Today’s article will be based around what we feel are the two best contending filters for the title of the best ND filter for Nikon d5300 owners. As usual, we would quickly like to point out that the threat size of your lens filter has to match up with the lens thread size of your lens of choice, not something on your camera body.
If you don’t know the thread size of your lens of choice then it is usually written on your lens cap, around the lens itself near the front lens element as well as in the lenses user manual. Once you have worked out your lens filter thread size you are able to order the correct sized filter that will seamlessly fit your lens and offer superior performance.
The Gobe ND Filter Range
Over the few years since their release onto the market, this has enabled Gobe to quickly and easily establish themselves as one of, if not the market leading filter brand right now. Their reputation really is second to none and it looks like it is only going to keep growing as time goes on. Additionally, we recently published our dedicated Gobe ND filter review that you may find helpful too.
Another reason that the Gobe range has proven so popular is that it is available in a massive number of thread sizes. It covers all of the most common thread sizes but also includes a number of the less common ones that have traditionally been difficult to source filters for. At the time of writing the Gobe ND filters are available in:-
The Gobe neutral density filters come with the highest possible Japanese glass that ensures the best possible performance with the lowest possible price tag. Additionally, the glass in the filter elements has either eight or sixteen unique coatings depending on the model you choose. Each of the coats has been specifically selected to help improve the performance of the lens in their own unique way. These range from naturally repelling dust to naturally wicking water off the lens and a ton of other useful features.
The frame of the Gobe ND filters are also made from extra tough Magnalium meaning that they are very robust while also being as lightweight as possible. This increases the over all strength of the lens while providing it will all the robustness it needs to be able to take its fair share of knocks in your photography kit bag without taking damage or breaking.
At the end of the day, either of the Gobe ND filter models will make a great addition to your filter kit and your d5300 camera accessories. It will make a vast improvement to your photographs without the need to break the bank and will either match or outperform the competing lens filters even those that retail at higher price points.
The Tiffen ND Filter Range
That said, Tiffen has released some awesome lens filters over the years and most of them still hold their own in today’s market. Their neutral density filters have proven to be very popular with the photography community and they have a ton of third-party reviews online posted by independent photographers going over their experiences with them.
One of the main drawbacks of the Tiffen lens filter range is that they only support a set number of traditional lens filter threads. This can be a pain if you are using a more modern lens as they simply don’t support the newer lens thread sizes making it impossible to get their filters for the newer lenses. At the time of writing the Tiffen range is available in the following sizes:-
One of the main advantages that the Tiffen range has over the Gobe range is their availability. If you are trying either of these two filters up in your local photography store rather than online then there is a much higher chance that you will be able to get your hands on a Tiffen filter.
If you are looking to pick up for an ND filter for your lens of choice for your Nikon d5300 then we would recommend you give the Tiffen range some consideration if you are unable to source a Gobe filter. It will still make a good addition to your filter kit and improve your photography ability with in exchange for a very small price tag.