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Old Mar 7, 2012, 4:55 PM   #1
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Default Recommend Graduated filters and holder for canon 24-70mm f2.8

I have a set of cookin nd grad fliters that I used to use with my canon 400d but since moving to full frame, they don't work as I can see the filter holder in frame when using my 24-70 at its widest.

So, I need a new set of nd grad filters and holder. I don't want to go crazy and pay large amounts as I won't use them too often but I don't want bottom of the barrel quality either.

What would you guys recommend?
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Old Mar 7, 2012, 5:52 PM   #2
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B+W Neutral Density Graduated
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Old Mar 8, 2012, 10:11 AM   #3
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I use Lee (100mm * 150mm (4*6inch)) ND grads as well as Shigh-Ray's,
I have no issues on my 5dmkii with a 17-40mm L lens.

The Lee's run around 100$us a filter, the Singh-rays are closer to 160$us each.
they both will fit in the Cokin Z-pro holder (1 Z-pro holder and 1 ring are about 120$us from B&H)
Or in the Lee system filter holder.

http://leefilters.com/index.php/camera/ndgrads
http://www.singh-ray.com/grndgrads.html

I see Cokin has a 3 filter Z-pro kit U960 if you can find it. Price jumped up on it almost 100$us in the last year!
http://www.bhphotovideo.com/c/search...tialSearch=yes

I personally do not like round filters when ND grads are concerned as you cannot position the horizon line where you need it with rounds.


After almost 2 years of trying I finally scored a Lee Big-Stopper filter, it arrived yesterday, now I cannot wait for the lakes&riers to thaw soo I can try it out!
http://www.bhphotovideo.com/c/produc...4_x_4_Big.html
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Old Mar 9, 2012, 12:17 PM   #4
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Went into the local photography shop and tried a few kits:

Cokin low profile filter holder:
Still causing vigineting, although to a much lesser degree. As i do panoramas, any vigineeting is not acceptable. Strange, as 24mm is wide but not crazy wide. guess its just the combo of 24mm on a full frame sensor.

Lee:
Perfect but really expensive. filter holder, adapter ring and 3 ND filters were pushing up on 400 euros.

Hi-Tech:
Perfect, and pretty pricy but not as much as the lees. Holder is very wide so is not visible at 24mm on my canon 24-70 F2.8.
Adapter ring, holder and set of 3 ND filters came to about 250 euros. A little over half the price of the lee's so went for those. lets hope they can deliver ( and i can deliver while using them!)
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The Formatt Hi-Tech's look good!

Bit astounding what a little rectangle piece of resin or glass can cost these days!
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its absolutely crazy peter! Funny thing is, im getting to the stage with photography that 250 quid is not crazy money anymore, seeing as im drooling over 1500 euro lens's!

Thats not to say 250 is not a lot for a set of filters, but relative to the overall cost of this hobby, its pretty small money! jes whats wrong with me! Ive lost all perspective!!!
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