In this article, we will be taking a look at what we feel are the best UV filter for Nikon d5000 cameras currently available on the market right now. Although the days of using a UV filter to prevent ultraviolet light from potentially damaging the film in your camera are over, many digital camera users now use them as a way to protect the front element of their camera lens.
One thing that we would like to point out when it comes to choosing your filter size is that you have to get it to fit the threads of your lens. Simple check the lens cap of your lens of choice and it should have its thread size written on it, if it doesn’t or if you have misplaced your lens cap then it is also commonly written around the side of the lens near the threads or you could just measure the end of the lens.
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The Gobe UV Filter Range
The Gobe range is currently available in three main variants being one peak, two peak, and three peak filters. The one peak variant is the cheapest with the least functionality working up to the three peak premium filters that are the most expensive. If you are on a tight budget then we would recommend that you pick up the one peak variant and if you have the cash to spare pick up the three peak filters. In our opinion, the two peak filters don’t offer enough added functionality for their price and don’t really have a niche in the market as the three peak filters outperform them so much without much of an added cost.
The Gobe UV filter range is currently available in the following sizes:-
As you can see, Gobe cover all of the common thread sizes while also covering a number of the less common ones.
The three peak Gobe UV filters come with German Schott glass for their element that is one of the clearest and strongest types of glass currently on the market. This means that the lens can take an absolute ton of punishment that may otherwise cause problems for your lens.
On top of this, the three peak filters also come with the sixteen layer coating technology. Although Gobe has kept tightly lipped about what each of the layers actually does, they have confirmed that each layer has its own individual use and has been designed from scratch for maximum performance to help improve the performance of the filter.
All in all, we would highly recommend that our readers check out the Gobe UV filter range. Their build quality is excellent, their performance is second to none, and their reputation is taking the market by storm. It will make the ideal companion for your Nikon d5000 as well as your lens of choice.
The Tiffen UV Filter Range
That said, Tiffen has definitely learned a thing or two over the years and still make a very good range of lens filters. Out of all other brands, we feel Tiffen are the only other ones really worth looking into if you can’t find a Gobe filter. Additionally, due to being so popular for so long the Tiffen range has earned a great reputation over the years. We also recently published our own Tiffen UV filter range review that some of our readers may find helpful.
The Tiffen UV filter range comes in a number of thread sizes but no where near as many as the Gobe range. At the time of writing, you can get:-
The Tiffen UV range also comes with Tiffens own unique coating technology but this only increases the robustness of the filter rather than improve it in other ways too like Gobes that help naturally wick water and dirt off the lens. Still, they are a very robust filter that will help protect the front element on your lens that you use with your Nikon d5000. Once mounted on your lens, you can essentially leave the UV filter in place indefinatley as it does not effect your image quality at all when mounted offering constant protection from accidents.
Although the Gobe range is readily available online these days, some local photography stores may not stock them but should have the Tiffen range available. If for whatever reason you choose to pick the filter up at your local store rather than online via the links on this page then you should be able to easily source the filter size you need.
Should You Use A UV Filter?
With the debate still raging on if you should or should not use a UV filter to protect your lens we thought we would share the video below as it echoes our thoughts and the importance of investing in a UV filter.