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Filter system DFA 16-50

stub
Posted 05/11/2023 - 20:16 Link
Yesterday I was lucky enough to be invited to a workshop day by Kase filter systems. At a location in Derbyshire. To take some shots and have a general play about with their peoducts. Except for the fact that the weather was atrocious with torrential rain and high winds. I was then told that they didn't have any available filters to fit the DFA 15 30. Which was a tad dissapointing as we previously had to list the lenses we wanted to take So they could arrange the filters. So in effect the day was ruined. So all that aside. I Just wanted to know if we had any users of this lens on the site and what filter manufacturers they are using ?
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DaveKitson
Posted 05/11/2023 - 20:37 Link
The title references 'DFA 16-50', I assume that should be 'DFA 15-30', in which case: link might be of interest.

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Edited by DaveKitson: 05/11/2023 - 20:39
stub
Posted 05/11/2023 - 21:02 Link
Sorry yes, my mistake DFA 15-30
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Spad
Posted 06/11/2023 - 00:28 Link
Cokin Z Pro should be ok... I have used P Series on my Sigma 10-20mm and get Vignetting at just before 12mm. I actually use X Pro at 10mm as I read about some using Z Pro on the same lens at 10mm, even tho they were advised Z Pro would work, they still got vignetting.

I'd say take you camera and lens to a stockist and try them. Might save you from fannying about.
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Edited by Spad: 06/11/2023 - 00:28
LennyBloke
Posted 06/11/2023 - 08:28 Link
Lee Filters have a dedicated adaptor for the Pentax/Tamron 15-30 - it is part of their SW150 system, so the filters themselves are larger (150mm) and of course more expensive. I've fiddled about with various filter systems over the years but have now settled on this SW150 system - they don't make filter ring adaptors for every size (it may just be 72mm and above) so it's not totally flexible but it covers the lenses I use most.

I've found the Lee filters to be excellent quality and they have no obvious overall colour cast (some "cheaper" makes and even the early Cokin filters had a colour cast) so would recommend them. But they are bulky, not an item that you'd chuck in and end pocket of the bag at the last minute
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stub
Posted 07/11/2023 - 00:17 Link
LennyBloke wrote:
Lee Filters have a dedicated adaptor for the Pentax/Tamron 15-30 - it is part of their SW150 system, so the filters themselves are larger (150mm) and of course more expensive. I've fiddled about with various filter systems over the years but have now settled on this SW150 system - they don't make filter ring adaptors for every size (it may just be 72mm and above) so it's not totally flexible but it covers the lenses I use most.

I've found the Lee filters to be excellent quality and they have no obvious overall colour cast (some "cheaper" makes and even the early Cokin filters had a colour cast) so would recommend them. But they are bulky, not an item that you'd chuck in and end pocket of the bag at the last minute

LennyBloke wrote:
Lee Filters have a dedicated adaptor for the Pentax/Tamron 15-30 - it is part of their SW150 system, so the filters themselves are larger (150mm) and of course more expensive. I've fiddled about with various filter systems over the years but have now settled on this SW150 system - they don't make filter ring adaptors for every size (it may just be 72mm and above) so it's not totally flexible but it covers the lenses I use most.

I've found the Lee filters to be excellent quality and they have no obvious overall colour cast (some "cheaper" makes and even the early Cokin filters had a colour cast) so would recommend them. But they are bulky, not an item that you'd chuck in and end pocket of the bag at the last minute

Yes I totally agree with these suggestion's. I bought a Kase K150P holder in a sale some time ago. With is brilliant. Taking a 150mm Circular magnetic filter. But as yet have never purchased any of the filters. My "Bottle went" at over 200 each. And I dont really use them all that often to justify such a professional system at that kind of cost. So I end up making sacrafices by using the DFA 24-70 which can take an 82mm filter as you all know. But if stacking them you need to use 95mm or they will vignette. So after looking around at 150mm systems I discovered this is the kinda prices the better companies were charging. Landscape photographers are obviously more affluant than me... So this was just a general posting. to see how others managed this lens. So thanks all for the great comments, plus alternative ideas.
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LennyBloke
Posted 07/11/2023 - 13:32 Link
I've found the key to making the Lee SW150 system affordable is to have a little patience while shopping around - most of my filters have been purchased second hand at a fraction of the cost of the new RRP.

For example WEX currently have 3 ND Grads at 24, 23 and 7 and a Big Stopper for 75. MPB have various ND grads from 6 to 14. SRS have a few SW150 items at reasonable prices. I got my 15-30 adaptor for under 40 from ebay and my filter ring adaptors were mainly from MPB at between 15 and 30 each. I know this mounts up and isn't cheap compared to some 100mm systems - but I'm hoping they'll be with me for many years

After I'd bought my ND Grad set I did see an Ebay seller offering them for 50 for a full set

Something else that might be worth thinking about is that the Lee system is aimed at Wide lenses (SW = Super-Wide I think) - so the Lee 82mm adaptor on your 24-70 will provide enough space for you to stack filters without vignetting (you'd need to confirm that - my memory could be playing tricks on me)
LennyBloke

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