Does anyone know if Lee filters will fit into Cokin holders?
Does anyone know if Lee filters will fit into Cokin holders?
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They fit the Cokin Z-Pro system
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Thanks for the replies. The Lee holders are very pricey.
Lee filters are pricey but from what i have read on them they are very good weather they are twice as good when you get one let all of us know if we should upgrade from cokin to Lee
I have just invested in the Lee filters (ND soft grad set) bought, with a Lee 10 holder wallet, from the UK. They were much cheaper. I thought I had ordered the holder and ring but something went wrong and I had not. I bought it a Vanbar, and they got it o me in 48 hours in time for this trip.
The holders are far and away better than the Cokin. You can buy more bits and stack them so ypou cvan fir 5-6 filters. The filters are superb! As far as I am concerned (IMHO) Cokin are not even in the same 'ball park' - and I am a long time enthusiast of Cokin filters. The investment is well worth it. I plan to get a few more as I go, a grad set (think it is sunset) which has a tobacco and a couple of others.
See if you can find a local stockist and have a look so ypu can compare for yourself.
If you are near the Gold Coast you can come and look at my filters if you like (LOL at the unintended pun here!), or I hope to be at the meetup in a week or two.
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Vanbar (I thought I ordered one from the British mob but it didn't register), but the filter set and 10 filter case (very nice too, good padding etc) I got from a British site Teamwork Digital. .
With the $AUD being so high it is a better choice now for them, the price plus exchange is lower, and if your purchase is under $1000.00 customs don't pester you at all.
That said, I got fantastic service and assistance from Vanbar.
I invested in Lee filters.
I bought the following:
- Lee Foundation Kit (ie, the holder);
- 82mm wide-angle adapter (to mount the holder to the lens);
- 0.6 (two-stop) 6 x 4" soft GND filter; and
- 0.9 (three-stop) 6 x 4" soft GND filter.
I bought all of the above from www.studiokitdirect.co.uk.
At the time (April, 2009), the UK price came to £181.25, and the amount debited by Studio Kit Direct totalled $378.67.
Locally, Vanbar wanted $577.50 for the same gear!
I steered clear of the Cokin filters, as they are known to introduce a magenta/purple colour cast. See the following image and discussion for details:
Interestingly a reasonably recent thread here on AP, found that Canon users experienced it much more often than Nikon users, which had us wondering about the mechanics of the camera's being part of the cause (possibly the filter on the front of the sensor exacerbating the cast). So we started to postulate that the cause is a combination of things, not just the filters themselves.
My conclusion is the colour cast can and does happen, but it is over represented as a reason not to buy Cokin.
One person in a discussion on Flickr claimed that the colour cast only happens if you stack grads. I stack mine, so that result wouldn't be acceptable to me.
Another person in the same thread went out and stacked his Cokins, and got the colour cast.
One other person claimed that the issue only arises when the camera is set to auto white balance.
Here's the thread:
Do you have a link to that thread, by any chance? It'd be interesting to read.
From what I have observed, stacking of Cokins results in the colour cast.
When you experienced the colour cast, did you have filters stacked? If so, what filters were they?
Brent shoots Nikon, whereas I shoot Canon.
I haven't actually tried the Cokin filters with my gear, but his findings alone were enough to steer me clear of the Cokin GNDs.
Frankly the apparent unpredictability of the Mysterious Magenta Maelstrom isn't something that rests well either.
The only complaint I'd offer about the Lee filters is that they're considerably more expensive. :-)
I stack both my ND grads and my ND's all the time, and have experienced the magenta cast once only. Tried to find the other thread using search and couldn't locate it, but it was a few months ago now.
I have chosen to use the lee filters ...
However, I thought I am smart and use them with the Cokin Z-pro system on my Sigma 10-20mm with a 77mm adapter. Cokin because I thought it is cheaper and the filters are the important part.
whilst Cokin might work well with most Lee GND or whatever filters, I don't think the Big Stopper does.
The big stopper is my first filter.
I get flare on every shot looking quite similar - one circular segment above and one below.
First I had the view finder not covered.
But after taking care of that, the flare was exactly the same.
Just then I examined the filter and the holder again and noticed that the foam backing on the Big Stopper does not correspond with the Cokin frame. I.e. some sections of the foam are not touching the filter backing plate - possibly allowing light to enter.
I looked further and found another light source. It is at the connection of adapter to filter holder: there are gaps in places, maybe less than a 10th of a mm which also could allow light to enter.
Ps Is the Cokin Z system made of hard plastic ? (just wondering if I got a genuine one)
Yes the Cokin holder is made of plastic. I've just recently bought a big stopper and noticed the same gaps around the foam as you have. When i get time I'm going to mod my cokin holder to hopefully fill those gaps - otherwise I'll have to toss it and get a Lee holder.
falke, I took mine out a couple of weeks ago for the sculptures by the sea and didn't see the problem you mentioned. Are you mounting the filter on the front side of the holder or the back? If you reverse the cokin holder then the big stopper will seal better. There is still a bit of a light gap, but not much.
My take on it and to give an answer to your question is to break it down into
(A) What software is used for post? Not all programs can recreate the effects of filters but many of those programs can produce excellent developments of photographs.
(B) How deep is your wallet? A few pieces of coloured plastic and a filter holder are considerably less expensive than CS5.
Both methods can completely ruin a good photograph if used incorrectly, the software option at least gives you the option of erasing your mistakes but I would prefer be out there taking photographs and how to use the filters rather than sitting at a pc / mac.