How to Use Gel ND Filters with Nikon 14mm (f/2.8)

How to Use Gel ND Filters with Nikon 14mm (f/2.8)

Unlike other ultra wide angle prime lenses, Nikon 14mm (f/2.8) can take neutral density (ND) filters, albeit via a small gel filter slot at the rear of the lens, which is the very reason I’ve chosen this particular lens over others. As a cityscape photographer shooting at blue hour, I simply can’t do without ND filters!

Prior to my purchase, however, I could hardly find any detailed info online about the use of gel filters (also called gelatin filters or polyester filters) with Nikon 14mm, probably because this lens isn’t very popular. So I thought it’d be nice to write about it for someone searching this particular info.

What to Get, Where to Get

I’m using Lee 4×4″ Neutral Density (ND) 0.9 Polyester Filter which reduces exposure by 3 stop. I got mine from B&H online cos I couldn’t find it locally. There are also 0.6 and 0.3 ND polyester filters available from Lee that reduce exposure by 2 and 1 stop respectively.

Lee 4x4" Neutral Density (ND) 0.9 Polyester Filter

Lee 4×4″ Neutral Density (ND) 0.9 Polyester Filter with a cutting mat, ruler and utility knife.

How to Insert into a Gel Filter Slot

Firstly, a gel filter needs to be cut to the specific size . With one 4×4″ (100 x 100mm) gel filter, we can have 9 of these. Once cut to the size, simply slide it into the gel filter slot located at the rear of the lens, as shown below.

Nikon 14mm (f/2.8) with a Gel ND Filter

Inserting a gel ND filter into a gel filter slot located at the rear of Nikon 14mm (f/2.8).

Now you’re all set! Hope this post helps fellow photographers searching info on how to use gel ND filters with Nikon 14mm. As always, feel free to Contact Me if you have any questions. ;)

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