Cokin Filter System

atr1981

Active Member
Hi guys,

Just got myself a Cokin adaptor ring and filter housing but am now reading articles saying that the system is not that great.

By that I mean the filters themselves. One article was commenting about that fact they are just plastic that have been colored.

Does anyone have this system and do they have any issues ?

Thanks.
 

stevegreen

Distinguished Member
I use the Cokin filters and I have not had any issues except when I stacked three filters and ended up with a slight colour cast over the image which is a common complaint against them.
 

jamesbryan17

Active Member
I have them Roset, had no problems with them, they are not plastic at all they are made from ceramic glass. It's pretty amazing how they get the colours to graduate through the glass.
 

atr1981

Active Member
Thanks guys, that reassures me.

I have a cheap CPL and ND8 threded filter here but wanted a system that will allow more than one filter and the easy ability to change them.
 

cedmondson

Well-known Member
I have them Roset, had no problems with them, they are not plastic at all they are made from ceramic glass. It's pretty amazing how they get the colours to graduate through the glass.

Nope - nothing ceramic about it. Cokin call it CR-39 'organic glass' but I'd view that as marketing puff more than anything else. It's a polymer material (aka plastic). Don't let that put you off though. I use them and find them OK. Optically they're fine, cheaper, lighter & less likely to break than 'real' glass. Any slight cast can be corrected in Photoshop anyway.
 

Tobers

Well-known Member
They are absolutely fine and you'll get some great shots with them. They are very flexible in use (not bendy, but I mean able to be used on different lenses & in different ways).

The only issue I've had is with an ND8 and polariser together resulting in a slight magenta tinge to the pics. You can remove this in Photoshop or whatever.

I found the polariser to be particularly good, especially with a graduated ND filter for the sky.
 

jamesbryan17

Active Member
Nope - nothing ceramic about it. Cokin call it CR-39 'organic glass'

That's what I meant :D
About the CPL Roset, I know someone who has a Cokin one and he has trouble turning it within the holder while he is using a Grad filter at the same time, but it is great when used on it's own apparently.
 

Tobers

Well-known Member
Yep - had the same thing with mine. Easily rectified - set the polariser first then slot the grad filter in. Easy.
 

jamesbryan17

Active Member
That's a good idea actually Tobers, i'll tell him that. :thumbsup:
 

py6km

Well-known Member
So what would be the best filter set up for use with a D-SLR ?

I mean, what other companies apart from Cokin and Kood make filters and the golders etc, and which would be considered the best (in terms of build quality, optical quality etc) ?
 

Tobers

Well-known Member
I've just sold my Cokin kit and moved up to Lee which are generally considered to be very good. V.pricey but the quality of the holder itself is excellent. The optical quality of the filters themselves is supposedly superior to the Cokin kit, but I can only afford one ND grad at the moment so cant really tell yet!!
 

h4rri

Active Member
The Cokin CPL is a pig to turn when in place because you have to use the cutouts on the holder to rotate it. Unless I'm stacking I normally just rotate the entire holder :)

I do like the Cokin system and find the filters very good in terms of optical and build quality.
 

stevegreen

Distinguished Member
The Cokin CPL is a pig to turn when in place because you have to use the cutouts on the holder to rotate it. Unless I'm stacking I normally just rotate the entire holder :)

I have never tries rotating the polariser itself, electing to rotate the entire mount which is much easier I guess. I only have the wide angle holder so can't stack any filters when using the polariser :)
 

baldrick

Novice Member
Which Cokin system do people use, A, P, Z-Pro or X-Pro?
 

milkmanchris

Active Member
I have a set that I have had 25 years or so.

Stuck in a bag somewhere at my Mum's, I thought photoshop had killed off any use for these.

Names such as tobacco 10% fantastic stuff
 

allymac123

Well-known Member
Which Cokin system do people use, A, P, Z-Pro or X-Pro?

The type you should use depends on the filter size for the lens and the focal length.

Look at the Cokin site for information.
 

cedmondson

Well-known Member
I use P series with lenses with a 77mm filter thread. On a Canon 24-105L, I can safely use the regular holder, but need a wide angle holder (1 filter only) on a Tokina 12-24 - there's still a slight hint of vignetting at the 12mm end but I can live with it. Larger sizes start to get quite expensive & become more of an issue to carry IMHO.
 

onefivenine

Well-known Member
I'd say get the Z series.

I've learned the hard way, for example I left the UV filter on the lens then screwed the P series adapter before I took this shot... I should have taken th UV filter off first!
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monkeyleader

Active Member
I got a load of the cokin system from a friend .. only had an ND2 so results were special but I've seen some fantastic effects using others.

My main issue was the time taken to put the dam thing on - okay it was my first attempt but still it seem unless I had something in mind and was going to be hanging around one location for sometime I doubt I'd use them.

Plus if I already have the tripod out then why not just take a couple of exposures and do the merge in software.

It would be interesting to see the difference between a shot using filters and one done in software - of the same scene, anyone have an example?

I think for now I'll get myself a couple of good polarisers for the 24-105mm and the 10-20mm

Nigel
 

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