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    Default Filter systems

    I have the Cokin P system holder and a few filters, the most useful of which are the ND grads.
    I read somewhere that these filters degrade with age, and Lee date stamp theirs recommending that you change them every 3 years.
    I am thinking of renewing them and was also thinking of upgrading to either the Z Pro series or the Lee Seven5.
    From your experience is there any advantage to going for the more expensive filters?
    I believe colour cast is the main problem with cheaper filters but that this can be corrected in PS.

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    Default Re: Filter systems

    I use the Lee 100mm system but I understand their newer Seven5 system may suit m4/3 better. I'm happy with it. Quality is high which it should be considering the cost of the lens it sits in front of. I mostly use ND grads and a polarizer. Thinking of getting a super stopper for a bit of fun with fuzzy water shots.
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    Default Re: Filter systems

    I seriously doubt filters become "old". And certainly not 3 years. Smells like a ton of marketing BS.

    I've got some Cokin A filters that I bought for $1 (that's another thing to keep in mind - the resale value of these is terrible, and filter makers have to fight the used market somehow), and they've got to be over a decade old.

    And Cokin certainly isn't cheap. Not one of the expensive brands, but certainly not cheap like some of the "made for Lee" China no-names floating on ebay.

    Ultimately, whether or not you need new filters is something you'll run into yourself. Lenses like the 7-14mm f/2.8 will need big filters. Or if you see a difference in sharpness if you take a picture with/without the filter.

    I wouldn't worry about color cast, plenty of expensive filters give you a color cast, just change the temperature in PS.
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