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Old Jan 2, 2007, 3:39 PM   #1
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I'm looking at buying some filters for my E500. I have the two kit lenses, so one is 52, the other a 58.

I am looking for mostly lens protection, maybea little enhancement. I plan on UV's for both, and maybe a polarizer or warmingfilterfor the 17-45. I have looked at different filters and was amazed at the different brands, features, etc....

My question....does any brand of filter fit? Are they universal?

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Old Jan 2, 2007, 5:30 PM   #2
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Hi Mike

For UV filters you can't really go wrong with the Hoya Pro range - I got one for my 14-54ZD and the price was very reasonable.

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Old Jan 2, 2007, 5:30 PM   #3
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All you have to do is get the diameter of the lens thread and buy the filter with the matching diameter...the standard E-500 kit lenses (14-45mm & 40-150mm) are BOTH 58mm; suggest you check the lenses, look for a circle with a slash through it and the number beside it is the diameter of the thread.
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Old Jan 2, 2007, 5:47 PM   #4
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Mikefellh wrote:
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All you have to do is get the diameter of the lens thread and buy the filter with the matching diameter...the standard E-500 kit lenses (14-45mm & 40-150mm) are BOTH 58mm; suggest you check the lenses, look for a circle with a slash through it and the number beside it is the diameter of the thread.
It sounds like the original poster got the alternate E-500 kit (like from Costco, etc.) like I did, in which case the 17.5-45mm lens is indeed 52mm threaded. Admittedly, it was a bit annoying since the original kit has both the lenses being 58mm, which is nice for like a polarizer or other specialty filter, so you can share it between the lenses.

Personally, I'm using my 55mm filters (specifically a polarizer and a Hoya R72 IR) from my previous point and shoot camera using a step up ring. With the 58mm threaded 40-150mm, I'm just going to have to duplicate filters unless I want to risk vignetting when using the 55mm filters with a step down ring.
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Old Jan 2, 2007, 11:08 PM   #5
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For UV filters you can't really go wrong with the Hoya Pro range - I got one for my 14-54ZD and the price was very reasonable.
I think the Hoya Pro UV range should be good. I have both types i.e. Hoya Non Pro
58mm as well as Pro 67mm.

They are a bit more pricey but doesn't hurt.

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Old Jan 3, 2007, 7:09 AM   #6
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when i use a filter, i like it to be a Hoya
it helps if you can standardise your filter sizes
as 58mm is a very common size
i would be tempted to use a stepup ring from 52 to 58
if i didnt have a decent supply of 52mm filters already

since the advent of digital, i only use a few filters anyway
UV mostly for protecting the lens
and Polariser filters for penetrating shaddow in strong sun, probably not a common event in europe


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