Cokin type third party filters


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Hi All,

Was wondering if any of you here had tried the Cokin third party filers.

The price is less than half of Cokin. The material is acrylic.

Any comment on the pros and cons will be very much appreciated.

Thank you.
 

catchlights

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Cokin is already a well known third party France brand filter for cheap and poor photographers almost 40 years, so now you are looking for another third party knock off product of Cokin?

I think I will use them as coaster instead.
 

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Cokin is already a well known third party France brand filter for cheap and poor photographers almost 40 years, so now you are looking for another third party knock off product of Cokin?

I think I will use them as coaster instead.
Hi catchlights,

Thanks for your advise. Was thinking Cokin is the original and expensive...
 

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One brand using the same dimensions and acrylic material is Tian Ya. Many report colour casts when using them, especially the ND types. You get what you pay for.
 

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One brand using the same dimensions and acrylic material is Tian Ya. Many report colour casts when using them, especially the ND types. You get what you pay for.
Hi Octarine,

Thks for your input. So I guess the best will be to stick to glass type, which will cost a bomb....:cry:
 

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Hi catchlights,

Thanks for your advise. Was thinking Cokin is the original and expensive...
Cokin is dirt cheap... and already exhibits some serious issues when stacked.

The expensive ones are Lee filters.
Hitech used to be good but now has serious issues as well. Their more expensive line Formatt filters are good but very expensive.
If you want cheap and good, you can try out Haida filters. But not all their filters are great. Their 10 stop NDs are incredibly good.

You can read up some info on filters here: http://www.clubsnap.com/forums/showthread.php?t=803029
 

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Cokin is dirt cheap... and already exhibits some serious issues when stacked.

The expensive ones are Lee filters.
Hitech used to be good but now has serious issues as well. Their more expensive line Formatt filters are good but very expensive.
If you want cheap and good, you can try out Haida filters. But not all their filters are great. Their 10 stop NDs are incredibly good.

You can read up some info on filters here: http://www.clubsnap.com/forums/showthread.php?t=803029
Hi daredevil123,

Thks for your comments and the link.

The purpose of the thread is because I want to try out using ND and because I have Nikon and Oly system, tot it will be more economical to get a square type filter so as to share between the two system :D
 

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Hi daredevil123,

Thks for your comments and the link.

The purpose of the thread is because I want to try out using ND and because I have Nikon and Oly system, tot it will be more economical to get a square type filter so as to share between the two system :D
I would recommend talking to PhotosphereSG. They have a 85mm filter holder that will work OK without vignetting even for Fullframe Nikon at 16mm UWA. That will reduce the amount/size of gear you have to carry, as well as saving you some money. What I got was Haida's 10stop ND, and some GNDs from a European brand. I got it all from PhotosphereSG. You can check them out or talk to one of the two bosses. They are photographers themselves so they use the gear. Best to pick their minds and get a system that can best suit your needs.
 

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I would recommend talking to PhotosphereSG. They have a 85mm filter holder that will work OK without vignetting even for Fullframe Nikon at 16mm UWA. That will reduce the amount/size of gear you have to carry, as well as saving you some money. What I got was Haida's 10stop ND, and some GNDs from a European brand. I got it all from PhotosphereSG. You can check them out or talk to one of the two bosses. They are photographers themselves so they use the gear. Best to pick their minds and get a system that can best suit your needs.
Hi daredevil123

Thanks for the advise, appreciate it :D
 

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I am back after spending a night and 3/4 today reading all 29 pages in the filter guide thread :confused:

One question, assuming shutter speed is 1/60 and I am using ND2, the calculation will be 0.03333. How do we convert back to usable value in the camera ? (Sorry if it sounds noob, but I got F9 for math)....

Any help will be much appreciated. Thks :D
 

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Don't use decimal fraction.
ND2 halves the amount of light. Therefore the calculation is 1/60 / 1/2 = 1/30. This, converted into a decimal fraction, is 0.03.
 

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Don't use decimal fraction.
ND2 halves the amount of light. Therefore the calculation is 1/60 / 1/2 = 1/30. This, converted into a decimal fraction, is 0.03.
Hi Octarine,

Thanks for your swift assistance :D

So if I use, say ND4, and shutter speed is 1/60, I will use 1/60 / 1/4 = 1/25, correct ?
 

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No. Your Math is really off [emoji1]
1/60 / 1/4 = 1/15.
Wah lau.... Like that I also screwed up.... No wonder never pass my math :embrass:

Hi Octarine,

Really appreciate your swift assistance and correction on my math :D

Thanks a lot :cheers:
 

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Wah lau.... Like that I also screwed up.... No wonder never pass my math :embrass: Hi Octarine, Really appreciate your swift assistance and correction on my math :D Thanks a lot :cheers:
Or just get an app for it. Tons of it available for android or iOS.
 

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Or just get an app for it. Tons of it available for android or iOS.
Hi G-man,

Thanks for your suggestion. It will be good if you can share the name of the apps cos I use my phone primarily for phone calls, sms and whatsapp. Not into downloading stuff into my phone...
Oh, also do screen shot and take pictures :embrass:
 

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