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Hi Folks, I need some advice on a filter system for my 14mm x24mm wide angle Nikon lens.
I would prefer the Cokins range of filters to use with this lens, however I can't see it as possible that filter mount will sit on the lens hood.
Does anyone else have one of these lenses and if so do you use a cokins system, is there any pro's and cons of using these filters etc.
Any help with this would be much appreciated.
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I've got one of them and inability to use ND grads is an issue for me too. As it is a very well regarded lens, I would expect to see manufacturers trying to offer some capability so long as they see there being sufficient volume of sales. With Nikon prices subject to further increases, high lens cost will be even more of an issue.
Having just got back from Cornwall, I ended up bracketing some of the shots with a view to blending files and HDR type thing in CS4. Having not done either of these techniques and being overcommitted with other stuff, intention was to have a go when time permitted.
I had heard a rumour that Lee were looking at a push-on adaptor or holder to go around the outside of the lens. Since I use the Lee system already, I was going to ask about this in the near future. I have a Donut fitting Lee holder for my two widest Large Format lenses which require use of a massive ND centre-filter.
I've just tried the push on holder on the lens without the donut spacer. There is about a 5mm gap from holder to lens, so 2.5 mm shim required. My thin donut ring is in the roof, other is too fat. Filter guides stop it going onto lens. Didn't have time to assess vignetting issue.
Suggest you call Lee, they are very helpful indeed.
Thanks for that reply. I never thought about Lee filters as I use Cokin filters at the moment and would preffer to continue using this system.
I'll have a look and maybe give them a call to see what they have in place.
I would think that Nikon would have there own filter system for this lens and would consider filter fittings during the manufacture process.
Assuming you are using the lens on 24x36 the angle of view is too wide for an even pol effect across the frame at 24mm, and far to wide at 14mm - so no need for a pol.
If you are digital you do not need a UV. If you "want" a protection filter as the lens instructions point out there is none available so use the lens cap when not shooting.
You can hold a neutral grad Lee against the front of the hood - with no problem if you print 10x8 or A4 format from the center of the frame. The Cokin X pro are even bigger than Lee.
As many use a tripod when using grads the alternative of HDR is often an option.
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