Has anyone used the Conkin filter systems that can give me a little heads up on them? I am looking to buy some filters but my primary lens has a 72mm filter size and the Conkin setup is a little more economical than buying comperable Tiffen or B&W filters. I was wondering what the good and bad points were.
#1. "RE: Conkin filter systems?" | In response to Reply # 0f8bthere Basic MemberWed 20-Sep-00 05:51 PM
Everyone has a different level of acceptance of image quality. In my younger / dumber days I accumulated many Cokin filters. The concept seemed great, one filter that fits all of your variable filter ring sizes via a ring and adapter. Any filter, even the best, puts another element into the optical formula. At their best, meaning real glass, coated, and parallel surfaces, they degrade the image only slightly... and depending on the type can enhance the picture. The other side of the coin, well lets just say you get what you pay for. If you have a 1000 Dollar lens and wish to put a 10 Dollar filter on it to save money... then your level of acceptance for image quality is different than mine.
After extensive testing, I have not mounted Cokin filters on any of my lenses for over 12 years. Looking at your user profile, you might not be at the point in your photography where a specific filter would make or break your images... (except for your 50mm, which is capable of great quality)... but if you are in this hobby for the "long haul", the things you don't waste your time and money on now can better be used for upgrades later.
My opinion is that the plastic resin filters are not up to the level of optical correction I need. After the "thrill" of those neat tricks in the Cokin catalog wear off... it is still just a piece of plastic.
#2. "RE: Conkin filter systems?" | In response to Reply # 1f5fstop Basic MemberWed 20-Sep-00 06:14 PM
Totally agree with Al. They are fun to play with, but the quality is not there. YOu can't beat a good glass multicoated filter manufactured by a reputable filter manufacturer such as Nikon, Hoya, Tiffen, B&W, Heliopan, etc.
"Take only photographs, leave only footprints"
#3. "RE: Conkin filter systems?" | In response to Reply # 0
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I think you should try the cheapest, yet most diverse Cokin kit you can get your hands on. Not expecting great quality images, but for the purpose of having a little fun with it. It's a lot of fun to take the Cokin's and plug them in for all sorts of wierd colour-biasing effects. Just keep in mind that the actual sharpness and stability of these filters is VERY VERY poor. They are plastic, and will make any expensive lens act "baseline".
Many people have made great pictures with Cokins, usually it's the colour that makes them great because it's so easy to experiment with Cokins (and cheap!).
When you decide on what filters / combos you like, have a look at Tiffen or Hoya's catalogue for better glass filters.
#4. "RE: Conkin filter systems?" | In response to Reply # 0
Thanks for the responses. I think I will save up for the Hoya or Tiffen filters rather than using the Conkin system. The colored filters aren't that much more expensive that the Conkin stuff but the polarizers and special effect ones can be very pricey. I guess the wait time between purchases will teach me how to use what I've got better anyway. Thanks again for the advice.
#5. "RE: Conkin filter systems?" | In response to Reply # 0
I use the Cokin "system" on most of my lenses. Don't forget, one can take advantage of the system without having to be limited to using the actual Cokin filter. I have some Coking filters, mostly for B/W stuff, but many manufacturers make versions of their filters that will fit into the Cokin holder. My ND grads are Tiffen, but they are in the Cokin P format so I can use them on all of my lenses and have more control over the gradiation line. This is just something to keep in mind.
Joseph D. Cook
Nampa, Idaho, USA