Welcome to the Creative World of Cokin Filters
The Cokin CREATIVE Filter System is made for photo and video cameras. The filter is placed in front of the camera lens to modulate the quantity of light that reach the sensor in order to modify colors, contrast, saturation, shutter-speed, depth-of-field and such parameters. Using a filter is a different philosophy than using a software. Filters are used live during the shooting, for instant results. Even if post-processing is part of the workflow, we believe that using a filter is a mean to express creativity when you shoot. Placing a filter in front of a lens takes no more than 3 seconds. You obtain instant results that you can share without having to spend hours of post-processing. Moreover, the price of a set of filters is nothing compared to expensive software requiring well-equipped computers to run, especially for video editing. With filters, you will never have any problem of compatibility with the last generation RAW that is not yet recognized by your software. Using a filter will take the same time on a 10Mp or 60Mp camera... Which may not be the case on a computer, where heavy files can slow-down the whole workflow. Photography happens when you shoot, not when you sit behind your computer.
|How the square Cokin System works
The Cokin Creative Filter System consists of three main components:
A filter holder / Adapter ring and a Filter.
- Screw the adapter ring onto your lens.
- Slide the filter holder on the adapter ring until it snaps in place
The filter holder is now solidly attached to the lens, yet it can rotate both left and right.
- Slide the filter into one of the filter holder slots.
The one closest to the filter holder housing is the narrowest; it allows the use of round filters with notched edges (polarizer, star filters..). The two central slots are intended for square filters. The outer slot can be used either for an additional filter or for a coupling ring.
There are 4 different sizes of filter and filter holders to choose from:
Choosing the right system Adaptor-rings are the first step in determining the system you should use. They are available in various diameters. First, refer to the lens with the biggest diameter you own. The diameter of a lens is either written on the front or side of the lens itself, in the cap, or in the lens user's manual. Once you know what is the diameter of your lens, refer to the illustration below to chose the system that will fit your needs. Click on the logos for more information.