Cokin Filter

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  1. dEARlEADER

    dEARlEADER TPF Noob!

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    I'm about to order the Cokin P series filter system...

    My first filter will be a 2 stop ND Grad...

    Got a little money left over for a coloured filter.... Any recomendations for landscape?
     
  2. Big Mike

    Big Mike I am Big, I am Mike Staff Member Supporting Member

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    I have a Cokin 'Tobacco' grad filter which can really punch up a sunset.
     
  3. christopher walrath

    christopher walrath No longer a newbie, moving up!

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    Get a light yellow. This can brighten foliage (green) thus lighting up the ground portion of your landscape somewhat and will give a subtle drop in your blue sky thus producing slightly more pronounced clouds .
     
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    dEARlEADER TPF Noob!

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    thanks big mike and chris

    oh and btw.... is there notable image degradation because these things are acrylic instead of super duper triple coated glass?
     
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    christopher walrath No longer a newbie, moving up!

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    In a word . . .

    I use filters all the time and as long as they are kept clean and don't have scratches the size of the Grand Canyon they will not affect image quality in the least. Well that's, actually, more like, um, ten, thriteen . . . . carry the three . . .

    Oh, and bear in mind that filters do provide more flat surfaces for glare to rear its ugly head on so if you are pointed in the vicinity of the sun, take an extra look around the viewfinder for those little spots, then look around without the camera to make sure you don't need to see your optometrist.
     
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    If you want great sky/cloud contrast an orange (G) is ideal for b&w. It's also a nice filter for portraits as it lightens skin tones and hides blemishes.
     
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    christopher walrath No longer a newbie, moving up!

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    Good point on the portraiture. Just make sure not to overdo it on effect.
     

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