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    Nikon 75mm f4.5 - CF necessary?

    Hi. Just wondered if anyone out there finds a centre filter necessary on a Nikon 75mm 4.5 shooting 5x4 transparency film? TIA Paul

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    Re: Nikon 75mm f4.5 - CF necessary?

    Well some say you need to use a centre filter on a 90mm. There is slight fall off with my 75mm on 6x17, and I'm sure there would be a little on 5x4 too.

    With B&W I have no problem dodging the corners but I would buy a centre filter if I was going to shoot transparencies.

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    Re: Nikon 75mm f4.5 - CF necessary?

    I have the Rodenstock 75mm f4.5. For color neg, and of course b+W no problem, but for transparencies I would want a CF.

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    Re: Nikon 75mm f4.5 - CF necessary?

    Depends on your esthetics.

    Some like the drama that comes from the fall off. Others can't live with it.

    If it doesn't work for you, get a center filter.
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    Re: Nikon 75mm f4.5 - CF necessary?

    Agree with Walter. For what I shoot, I'd darken the corners anyway.

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    Re: Nikon 75mm f4.5 - CF necessary?

    Try making some photographs without a CF and see what you think.
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    Re: Nikon 75mm f4.5 - CF necessary?

    Thanks for the replies - I'll give it a try without and see what happens

    If I find the darkening objectionable can anyone recommend a particular brand/model CF to use?

    Thanks Paul

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    Re: Nikon 75mm f4.5 - CF necessary?

    paul,

    i had a nikon 75/4.5 for a while and never found the need for a CF with any film. fantastic lens, btw.

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    Re: Nikon 75mm f4.5 - CF necessary?

    For what those filters cost ($500-ish)... definitely try and see if you like or can live with the vignetting. One benefit of NOT using a centering filter is the heavy loss of light... my filter requires 2.5-stops more exposure when it's used.

    As for brands... I don't believe there's a lot of choices... Rodenstock, Schneider, and Marusu (sp?) are the ones I know of. I use a Rodenstock centering filter because my lens is a Rodenstock. If Nikon makes a centering filter for their lenses, I would lean towards matching the lens and filter brand.

    I use a centering filter all the time on my Rodenstock 75mm f4.5 with Velvia 50... if vignetting is wanted on an image I prefer to add it myself and control the effect.

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    Re: Nikon 75mm f4.5 - CF necessary?

    Quote Originally Posted by anchored View Post
    For what those filters cost ($500-ish)... definitely try and see if you like or can live with the vignetting. One benefit of NOT using a centering filter is the heavy loss of light... my filter requires 2.5-stops more exposure when it's used.

    As for brands... I don't believe there's a lot of choices... Rodenstock, Schneider, and Marusu (sp?) are the ones I know of. I use a Rodenstock centering filter because my lens is a Rodenstock. If Nikon makes a centering filter for their lenses, I would lean towards matching the lens and filter brand.

    I use a centering filter all the time on my Rodenstock 75mm f4.5 with Velvia 50... if vignetting is wanted on an image I prefer to add it myself and control the effect.
    Heliopan makes excellent center filters.

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