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Polarising Filters: screw on or system?

Hey All

Just wondering about the use of polarising filters and thought I'd ask should I opt for a screw in type, or a 'system' type where you place the filter into a holder attached to the lens (somehow - not too sure of these).

What's the pro's and con's to each of these types of filter...?

Your thoughts and expertise greatly appreciated, thanks.
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Re: Polarising Filters: screw on or system?

Hi John,

I have both. A Hoya screw in one and a Cokin P 'system' one.

After owning the Cokin's I'd say go for the 'system' if your planning on using ND grads as well, great for sunsets etc.

Also once you've bought the filter holder and polariser you can just buy different adaptor rings to suit different diameter lenses, meaning you don't need to buy several different diameter filters. Adaptor rings are cheap as chips.

I use the Cokin P series that allows me to use any lens diameter for 0mm to 96mm, currently I only have a 58mm adaptor ring which suits my 14 - 42 fine but when I get a 12 - 60 or 14 - 54 I can keep all the filters and just buy a bigger adaptor ring.

I hope the above helps and makes sense, I'm rubbish at explaing things.

I can take some shots of the adaptor ring, holder and filter if you like?

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Re: Polarising Filters: screw on or system?

Yes please Garrie... cheers for the info.
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Re: Polarising Filters: screw on or system?

nay bother, give us 25 mins to finish off these decals I'm cutting and I'll take some pics, albeit poor ones for the Cokin P System.

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Re: Polarising Filters: screw on or system?

I think that makes a lot of sense, till now I use a screw in one but am thinking of going to a system one, the only trouble is the huge price differance? I believe Kood are bring one out which will fit the cokin zp system
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Re: Polarising Filters: screw on or system?

John

If you are interested in Cokin you may find this link useful

http://www.cokin.co.uk/pages/main.htm

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Re: Polarising Filters: screw on or system?

I used to use Kood P(cokin clone), but I sold all of my filters and rings when I sold my E400.

I found the bigest problem was keeping the filters clean. As they were plastic/resin I was concerned about the durability. The P series and adapter is also large. I found it was not practical to use in the field. Also, the ring filters take up less space.
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Re: Polarising Filters: screw on or system?

Hi John

Yes, I'd definitely agree with Garrie about going with the system set up. Apart from the economy of just having to buy adapter rings to go with different lens sizes I found that my screw in polariser was causing vignetting problems at the wide end of my 11 - 22mm lens when I added a ND grad filter onto the end.

Hope this helps.

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Re: Polarising Filters: screw on or system?

7dayshop.com sell the Kood filters.
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Re: Polarising Filters: screw on or system?

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I used to use Kood P(cokin clone), but I sold all of my filters and rings when I sold my E400.

I found the bigest problem was keeping the filters clean. As they were plastic/resin I was concerned about the durability. The P series and adapter is also large. I found it was not practical to use in the field. Also, the ring filters take up less space.
I wouldn't say the P filter holder was too big.. I've used it on explores before and its permanently in my Tamrac adventure 6 which isn't a big rucksac.

I totally agree on keeping them clean though..
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Re: Polarising Filters: screw on or system?

Hi John,

Uploaded some pics for you. The polariser is in the car but I've attached an grad to give you an idea. Polarising can be turned in its holder.



On the right, the holder, to the left is the adaptor ring and then a E500, below the lot is 2 cases that hold the filters when not in use.



rest of the pics are here http://www.onemileahead.co.uk/themusicman/

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Sorry for the poor pics, I hate using the flash

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Re: Polarising Filters: screw on or system?

Thanks everyone for the advice, and thanks Garrie for the images - certainly helps. Off now to eBay to see what goes on there... have some spare cash in my PayPal account that desperately wants to use itself for one of these systems...
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Re: Polarising Filters: screw on or system?

No worries John,

Check these guys out http://www.surreyphotography.co.uk/

Thats were I got my Cokin Kit and the bonus is they take Paypal. Means your not worried about fake ebay stuff..
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Re: Polarising Filters: screw on or system?

Wehey, thanks for the link Garrie, much appreciated.

OK, so if I need the following;

1 x polarising filter
1 x ND filter

... and I have the 11-22mm, 14-54mm, and 70-300mm lenses - what other gear should I buy...?
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What diameter are each of those lenses John?
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