ND Grad filter - any cheap and half decent options?

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  1. Coolhand

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    I've been trying to cut down time spent doing PP work recently, so I'm making an effort to get images right in-camera as much as possible. I mainly work landscape, so with that in mind, I've been pricing up ND grad filters.

    They ain't cheap are they?

    I've looked at the Cokin P and Lee systems and to get a holder, 77mm adaptor and 0.6 ND grad I'm at about 120 smackers. I wouldn't mind sticking an 82mm adaptor ring in there too, but it's another 30 quid!

    Can anyone recommend any cheaper options?
     
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    I bought some cheap Kood grads from 7dayshop.com. They're Cokin P sized and the filters were about £8 each, plus £4 for the holder and another £3 for each of the filter thread adaptors (you need one to fit the diameter filter thread on your lens). I've used mine a couple of times and they seem ok, no nasties added by their use that I can see. I need to get a 52mm adaptor for mine, I've started using it on my 50mm Nikkor but had to hand-hold the filter, which was a real drag!

    My kit cost me £23 for two grads, the holder and a 67mm adaptor ring.

    There are Cokin grad kits too - CameraWorld sell one for about £55.
     
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    I shopped around and got a Cokin P holder, 2 Kood rings (cheaper but identical) and ND grad + Circ Polariser all for £80.
    From here...
    www.surreyphotography.co.uk

    Here's the breakdown of what I bought
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    1 x Kood P 52mm Adaptor Ring () = £4.99
    1 x Cokin P Filter Holder () = £7.49
    1 x Kood P 58mm Adaptor Ring () = £4.99
    1 x Cokin ND4 Gradual P Filter # P121M () = £13.50
    1 x Cokin P Circular Polarizer Filter P164 () = £45.99
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    Sub-Total: £76.96
    UK VAT: £11.46
    Royal Mail 1st Class Recorded (): £3.38
    Total: £80.34
     
  4. tryingtimes

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    I should have probably got a slot-in lens cap too, but skimped :)
    I talked to the guy at Surrey Photography and he thought that the Cokin holder was worth the extra, as were the Cokin filters but that the Kood adapter rings were a good saving.
     
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    I take it £120 was for Lee? Cokin P costs nothing like that. The best deal I could find was Speedgraphic who do a Cokin kit with 3 ND grads and a holder for £33. Adaptor rings are £6.95.
     
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    You must be looking at the X pro or Z pro series because the P series is cheap and for a 77mm adaptor ring, the holder and a grad filter its like £30 max
     
  8. Coolhand

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    You are correct, I looked at the P, but it didn't seem to have an adapter to fit an 82mm lens, so I costed the X Pro instead.

    I'll have another look, thanks to all.
     
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    i have a 58mm adaptor ring, the holder and about 6 P series filters which is about £70 in total. They actually do a holder for the P series which is a slimmer profile so that it eliminates the vignetting caused by the thicker plastic of the standard holder.
     

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