The World’s Thinnest and Lightest Filters: Cokin Pure Harmonie
Cokin has a new line of filters, the Pure Harmonie filters, that offer the lightest and thinnest solution for your lenses. They come in various sizes and promise to be amongst the highest in quality. Now, I’ve owned some “thin-line” filters before by top European brands and was already impressed by those…so seeing these would intrigue me…
Having compact gear is key to being able to travel light, but I’m not normally worried about the size of my filters for that reason. Instead, I know that the thinner my filters are, the less they’re interfering with my gear were it to be unadorned by such pieces of glass that other photographers swear are unnecessary. Well, I’m a student and poor, and a photographer and therefore poorer, and have had filters save the front elements of my couple-thousand-dollar lenses before, so I’m going to go the safe route.
Being the thinnest filters in the world, their not cheap, but they’re not as outrageous as I’d have thought, either. And I can be sure that I’ll have less light fall-off because of it. The next time I need a filter, I’ll definitely be ordering some of these from Amazon. You can get clear UV multicoated ones, circular polarizers, and even a variable neutral density filter for those slow shutter speed shots of water in daylight. Depending on the type of filter, you’re looking at anywhere from 3.3mm to 9.5mm and come in anywhere between $43 (37mm UV) and $217 (82mm variable ND).