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25-06-10, 06:06 PM
Join Date: Jul 2009
Location: Kingston, Ontario
I use Cokin filters as well but,
for digital photography
, the only ones of any use are the Neutral Density filters, including Graduated filters, and the Polarising Filter.... in short, the ones that can affect the exposure. I'd also add a UV filter, but a screw-in type which doubles as a haze reducer and lens protector.
Sure, you could use various colour effects or those odd shapes or stars etc but none of them are essential.... in fact I think many are useless or can be replicated easily.
I'm a bit surprised that Cokin don't shake up their product line a lot more - only around 15% of their filters are of real use..... and they're
not really all that good
, generally being very thin and fragile with unwanted colour casts. There again, it's not going to break the bank to buy a set. I'm told, but cannot vouch for it, that Lee Filters are better but cost a little more.
Film photography is, of course, a different matter entirely, and the whole range of Cokin (or Lee) filters could be of use at some point.
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