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What Is A Filter Stepping Ring?

If you have a large collection of lenses and are also a fan of using filters, you'll probably find stepping rings are really useful tools to have in your kit bag.

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What Is A Filter Stepping Ring? : Stepping Ring


If you own multiple lenses, instead of spending large amounts of money on filters for each thread size, purchase a selection of stepping rings instead. By doing so, you'll be able to purchase just one high-quality filter of each type available that you can use with your entire lens collection. 


How Does It Work?

A stepping ring, be it a step-up or step-down one, attaches to the front of a lens and then you can fit a filter, which would usually have a thread size that's too big or small, to the lens. For example, if you have an ND filter with a 77mm thread, you'll be able to attach it to a lens with a 58mm thread if you use a 77-58 step-up ring. Stepping rings simply screw on to a lens and the filter then screws onto that. 


How Do I Pick The Right Size Stepping Ring?

You'll find 2 numbers on a stepping ring the first of which represents the thread size of the lens you want to put a filter on. The second number represents the filter size you want to step up / down to. When choosing the filter size you need to by, take a look at what your widest thread size is and then purchase step-up rings for the smaller lens thread sizes in your collection. 


Why Is Stepping Up Better? 

Even though you can purchase step-down rings, it's best to do as stated above because using smaller filter sizes and step-down rings are lenses with larger thread sizes can cause vignetting. 


Learn More About Stepping Rings 

Take a look at this tutorial on using Kenko Stepping Rings which gives a really easy to understand overview on what stepping rings are and how to use them:


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