Opinion on the Cokin Filter System


#1
Hello.

I came upon this Cokin Filter system thing when I was doing search on the internet for my new filters. It looks really ideal for landscape work which is what I am planning to do and it could stack 3 filters at a go just by slotting the filters in. I am planning to stack GND and Polarizing filter by the way.

So, could anyone share your experience on it –How's the glass (filter) quality compared to B+W or Hoya? How's the ease of use compared to screw-in filters?

Thanks.
 

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DonnyDan

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I guess no photographer really want to have a screw in GND. I suggest you make a comparison on COKIN, LEE, HITECH and Singh-Ray. Unless you are comparing with ND filter, B+W is good.
 

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Hello.

I came upon this Cokin Filter system thing when I was doing search on the internet for my new filters. It looks really ideal for landscape work which is what I am planning to do and it could stack 3 filters at a go just by slotting the filters in. I am planning to stack GND and Polarizing filter by the way.

So, could anyone share your experience on it –How's the glass (filter) quality compared to B+W or Hoya? How's the ease of use compared to screw-in filters?

Thanks.
i'm using cokin and tianya.. these are more flexible than screw-in...

in terms of optics, of course b+w will be better... but if u want to use gnd, it is advised not to use screw in... else how do u adjust the filter to fit the horizon?
 

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I am also gonna get Cokin with gradual ND filters soon. I think the flexibility of Cokin is something that cannot be compared with screw-in filters. Seems like I have to get the X-Pro series so my 17mm lens won't vignette.
 

hanzohattori

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I tried Cokin grey GND before. It will give the image a color cast. Try Lee instead.
 

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good system.... except....

..... the filters are made of some platic material so its easily scratched/damaged.... u have to be careful using them

i suggest getting the bigger P sized cokin filters to avoid vignetting

also suggest getting larger sized lens thread ring (i use 82mm) and just buy step up rings to compensate
 

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If you are using UWA lens, you cannot use the 3 slot holder.
 

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Cokin system requires a little more time to setup and dismantel.

It's good if you have lenses of various diameter.
 

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Thanks to everybody who has responded. I will definitely consider other brand too. Either way I found the following on Cokin's homepage–
- «A» Series is recommended for focal lengths from 35mm onwards (35mm format).
- «P» Series is recommended for focal lengths from 28mm onwards (35mm format).
- «Z-PRO» Series is recommended for focal lengths from 20mm onwards (35mm format).
- «X-PRO» Series is recommended for focal lengths from15mm onwards (35mm format).
Does the focal length given, for example, the 20mm for Z Pro series refers to the effective focal length or the focal length on your lens. So, could I use the Z series if my Tamron 17-50 on a camera with a 1.6x crop sensor has a effective focal length of (17*1.6=27.2mm)
 

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If you are using your Tamron 17-50mm f2.8 (I assume it's not a FF), you don't even need the Z filter holder. The normal P holder will suffice.

However, if you, forsee yourself upgrading to a FF DSLR or were to get a superwide (e.g. Sigma 10-20mm, Tamron 11-16mm, Tokina 12-24mm) soon, it's better to purchase the "P-wide filter holder (with one slot) right away. The P-wide enables you to shoot at 20mm without vignetting. Anything less than 20mm and you have to improvise the P-wide :)

Or get the Z or X series holder.

If money ain't a problem, go the LEE route.
 

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If you are using your Tamron 17-50mm f2.8 (I assume it's not a FF), you don't even need the Z filter holder. The normal P holder will suffice.

However, if you, forsee yourself upgrading to a FF DSLR or were to get a superwide (e.g. Sigma 10-20mm, Tamron 11-16mm, Tokina 12-24mm) soon, it's better to purchase the "P-wide filter holder (with one slot) right away. The P-wide enables you to shoot at 20mm without vignetting. Anything less than 20mm and you have to improvise the P-wide :)

Or get the Z or X series holder.

If money ain't a problem, go the LEE route.
Unfortunately, I would most likely use more than 1 filter at a time. LEE is too expensive :/
 

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#12
Hello.

I came upon this Cokin Filter system thing when I was doing search on the internet for my new filters. It looks really ideal for landscape work which is what I am planning to do and it could stack 3 filters at a go just by slotting the filters in. I am planning to stack GND and Polarizing filter by the way.

So, could anyone share your experience on it –How's the glass (filter) quality compared to B+W or Hoya? How's the ease of use compared to screw-in filters?

Thanks.
My experience with it aint good a year back, color cast post a serious issue (nt quite easily fixed post).. Good for a start but as you seek to improve as time goes by and expectations get higher, go for Lee or if not at least Hitech.. :)
 

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