What GND filters and holder to start with
I have never used GND filters but would like to buy a couple to start and learn with. I have read the articles above and several threads below but still have questions. I am very much an amateur, recently bought a D600 and will use filters mostly with 16-35 F4 so need 77 mm adapter and wide angle to preclude vignetting. Reviews seem to favor Lee and HiTech (yes, Lee often hard to get) so I am focusing on those two and will probably start with 0.6 and 0.9. My main questions concern the holders and adapter rings. I want 4X6" filters for verticle flexibility. Different online sellers say the 4X6 is compatible with the Cokin P sizes. Others say it is compatible with the Cokin Z-Pro?? The Cokin holders get mixed reviews so I question whether either type is the best choice. A HiTech package offers their plastic holder but that holder also gets mixed reviews. The Lee Foundation seems to have the best reviews. It is the most expensive but that's okay if the quality is there. With the Lee & 77mm wide angle adapter will I be okay re vignetting with 16mm? How about the appropriate Cokin? If I buy the Lee Foundation will HiTech 4X6 filters work. I ask because for two reasons. The Lee filters are listed as 2mm thick but I cannot find a thickness for HiTech. Secondly, Lee lists their "4X6" filter as 100mm X 150mm while HiTech lists theirs as 101.6X 152.4mm. Here I worry about mixing filter pan brands having I one either bowed or worse sliding out of the holder. Ideally I would like to be able to mix different brands of filter but the holder I buy may limit me. This turned out to be rather long winded so sorry but will appreciate your patience in reading and any help/advice. Regards, Jm B
#1. "RE: What GND filters and holder to start with" | In response to Reply # 0blw Nikonian since 18th Jun 2004Wed 03-Apr-13 04:13 AM
I had Cokin P series grads and NDs. I found that they imparted a serious color tint, and it was ugly. I sold them and got a Lee Foundation set along with 0.3, 0.6, 0.9 grads and a pair of 3-stop ND. I have not thought about other filters since then.
I am told that newer production Cokin filters are more neutral in coloration, but I haven't investigated as I have no reason to do so now.
I do still have a couple of orphaned Hitech filters - they are P-sized and they haven't been used since I sold the P series holder and Cokin filters. I found them to be high quality and similar to the Lee ones. They worked just fine in the Cokin P holder. However, I've stuck with the Lee set since I mostly am using large 77 or 82mm lenses and I have a couple of even larger lenses such as the Sigma 12-24 (similar to the Nikkor 14-24/f2.8) that need the very large filters
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#2. "RE: What GND filters and holder to start with" | In response to Reply # 1sixeyes Nikonian since 24th Dec 2010Wed 03-Apr-13 09:58 AM
I am no expert! I started out with Cokin filters and would agree with the comment above.
I still have them for potential use with my old D100 & Dx lens and for loan to my children. The reality is I have not used them since getting Lee filters, stimulated by getting a D700 and decent glass - almost 3 years ago. The Lee filters are far superior and worth the extra cost and do not negate the quality of camera and lens for the sake of a little extra expense.
I cannot comment about use of Lee or other filters with an ultra wide lens.
If I was starting out for filters again I would select Lee. I think they are that good.
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#3. "RE: What GND filters and holder to start with" | In response to Reply # 2Jamed600 Nikonian since 02nd Mar 2013Wed 03-Apr-13 12:43 PM
Brian & Iain, thank you both for your responses and thoughts. They reinforced my feelings re Lee. Put my order in this am with B&H for Foundation, 77mm wide angle adapter, .6 and .9 GND filters.