View Full Version : Cokin "A" series or "p" series Filter System
2007 July 21st, 23:06
I have the P system alread but it seems too big for the stock lense, even in wide focal length. Any feeling or experience with the smaller "A" series for this camera. I like the Cokin graduated, circular polarizer and soft focus filters.
2007 July 22nd, 12:16
The Cinetactics (http://www.cinetactics.com/Page.bok?template=c_canon_hv20) soft matte box is available with both sizes of Cokin holders. Might be worth it since you already have some P size filters ...
2007 July 22nd, 13:23
Unfortunately, you can't (effectively) use an ND grad with the Cintactics matte box. There's simply no way to adjust the filter up/down to get the grad edge where you need it. I'm going to try to experiment with pushing the Cintactics further back (on the WD-H43 body) to see if that allows me any more room, but I have my doubts.
I'm going to glue a step-up ring to the front of the WD to take it to 77mm and then use a Cokin 77mm ring to mount the P holder. Another issue I have though is that my grads (Galen Rowell/Singh-Ray) are longer than the standard P Cokins are, making it even more problematic.
I'm considering cutting a slot in the top and bottom of the Cintactics to allow the filter to be adjusted up-down in order to be able to line up the grad edge properly. This should allow the filter to poke through yet keep light incursion to a minimum.
While I will use a polarizer (or even stack two to get an ND effect), and use grads, I would do all other effects (soft focus, warming etc) in post.
I'd not even bother with Cokin filters.
They were cool in the day when we didn't have a computer to change the image, and used them with 35mm film cams but nowadays, I'd just shoot straight into the cam, with only using filters that one [possibly] can't reproduce in post, i.e. polarizer, & ND & close-up.
And a B+W Linear Polarizer with Kaesemann glass will beat the pants of anything Cokin.
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