monteycarlos
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Cokin Filter Set Question

Wed Apr 18, 2007 6:25 pm

Hi Again,

I looking to buy some Cokin filters but came to the realise that they are quite over-priced here in camera stores. I've tried to buy them on eBay but the ones I want are not there, and I am not convinced that all of them are actual Cokin products.

Is there some kind of online store (prefereably in the US) where I can order such products and have them shipped to Australia? I would like to do it whilst the US dollar is weak as it makes everything so much cheaper for me!!

Any advice would be great.

Carl
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CalgaryBill
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RE: Cokin Filter Set Question

Wed Apr 18, 2007 11:31 pm

I'm not sure what's going on with Cokin these days - I've been told that they are only being brought into Canada on special order and most camera stores won't special order them, or they take 6 months to arrive. Which filters are you looking for?

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RE: Cokin Filter Set Question

Wed Apr 18, 2007 11:36 pm

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RE: Cokin Filter Set Question

Thu Apr 19, 2007 1:26 am

Quoting CalgaryBill (Reply 1):
I'm not sure what's going on with Cokin these days - I've been told that they are only being brought into Canada on special order and most camera stores won't special order them

Not much to do with Canada, and everything with the decline of quality products in photography (and especially filters) in favour of "fixing it in Photoshop" (preferably pirated).
Most people no longer buy filters, thinking they can do it all on the computer afterwards. That includes a lot of people who would use filters (and especially the kind of filters that Cokin makes) in the past.
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monteycarlos
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RE: Cokin Filter Set Question

Thu Apr 19, 2007 7:25 am

Quoting CalgaryBill (Reply 1):
Which filters are you looking for?

Graduated Gray's (P Series), 77mm Ring Adapter, the filter holder, probably a Circular polarizer, maybe an 8 and 16 star filter and that would be about it.

Quoting Jan Mogren (Reply 2):
Try here
http://www.bhphotovideo.com/bnh/cont...=9308

Thanks Jan... I'll take a look.

Quoting Jwenting (Reply 3):
Not much to do with Canada, and everything with the decline of quality products in photography (and especially filters) in favour of "fixing it in Photoshop" (preferably pirated).

I'd prefer to stay old school. I'm not that good with photoshop and I'd like to get as much of the image right the first time so there is less trace editing.

I actually ordered some cokin filters off eBay and when they were delivered I found out they weren't cokin at all. Not going to bother trying to get my cash back because they didn't cost that much to begin with.
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CalgaryBill
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RE: Cokin Filter Set Question

Thu Apr 19, 2007 8:57 am

Quoting Monteycarlos (Reply 4):
Graduated Gray's (P Series), 77mm Ring Adapter, the filter holder, probably a Circular polarizer, maybe an 8 and 16 star filter and that would be about it.

I used to have a couple graduated Cokins but they're short (square) so you can't adjust them much. Lee filters are longer but be warned - they're more expensive! With a polarizer, you might want to buy a really good brand name filter (I use B+W) as I think the Cokin one is resin or plastic. You can buy a really big one (the biggest any current or future lens might take) then just buy step rings for each lens so you can use it on any lens.

Quoting Monteycarlos (Reply 4):
I'd prefer to stay old school. I'm not that good with photoshop and I'd like to get as much of the image right the first time so there is less trace editing.

Stuff like polarization can't be created in photoshop anyway, at least not if reflections are blowing highlights. For static shots you can fake things like the neutral grey filter by bracketing, then merging photos together in PS. You can either layer them manually, or use the HDR tool.

Quoting Monteycarlos (Reply 4):
I actually ordered some cokin filters off eBay and when they were delivered I found out they weren't cokin at all. Not going to bother trying to get my cash back because they didn't cost that much to begin with.

Sorry to hear that - too much of that going on...

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RE: Cokin Filter Set Question

Thu Apr 19, 2007 11:27 am

Try these guys, have heard good things about them in other photography forums and looks like they will ship international.

http://www.2filters.com/
 
monteycarlos
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RE: Cokin Filter Set Question

Thu Apr 19, 2007 4:57 pm

Quoting CalgaryBill (Reply 5):
With a polarizer, you might want to buy a really good brand name filter (I use B+W) as I think the Cokin one is resin or plastic.

I was only going to get the Cokin one because it slots into the holder, and you can't mount the adapter ring on a normal filter unless it is double threaded.

Quoting CalgaryBill (Reply 5):
You can buy a really big one (the biggest any current or future lens might take) then just buy step rings for each lens so you can use it on any lens.

Thats the arrangement I have at the moment. I think the P Series Cokin filters cover lenses up to 88mm or something like that.

Quoting CalgaryBill (Reply 5):
For static shots you can fake things like the neutral grey filter by bracketing, then merging photos together in PS. You can either layer them manually, or use the HDR tool.

Hmmm, true but its a fiddly process and my CS2 skills aren't that good.

Quoting SEAchaz (Reply 6):
Try these guys, have heard good things about them in other photography forums and looks like they will ship international.

http://www.2filters.com/

Thanks. I'll shoot them an email and ask about rates to Australia.
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