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    Filters for large format cameras?

    Hi, I'm quite new to large format and I have a question about filters, basically I've always been fond of Cokin filters so that's what I'm going to aim at getting. I have a bit of confusion of what ones to get though because there are 4 types, A,P,Z,X Which would be best suited to large format because I originally thought as long as the filter covers the lens it will work? On the Cokin website it does however state that the Z or X are ok.

    Is anyone using the P series filters on a large format camera, 4X5 size film?
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    Kinda depends on the lens, no? My most often used lenses for 4x5 have 46mm threads (1 Fuji) and 67mm threads (1 Fuji & 1 Nikkor). My Kodak Ektar 127mm lens uses slip on Series VI. I have an assortment of B+W & heliopan filters in 46mm & 67mm. Horses for courses.
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    I have a compendium shade that has a built in 3x3 filter holder, I can use it with any lens.
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    I use the P series for both 4x5 and 8x10.
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    I use P series as a standard. They are large enough for my largest lens, and then I use the adapter rings that I need for each lens.
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    I don't use filters extensively, but when I do, I used Cokin P.

    Both of my 4x5 lenses have a 67mm front thread, so one adapter ring, and one filter holder, is all I need.
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    I use the A filters. They are more than large enough for every lens I use in 4x5 and the 35mm and 120 cameras where it doesn't block the viewfinder. The only lens I use on my 4x5 right now is an old Calumet 6", which is one of the smallest lenses I have in any format. I had to use 2 step up rings just to get the smallest A filter holder ring on it.

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    Hitech has a nice system for 100mm filters.

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    If you are scanning and editing your images in Photo Shop CS5, you can always choose to apply your filters during that process. This is something I am considering doing because the capability is there to do it after the fact and you work with layers you can apply different filters to different parts of the image. I am also new to large format but my process is to develop in a daylight tank and then make a quality scan and work from there.

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    Quote Originally Posted by ralnphot View Post
    I have a compendium shade that has a built in 3x3 filter holder, I can use it with any lens.
    Rick, might I ask what compendium you are using?
    WYSIWYG - At least that's my goal.

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