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  1. PixyPainter

    PixyPainter TPF Noob!

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    Hello I was curious if anyone was familiar with Cokin filter. I wondered if anyone might have advice about A series verses P series. I have a digital SLR and I wanted to get some filters to play with and the Cokin filters seem to interest me.

    Any input would be helpful!

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    fightheheathens TPF Noob!

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    depends on the size of your lens, or the lens you are planning on getting.
    if your largest lens has a 60mm or smaller threads, the A seriers is fine. IF you have or are going to get lenses with larger then 60mm thread sizes you will need the p seriers. Also, if you do lots of wide angle, the larger P series will be better
     
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    The_Traveler Completely Counter-dependent Supporting Member

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    Except for Neutral Density or polarizing, filters are unneeded for DSLRs. Use post-processing to add filter effects.
     
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    Deadeye008 TPF Noob!

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    Yep, what he said.:thumbup:
     
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    [FONT=Arial,Helvetica,sans-serif]System A is f[/FONT][FONT=Arial,Helvetica,sans-serif]or lenses between 36 and 62 mm in diameter.
    System P is for lenses between 48 and 82 mm in diameter.
    [/FONT][FONT=Arial,Helvetica,sans-serif][/FONT][FONT=Arial,Helvetica,sans-serif]System X is for lenses between 62 and 112 mm in diameter.

    The series A filters are cheaper and easier to find. These can be purchased on eBay relitively cheap.
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    MikeR TPF Noob!

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    Just want to add that when it comes to filters, you get what you pay for. There is a wide range of quality out there.
     
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    I use a UV filter on my lenses, mainly cos it doesnt alter the picture too much, but it protects the lense of my camera.

    Im clumsy at the best of times, but i also take pictures in locations where theres a high chance my lense might get damaged.

    Id rather pay £40 for a new filter than £200+ for a new lense when i inevitably break it.

    Dunno if many other people use this tactic but it works for me :)
     
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    MikeR TPF Noob!

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    I agree that a filter is cheaper than a new lens but I use my lens hood. Although I still have a slight risk this way and even greater with a petal type hood.
     
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    killcrazy TPF Noob!

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    at gigs lens hoods are ok,

    But i photograph paintball quite regularly, and a lens hood aids the balls to hit the lens.

    which means i usually use a filter to protect it.
     
  10. gryphonslair99

    gryphonslair99 Been spending a lot of time on here!

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    Don't forget the Z Pro series. Holds 100mm filters. For lenses up to 96mm.
    http://www.cokin.com/ico15/ico15-haut.html?=#z
     

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