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Old 10-01-2010, 00:36   #1 (permalink)
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I am looking to get some filters for landscape photography.

I was thinking about graduated ND filters. But please let me know if I am barking up the wrong tree.

Would you recommend the Cokin range of filters, the P type I think.

Also what level of ND would you suggest to get me going. e.g. ND2, 4, 8 etc?

Help is most appreciated!
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Old 10-01-2010, 00:53   #2 (permalink)
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Think I would go for a polariser first.
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Old 10-01-2010, 08:34   #3 (permalink)
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I'm still sitting on the fence with other filters (other than CP that is, the only filter that really can't be emulated in software), preferring to blend a couple of images to achieve the same thing (but with better control IMHO). When I eventually get off the fence I expect it'll be in a Lee direction
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Thanks for that.

I have polarising filters for all my lenses already.

I take lots of pictures of my fish tank and they are useful to cut through the glass 'so to speak'.
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Go with jake on that 1
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Grads can be useful. Personally I would not go for Cokin. Lee are probably the best - but also the most expensive. There are other good makes, I think that P-E uses B&W, but I think that good value is the 'own brand' four filter ND set from SRB-Gitram at £46 for the P size. They are actually Hi-Tech filters. You can get them in soft or hard transition to suit different lenses. Soft better for wide angle and hard for longer focal lengths.

SRB also sell Lee filters so you can compare prices, but a graduated ND set of three is £135. Your choice!
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Grads can be useful. Personally I would not go for Cokin. Lee are probably the best - but also the most expensive. There are other good makes, I think that P-E uses B&W, but I think that good value is the 'own brand' four filter ND set from SRB-Gitram at £46 for the P size. They are actually Hi-Tech filters. You can get them in soft or hard transition to suit different lenses. Soft better for wide angle and hard for longer focal lengths.

SRB also sell Lee filters so you can compare prices, but a graduated ND set of three is £135. Your choice!
Thanks for that I'll take a look.

I'm curious though, why not Cokin?
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Grads can be useful. Personally I would not go for Cokin. Lee are probably the best - but also the most expensive. There are other good makes, I think that P-E uses B&W, but I think that good value is the 'own brand' four filter ND set from SRB-Gitram at £46 for the P size. They are actually Hi-Tech filters. You can get them in soft or hard transition to suit different lenses. Soft better for wide angle and hard for longer focal lengths.

SRB also sell Lee filters so you can compare prices, but a graduated ND set of three is £135. Your choice!
And what filter sizes would you recommend to get started ND2, ND4, ND8 etc.

Thanks again.
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I'm curious though, why not Cokin?
There used to be issues with colour casts with Cokin - possibly due to their quality control methods. Might not be an issue now

If you don't want a set of grads I think the two middle ones from the SRB set (or equivalents) will be most useful as you can stack them (not ideal) to get a third darker filter. you can also offset them to get a bigger transition area.

If you go for a square system you will need a filter holder too.
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There used to be issues with colour casts with Cokin - possibly due to their quality control methods. Might not be an issue now

If you don't want a set of grads I think the two middle ones from the SRB set (or equivalents) will be most useful as you can stack them (not ideal) to get a third darker filter. you can also offset them to get a bigger transition area.

If you go for a square system you will need a filter holder too.
I was going to go for a square system to fit my 18-200mm lens.

Do you think it is worth going for the set then with as per this link?

SRB-Griturn landscape filter module
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I was going to go for a square system to fit my 18-200mm lens.

Do you think it is worth going for the set then with as per this link?

SRB-Griturn landscape filter module
Personally I'd stick to the grads. Not keen on effects filters but it depends on what YOU want to do. If you use a sunset filter (for instance) and the shot does not turn out well when you look at it on your monitor, you have no options. You are stuck with the effects filtered image. If you apply the sunset filter in post processing and it does not turn out well you can bin it and you still have your original to work on again provided you saved any processed files separately. It is very difficult/impossible to undo effects filters in post processing.
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