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Old 28th of October 2008 (Tue)   #1
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Default Lens protector for Canon SX10 IS

I just bought the new Canon SX10 IS camera and I'd like to get
a lens protector for it but can't get any info on this.
I don't even know what the millemeter size is for this lens.
The manual has nothing on the lens millemeter.

Any suggestions?

Thanks...
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Old 1st of November 2008 (Sat)   #2
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Default Re: Lens protector for Canon SX10 IS

Are there even threads for it? Any by lens protector, are you talking about a filter?
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Old 1st of November 2008 (Sat)   #3
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Default Re: Lens protector for Canon SX10 IS

some have said that the sx10 can take 52mm filters. but i can't confirm as there aren't any threads on the lens?
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Old 14th of December 2008 (Sun)   #4
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Default Re: Lens protector for Canon SX10 IS

Poking around on the Net it seemed that a few people said one couldattach 52mm filters to the SX10 and since it is possible to get cheap filters, I decided to give it a try.

If you've ever held an SX10 you know that there really aren't any threads for a filter to properly screw into. However, there are groves for the lens cap. I purchased a Targus 52mm polarizer and while it doesn't screw tight and/or feel really stable, it does grip the lens cap grove enough that it stays in place.

So far I have not seen any real loss of quality, focus speed, etc.

The only problem I have had is when doing macro shots and I actually touch the bottom of the filter to another surface while trying to stabilize the camera. When doing this the filter has fell off twice, which is a small percentage of the time.

This company is reportedly making a filter holder for the SX10. It has been delayed slightly because of quality issues with the intended 52mm holder. They are now making it 58mm and it will attach to the camera exactly like the lens hood.
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Old 14th of December 2008 (Sun)   #5
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Default Re: Lens protector for Canon SX10 IS

My new SX10 accepts 52 mm filters BUT, a new filter I bought would not match threads with the ones in the camera lens. I tried a filter I have had for years and it works, but is tight. Today, I took my new filter to BestBuy and tried it on the floor model and once again, the threads won't match with the lens. Eventually, I carefully screwed the older filter onto the camera and will avoid taking it off.

I suggest carefully working through this problem since you don't want to mar the camera and make it harder to return it if something else goes wrong. Inspection of my camera reveals that using the older filter has done no damage to the lens threads and it does provide a way to mount other filters. Another issue is the ability of this camera to focus to 0 distance. When you are in Super Macro, you can see every little blemish on the filter. Keep it clean!
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Old 15th of December 2008 (Mon)   #6
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Default Re: Lens protector for Canon SX10 IS

The SX10is does not have a threaded lens! That's why it's difficult to thread a filter into it! It has rings for the lens cap to grab.

Lensmate is making a bayonet mount filter adapter that attaches as the lens hood does.

http://www.lensmateonline.com/

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Old 15th of December 2008 (Mon)   #7
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The SX10is does not have a threaded lens! That's why it's difficult to thread a filter into it! It has rings for the lens cap to grab.

Lensmate is making a bayonet mount filter adapter that attaches as the lens hood does.

http://www.lensmateonline.com/

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I thought that's what I said
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Old 10th of January 2009 (Sat)   #9
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Default Re: Lens protector for Canon SX10 IS

Here's an effective and safe filter-mount solution that won't mar or disfigure the camera's lens surround.

Do use 52mm filters, but be aware that at the full wide-angle 28mm setting, the 52mm filter will cause vignetting. This problem 'goes away' with a lens setting beyond 35mm or so. How to attach that filter: Buy a 55>52mm step-down ring. Today, most camera shops will not have this in stock, but can order it for you. It should cost less than $15.00. Then file/sand/grind off its 55mm threads, to create a flat 'back' surface. Carefully Gorilla-glue it to the outside of the stock Canon lens hood, and pay attention to it's 'concentric' alignment, to minimize the amount of vignetting you will get. Once the adhesive sets up, consider painting (flat black preferred) the bright-aluminum 'ring' on the inside of the lens hood that will now face the lens. Unpainted, this might cause unwanted reflections in your images. The included image shows this shiny 'ring' before I coated it with a black permanent marking pen. The red dot on the lens hood is an alignment aid I added, to ease the mounting of the hood.

Final steps: Thoroughly wash and dry the step-down ring's 52mm threads of any aluminum dust. At this point, a light application of lubricant via Q-tip to the threads may be helpful, then screw on your filter(s), install the filter-lens hood assembly to the camera and enjoy a protected lens plus the other advantages of the filters you like to use.

Do note: There is not a lot of finger-room between the 52mm filter and the lens hood. This is a minor problem for me, since I have slim fingers. If you've got big fingers, consider this before starting this project.
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