Tuesday, June 24, 2008

Equipment: My Experience With Cokin CPL

A reader wanted to know a bit more about the Cokin filter systems. So i m going to share my experience with the Cokin P-system (there are various filter systems this is the most common one)

The only filter i have at the moment is the circular polarizing filter, and i m liking this filter alot. Let me start of with the reason why i got this filter; as most of you know i will be heading down to Spain (next week) and i m going to be by the beach side alot, most of the time and i will be shooting some landscapes that will involve the water, so i got the filter because i wanted to take the reflections of the water to show its true color, and to ease my post processing work.

Now what a polarizing filter does is you can read here

Here are some sample images with and without the CPL:

The effect of the CPL on clouds (click the image for larger version)

Review: Cokin CPL

The effect of the CPL on water (click the image for larger version)

Review: Cokin CPL

Here is a photo that has been taken with a CPL and no post processing has been done to the image:

The Pier, shot with a CPL

Note: When using polarizing filters at wider angles you will get a different look, as you can see in the image above, thats why the sky looks like its two different colors. But i like it. I love the shot the way it is, so no post processing needs to be done to it, which saves me some time.

Now here is how the Cokin system works, when you mount it to the camera (video)

Hope that help to awnser some of the questions some of you guys had regarding the Cokin system.

Another article to come later today.


ice said...

Thanks man, really usefull post, and the video is quite illustrative, I think I'll order myself some filters aswell. The CPL I have for my 18-70mm lens is quite anoying aswell, it tends to get stuck at times, and figure it out, its rather hard to remove a filter that gets stuck and has a mobile part aswell.
One more question though, have you tested your filters with an UV normal filter attached to the lens or without ?

Alexander Blacker said...

I have the UV filter attached to my camera in that video, i attach the Cokin system to the UV filter.

The UV filter never goes of my lens

No problem man

ice said...

Nice man, thankyou :)

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