Something Old... Something New
|Cokin A holder with Linear Polarizer, Hood and |
ND8 Grad filter
It was one of those, duh and aha moments. It's the perfect size for this system and well worth giving it a go. Because of the small compact size, it actually doesn't affect the compact footprint of the E-P3 by much.
Of course Cokin systems do have it's drawbacks and because it's made of optical grade plastics, it's prone to scratches and marring.
Despite this, the joy of using a Cokin system lies in the fact that it's an easy system to change out filters quickly and also to stack them. The other benefit to users of micro four thirds lenses is the fact that I don't need to buy a two sets of filters for the 37 and 46 mm, just get the appropriate insert ring for the Cokin A holder or in my case get the correct step up ring (in my case I got a 37 to 52mm and 46 to 52mm ring adapter as my Cokin was originally fitted for all my Nikon film gear).
One of the other great things about the Cokin system on the Pen is the fact that I can use a linear polarizer again. Linear polarizers slowly fell out of favour when the phase detect auto focus system came into play just over 30 years ago. Because of modern AF systems, a new method of polarizing the light into the camera had to be devised as the AF systems were not capable of focusing properly through a linear polarizer. Circular polarizers were specifically designed to work with modern AF system without issues, and slowly took over as the filter of choice. But because certain compromises are made in the manufacturing of circular polarizers, the effect that they filtered was not as strong as a traditional linear polarizer.
|Olympus 12mm F/2 @ F/8.0|
Even today I was out and about with both my Canon EOS 5D Mark II with a 24 F/1.4L USM II lens and still appreciated what was coming out of the little Olympus.
|Olympus 12mm F/2 @ F/7.1|