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    Filter Brand

    Hello everyone,

    I'm pondering filters for my new 35mm gear/lenses and thought I would see if anyone has any experience with Cokin filters (www.cokin.com).

    My main interest in this brand is to facilitate having a single filter (system) that will match any size lens diameter. So I won't need to carry a 77mm and a 67mm of the same type.

    Does anyone have any experience with the Cokin brand? Also, are there other recommendations besides Cokin?

    Thanks for considering my questions.

    ~Jeff
    Last edited by nufe; 12-27-2008 at 11:15 PM. Click to view previous post history.

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    You mean Cokin, right? Lee also makes similar filters I believe. The problem with the Cokins is that they scratch easily.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Markok765 View Post
    You mean Cokin, right? Lee also makes similar filters I believe. The problem with the Cokins is that they scratch easily.

    Yes, I mean Cokin.

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    You can get similar interchangeability by using step down rings. Buy the largest filter you need and step down rings for any other sizes. I use 58mm filters on 55/52/49mm dia. lenses.
    IN total agreement w/marko re the durability of the Cokin plastic filters.
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    There are some very good scratch proof coatings for plastics, I'm surprised Cokin doesn't use them.
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    I must admit that i haven't seen Cokin filters up close for a long while.
    But that is because when i did, they were appallingly bad. Dreadful.

    Warped. Uneven colour. Wrong colour. Schlieren in the material. Just 'plain old' rubbish.

    Lee makes filters that are beyond all reproach. Very good.
    Cromatek is a bit less expensive (i believe - haven't checked lately) and are very good too.
    So i see no reason to waste money on Cokin filters.
    But 'ymmv', and all that.

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    I've not had QG's problem with Cokin, though I agree that Lee are better if you can afford them. My gripe with Cokin is that their ND filters are not actually neutral: they tend to impart a slightly warm cast, and of course they scratch easily if not cared for...

    I do also find the holder (P series) rather cumbersome so usually use screw-in filters with view cameras, or when discretion is required...

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    Buy the best filters you can possibly afford, don't save money on filters, I only use B+W glass filters or Nikon, they are made of the highest quality optical glass.

    Choose wisely!


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    I've never used Cokin so I cannot really comment. But I have found Hoya screw on filters with step-up adapters to be very good.

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    Hello,

    They make (made? - are they still making filters?) a pro line as well that was much higher quality and would not scratch (as easily).

    Cokins were the first "effect" filters I ever owned, back in the early 80's. Let's just say that the results made me swear off filters completely until a few years ago when I started using polarixers.

    Here are the filters I use / prefer, in order:

    -Leica
    -Minolta
    -Nikon
    -Hoya ultra thins (for wide angle)
    -Tiffen, "Moose" filters only*

    That's all.



    *Used Tiffen "Moose" filters on my AF Nikkor lens shots outdoors for years. Don't own any anymore, so I don't use them (Leicas and Rokkors are naturally warm).
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