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    Default Filter sizes & holders

    I've been using Cokin P series ND grad filters for a while. The filters themselves are generally satisfactory, but the holder is a different story. When shooting wide, vignetting problems start at about 20mm, plus the holder can't be secured so it rotates too easily if bumped or jarred. As a result, I don't use ND grads as much as I should, and that's cost me some shots.

    So two questions here: What filter size do you suggest to minimize vignetting when shooting wide, say with the 12-60 or 9-18? And what filter holder(s) won't rotate?

    Finances probably limit me to resin filters since I'll need to buy several filters at once along with a holder.

    Thanks in advance for your suggestions and advice!

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    Default Re: Filter sizes & holders

    The newer Cokin holders seem to have a tighter fit to the adapter ring. I always use the Cokin WIDE ANGLE holder and have no problems.
    There is a small tab that comes in contact with the adapter ring and I have added a shim which creates a little more drag on the adapter
    ring and keeps the holder from moving. Otherwise, the Chinese copies of Cokin might be worth looking into since they are much cheaper.
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    Default Re: Filter sizes & holders

    I have also had good luck with the Cokin wide angle holder. I have used it with the 9-18 lens at 9mm without any vignetting.

    Edit - just to elaborate, I used a Cokin P-series wide-angle holder, plus a 72mm Cokin adapter, mounted on the 9-18 lens. As I said, no vignetting, even at 9mm. Note that the wide-angle holder will only hold ONE filter, unlike the regular holders which hold 3 (I think).
    Last edited by RAH; 11-24-2012 at 07:19 AM.
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    Default Re: Filter sizes & holders

    Thanks, guys! I've been using a standard P-series holder (Rich: You're correct, the standard holder has 3 filter slots) and will take a look at the wide angle holder. Didn't know there was one until you told me -- another of the many things I've learned on this forum.

    John
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    Default Re: Filter sizes & holders

    Some people just cut off the extra two slots of the P holder. Viola! wide angle holder.
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    Comments/criticisms are just my personal opinion and are meant to be constructive. Please feel free to do the same for me.


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    Default Re: Filter sizes & holders -- Cokin wide angle filter holder

    For anyone looking at this thread for information -- here's a link to the B & H web page for the Cokin P Series wide angle filter holder: www.bhphotovideo.com/c/product/628301-REG/Cokin_CBPW400_BPW400_Wide_Angle_Filter.html US$26.95 at time of posting.

    FWIW

    John
    Old enough to know better, young enough not to care.
    E-5, E-3, E-500; ZD 9-18, 12-60, 14-54 I, 35, 50, 50-200 SWD, PL 25; EC-14; FL-50, HLD-4
    E-M5; m.ZD 12-50, MMF-3, HLD-6
    Nikon D800,
    Nikkor 14-24mm f/2.8G ED, 24-70mm f/2.8G ED, 70-200mm f/2.8G ED VR II, 80-400mm f/4.5-5.6G ED VR II, 105mm f/2.8G ED IF VR micro
    B+W & Cokin filters, Giottos MT-8361 tripod with Acratech GP ball head

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