which as I understand is about equivalent to a Schneider IIIb. Works great.

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    Re: Center ND filter for a 65mm Nikkor?

    IMNSHO, A 65mm works pretty well on 4x5 without a filter. Yes, there's a bit of darkening around the edges but personally I like that look, it helps focus attention on the subject. Also if it's being printed, you can always burn in the edges to help even out exposure.

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    Re: Center ND filter for a 65mm Nikkor?

    Quote Originally Posted by EdSawyer View Post
    IMNSHO, A 65mm works pretty well on 4x5 without a filter. Yes, there's a bit of darkening around the edges but personally I like that look, it helps focus attention on the subject. Also if it's being printed, you can always burn in the edges to help even out exposure.
    Not if you are shooting chromes.

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    Re: Center ND filter for a 65mm Nikkor?

    Quote Originally Posted by EdSawyer View Post
    IMNSHO, A 65mm works pretty well on 4x5 without a filter. Yes, there's a bit of darkening around the edges but personally I like that look, it helps focus attention on the subject. Also if it's being printed, you can always burn in the edges to help even out exposure.
    I have a 65m Fujinon and I fit a Heliopan centre graduated ND filter to it for virtually everything I shoot with it, I also print all of my stuff in the darkroom. Trust me when I say that there are times when the look is nice or flattering for the subject, but there are far more times when it is not flattering or a good look. There is also the hardness factor of adjusting for the edges in a gradual manner, especially when the subject is a building with super straight lines. Yes, it can be done, and I consider myself to be quite versed in darkroom procedures, but it is nonetheless, a pain on the easel experience.

    After running with the Heliopan centre graduated ND filter on my 65mm lens, life in the darkroom is a breeze. Plus, as Bob mentions, if you are shooting transparency film, it is virtually a no brainer.

    Mick.

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    Re: Center ND filter for a 65mm Nikkor?

    Quote Originally Posted by Ari View Post
    Greg, I sent you a PM about contacting the US distributor for Haida filters.
    Haida makes centre filters of different sizes; while they may not be original accessories to the lens, they might be right enough to do the job.
    The quality of these filters is up to snuff, so it's worth a look.
    Ari, it would have been great if you told us all who the distributor of Haida filters is. In my case, I would be interested on a center graduated ND filter for a 75mm f/6.3 Komura Super W that I use from time to time.

    Thanks,
    Terry

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