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Sep 06, 2012 18:06 |  #1

Since I have never used a graduated neutral density filter before, thought I would buy a cheap kit and see how I like it.

I bought a Cokin Neutral Graduated Starter Kit, which includes the P series filter holder.

My question is since I'm using the P series holder, am I restricted to only using the Cokin filters? I thought I saw somewhere on the B & H website that the filter was 85 X 85mm or 3.35" X 3.35". Are there any other size filters that I can use?

Any other info you can give me would greatly be appreciated.


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Sep 06, 2012 19:21 |  #2

You can't use other sizes, but hitech make P size filters, as do singh ray I believe. However, given that you have a 10-22, I recommend not buying anymore P size equipment, and using what you have now to see if you like using square filters or not, then upgrading to the Lee or Z-Pro in the future.


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Sep 06, 2012 19:32 |  #3

Yup, Hitech and Singh Ray both make filters in that size. As long as they share those dimensions, they ought to work fine in your Cokin holder.

I'd lean toward backing Sirrith's suggestion, though, of figuring out whether you like and will continue to shoot with those sorts of filters, using what you have now; and then saving/planning for moving to the larger filters, like Lee. The rectangular filters are nice to use and give you more room to play with in adjusting your filters and where they sit in the holder.


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Sep 06, 2012 19:57 |  #4

filters are not cheap, especially those good brands. I was at the point to think of buying a kit but not sure if i would really like to use it and therefore justify the cost. I ended up bought one piece of hi-tech 4x6 2-stop soft GND without the holder and would hand-held it (had no preference on brand or quality or hint but made the decision purely based on the size and the price).

I bought it for about a year now and this summer is the first time I used it when I was visiting Yosemite. Does it worth the money? Well, i would not be able to get the picture if i dont have it, but I may still think i will not go for the whole kit based on the price and how frequently I am using it.

You have to know what you want then the suggestions can be helpful.

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Sep 07, 2012 17:43 |  #5

Nice photo of Half Dome. I just came back from Yosemite a week ago and there were so many shots I wanted to get but the sky was blown out. I had forgotten to take my polarizing filter too so that didn't help. Thanks for all the suggestions, I'm excited to see what results I get from my starter kit.


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