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08/08/2008 07:33:20 AM · #1
I was thinking about investing in square filters (Graduated filters etc) and I vaguely know that I'll need an adaptor ring and a filter holder to fix to the camera, as well as obviously the filters themselves.

What would people recommend? What brands to get? Where to buy from? What exact hardware do I need? What filters would you recommend I start with as a bit of a newbie? I'm on a fairly modest budget. Both my lenses have a 55mm thread and I guess I'll mostly be using filters on my 18-70 lens.

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08/08/2008 08:03:26 AM · #2
Barry, I got the Cokin P-Series Graduated filters not long ago. Stupidly, I totally forgot to buy the adapter ring, so wasn't able to use them for the purpose I bought them. Now I have the adapter ring, just not had the need to try them properly yet. I think they will be quite useful, once I get the hang of them!

Amazon link as an example

Message edited by author 2008-08-08 08:04:24.
08/11/2008 03:39:40 AM · #3
lol thanks Sarah.

Found a supplier here: //www.premierink.co.uk
08/11/2008 06:12:42 AM · #4
I once held a pair of graduated sunglasses in front of my lens and just cropped the part of the glasses that showed <_<;

You're probably better off with Cokin though, lol. Just make sure whichever lens you use them on doesn't rotate the filter thread when it autofocuses, otherwise you'll end up rather annoyed as I was with a couple of my old Minolta AF lenses.

EDIT: I hear that if you're going to shoot ultrawide lenses, you need the X-Pro system, as the P-series causes heavy vignetting. Just a heads up.

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08/11/2008 06:24:15 AM · #5
I successfully used Cokin P series filters on my old sigma 10-20, but I'm struggling with them on my 17-40 on the 5D. Just check with your camera shop and make sure you can use them without copping the vingetting at wide angles. I rarely shoot landscapes without them now, probably one of my most valued items of photo gear, and probably the next thing I'm going to spend money on!

Edit to add: Most of my recent stuff on Flickr is shot using either 3-stop ND grad and/or Polarizer. Have a look if you're interested in the results.

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08/11/2008 06:57:26 AM · #6
I find that when using my 10-22mm at the widest, the holder on my P series Cokin ND Grad shows quite markedly at the edges; now, if I am using a tripod I just hold the filter in front by hand.
08/11/2008 08:54:26 AM · #7
For the super wide lenses you need the wide angle filter holder, not the standard one, to reduce any vignetting.
08/11/2008 08:58:38 AM · #8
Originally posted by SaraR:

I find that when using my 10-22mm at the widest, the holder on my P series Cokin ND Grad shows quite markedly at the edges; now, if I am using a tripod I just hold the filter in front by hand.

I've done that when in a hurry, most recently while getting this shot (hand-held ND Grad) ==> ' . substr('//images.dpchallenge.com/images_challenge/0-999/886/120/699509.jpg', strrpos('//images.dpchallenge.com/images_challenge/0-999/886/120/699509.jpg', '/') + 1) . '

After downloading the images from my CF cards I discovered these gems (look in the lower right corner). :-D

Finger... [thumb]709341[/thumb] Hat brim... [thumb]709342[/thumb]

Have to be careful working in close proximity with a wide angle lens mounted. He-he.

Message edited by author 2008-08-11 08:59:00.
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