We always see people reaching out for advice when it comes to advise on their lens filters and today we will be taking a look at what we feel are the best ND filters for Nikon d3100 owners. Now, your lens filter thread size has to match up with the thread size of the lens that you use with your d3100. This is usually very easy to find if you don’t already know it as it is usually wrote on the lens cap, in your lenses user manual, and sometimes around the rim of your lens.
Once you know the thread size of your lens the main problem you have is navigating through the minefield that is the lens filter market. Due to a bunch of low quality lens filter manufacturers flooding the market with low quality filters the number of people reaching out for advice on what filters to get has grown expinentially. Thankfully, we have choosen two of the best and most reliable lens filter brands to feature in our article to help our readers get theirself a great deal when choosing their filter.
The Gobe ND Filter Range
Due to Gobe developing their own, modern, unique production process they have been able to produce their filters to a very high quality while offering some of the best performance available while keeping the filters robus as well as keeping their retail price tag as low as possible. This has let Gobes full range of filters climb in popularity at an exponential rate with their ND filter range earning a number of reviews (click here to read some of them) from independent photographers using the filters.
Another great selling point of the Gobe ND range is that it is available in a large number of both common and uncommon filter thread sizes almost guaranteeing that you are able to find a filter that will be able to fit your lenses thread size. At the time of writing, the range is available in the following thread sizes:-
Our preferred ND filter from the Gobe range linked above comes with a rotating ring between ND2-400 allowing you to tweak the effects of the filter on the amount of light reaching your sensor. Essentially, this lets you adjust to the conditions on location as required to keep your image quality as high as possible.
The high quality build standard of the filters and their Magnalium produces a very robust lens that can take a ton of punishment while in your phootgraphy kit bag without issue. Additionally, Gobe filters come with either German Schott glass or high quality Japanese glass depending on the variant of the filter you get. Both are excellent quality glass that is also very robust allowing you to use the filter for many years to come yet without issue.
If you are looking to pickup an ND filter to add to your Nikon d3100 camera accessories then we would highly recommend that you check out the Gobe ND filter range. We only see the brand becoming more and more popular as time goes on and more photography try, and fall in love with their range.
The Hoya ND Filter Range
As Hoya are one of the oldest and most established lens filter brands in the world their filters are held in a high regard but in all honestly we feel that these days, their reputation is based on their glories from the past. Their filter prices are high compaired to the newer brands coming through who are hungry startups doing everything to reduce the costs of their filters to allow them to break through and this is having a massive effect on the market share of the older brands.
All that said and done, if you have the budget available then picking up a Hoya ND filter will make a great addition to your photography kit and help you control the amount of light reaching your camera sensor to allow you to manipulate conditions as required. The build quality of the filters is solid and they are very robust and will survive more than their fair share of knocks over the years ensuring that the lens will be able to hold its own over the years to come.
We would also like to quickly say that due to Hoyas popularity, you can sometimes pick their filters up in second hand stores and save a massive amount on the price. The problem with this stratergy is that it can be very rare to find the exact filter thread size in a second hand store that you require for your particular lens of choice on your Nikon d3100.