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DanP68

« on: March 27, 2008, 04:03 »
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I am looking into purchasing a few Singh-Ray soft step ND grad filters.  Their website refers to using it with the Cokin P holder, which is available cheaply online.

The only filter I've ever used is a screw on circular polarizer, so I am a little lost here.  Ideally, how many filter slots do I want to have available, and which holder do you recommend?  Is there anything I want to add to my setup?  I have mainly 58mm and 77mm size Canon lenses.

Secondly, once I have the filters and the kit, do I need a special lens hood that will fit over this set up?  I am assuming I won't be able to use the hoods which came with the lenses?

Finally, does anyone have any experience with the Singh-Ray Color Intensifying Filters?  The results look interesting.


GWB

« Reply #1 on: March 27, 2008, 15:42 »
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I've used the Cokin P holder with their filters but not the Singh-Rays.  No, you can't use a lens hood with the adapter attached.  I've seen videos of nature photographer Art Wolfe using grad filters but he does not use the holder.  He just holds it up in front of the lens by hand.  After a while I started doing the same thing.  Much faster and you can keep your hood on. 

G~

« Reply #2 on: March 27, 2008, 17:33 »
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there is a hood available to go on the holder and still get the filters in place (but I haven't got one).

http://cgi.ebay.com.au/Genuine-COKIN-P-Series-FILTER-HOLDER-HOOD-P255-CAP_W0QQitemZ150227090927QQihZ005QQcategoryZ30066QQrdZ1QQssPageNameZWD2VQQcmdZViewItem?_trksid=p1638.m122

(just the first one that come up searching cokin hood on ebay)

I read in one book how the author cut the extra holder parts off so that it only held one filter.

personally I have 2 x 2 stop nd grads that I use with either 1 or both at same time (cheap ones that are on the list to be replaced with a 2 stop and a 4 stop) and a blue nd grad that very rarely use.

Phil

DanP68

« Reply #3 on: March 27, 2008, 22:19 »
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Thank you guys.

« Reply #4 on: March 28, 2008, 06:07 »
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There are two kinds of Cokin-P filter holders: one holds 3 filters, another ("slim" design) holds only one. I got both, since they are cheap (not so Singh-Ray filters, bot they are well worth the price you pay).

« Reply #5 on: March 28, 2008, 09:19 »
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I have the singh-ray ND grad with Cokin P. Great filter. After a while I also just started to hold it up to the lens (unless doing long exposures :)).

Also, fyi, the one problem with the Cokin P and wide-angle lenses is that below 17mm you see the frame of the filter holder. They may have corrected this since. Not sure.

-Steve

DanP68

« Reply #6 on: March 28, 2008, 12:57 »
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Thanks Steve.  Widest angle I have right now is 24mm, but I'll keep that in mind for the future.  I like the idea of holding the filter up to the lens too.  Seems to be the quickest solution, and obviously the easiest to manipulate.  I'll order the Cokin P holder and plan on hand holding a good portion of the time.

« Reply #7 on: March 28, 2008, 13:51 »
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I have the cokin p holder that only hold one filter. That was made to avoid the holder showing in wide angle lens as far as I know. I have no problem with my 17-40 but thats on a 40d 1.6 crop so can't be sure .


 

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