Filters - to buy seperates or a filter system?

ghibbett

Active Member
Hi All :hiya:,

I'm looking to buy some filters - specifically an ND8, a CPL and an ND Grad. What are the recommendations of the wizened (i.e. you guys & gals) as to whether to buy screw-in types or a filter system such as cokin or Lee? One caveat to that is that it must be well built and durable.

Any ideas as I'm a bit lost at the mo...

Cheers
 

cedmondson

Well-known Member
For the ND grad you really need a slot-in type so you can twiddle / slide the graduation to suit your composition - e.g align with horizon. Lee are better than Cokin but the cost differential is pretty significant :eek: I'm fairly happy with my Cokin stuff with the caveat that there's a slight colour cast (which can be dealt with in PP).

However, I prefer to leave my CPL on much more of the time than with ND / grads so I use a Hoya screw type. It helps that both my 24-105L & Tokina 12-24 have the same 77mm thread - if you have a range of different thread sizes you may find it better to stay with a slot-in system.
 

allymac123

Well-known Member
Your 10-22 and 17-55 are both 77mm. For that reason I'd recomend screw in CPL and ND. You will need a filter sytems for any Grads though.
 

Tobers

Well-known Member
Lee are very much higher quality than Cokin, but pricey (I just have 2 filters at the moment). With those lenses you'll find the filter holders of the Cokin P series get in the way at wide angle so avoid them and get the larger sized ones.

I got a 77mm screw-in polariser that I can leave on the lens as it fits my 17-55 and 10-20. The Lee polariser is just toooo expensive!
 

ghibbett

Active Member
Hmmm, interesting stuff. Thanks to all for their views :thumbsup:

Next question - where to buy filters from? Any decent & cheap UK places or do I take the risk of buying from HK (such as hkdirect)?

Appreciate the input.
 

rizingstar

Active Member
I'm sure you can cut the cokin filter holder down to hold just one filter for a wide angle lens :confused: i've just ordered a 77mm adapter and ND4 grad grey,i'll try the cut off on the cokin p holder as i won't be using more than 1 filter.
Just bought the ND4 grad grey filter off ebay,photoblitz i think the shop was called>?but they aint genuine cokin filters,thought i'd try one for the price tho:D
 
Hmmm, interesting stuff. Thanks to all for their views :thumbsup:

Next question - where to buy filters from? Any decent & cheap UK places or do I take the risk of buying from HK (such as hkdirect)?

Appreciate the input.

Thanks for the link ! Has anyone used any filter sellers on ebay ? Maybe even hkdirect ? As they have a Kenko cpl 72mm for under £20 that would fit my budget ? :confused:
 

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