Cokin filters are aimed at the lower end of the filter market, and whilst they may not get top reviews from professional photographers and photography enthusiasts Cokin filters really aren’t that bad.
Cokin filters are cheap and cheerful, and as such the build quality isn’t that good. You need to take care with Cokin filters because they do damage and scratch easily, so you need to keep this in mind when handling them and even more so when cleaning them.
You need to be careful not to be too heavy handed with the lens cloth when cleaning Cokin filters, and I would advise not using any chemical cleaners on Cokin filters either.
Cokin filters don’t feel like they are made from the best quality materials, and after handling some it is clear they aren’t, but then what do you expect for a few bucks? You don’t get five star quality for three star prices, and the same applies to Cokin filters. When it comes to Cokin filters you get what you pay for.
The biggest criticism of Cokin filters is not the build quality or the fact they scratch easily, but the ugly colour cast they produce. All filters produce some colour cast it’s just that the colour cast using a Cokin filter is noticeable. Many people are put off buying Cokin filters because of the colour cast which is shame because there is something you can do about this.
You can deal with and eliminate the colour cast using some photo editing software, just make sure you shoot in raw and you’ll be fine. This is an acceptable way of dealing with colour casts however a quicker and more efficient way is to set a custom white balance with the Cokin filter in place.
So would I recommend Cokin filters? I would recommend Cokin filters if:-
Okay, you do need to treat Cokin filters with care and respect so not to damage them, and you do need to bear in mind you will have a colour cast to deal with, but I still recommend Cokin filters. Cokin filters are top value for money and you get a lot of bang for the buck with them.
If you will regularly photographic filters I would recommend you spend a little more and buy another brand of filters because Cokin filters won’t last very long if used regularly. If you only use photographic filters occasionally and can’t justify spending a lot of money on them then Cokin filters may well be just what you need.
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