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lemmy

Link Posted 23/09/2009 - 23:15
I did a car boot recently and one of the things I sold was a box of 24 assorted Cokin filters, graduates, polariser, star, etc, etc, all in immaculate condition. I found them in a cupboard and they'd been forgotten for ten years or more.

I priced them at 50p each just to get rid of them. A guy came up and gave me some spiel about how they were useless and he'd give me a fiver for the lot. I felt like telling him they'd earned their keep many times over in pic sales so they couldn't be that useless, but what the hell, I couldn't be bothered! He was pretty rude, though and said if I didn't sell them to him now, he's come back in an hour and only offer me £3. I said ok.

Two minutes later another man came along, looked through the filters and gave me £12 without any query. Bit of a bargain, those, he said. I know, I replied.

Five minutes later, the fhe first, forceful bloke came back. Where are the filters, he said. Sold, I said. He looked really *****ed off.

I'm not malicious by nature, but I have to admit it made my day.
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Hardgravity

Link Posted 23/09/2009 - 23:22
You showed the pratt that you weren't a push over, well done

Pratt, by the way is an old English phrase for a cunning and devious person. I wasn't just swearing!

As for filters being useless, proper ones are , in my view, better than the digital ones all camera makers seem think we need.
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lidy

Link Posted 23/09/2009 - 23:29
OMG, I wish I'd been there! I'd have been glad to pay more than 12 pounds.
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George Lazarette

Link Posted 23/09/2009 - 23:30
What filters are you looking for? I might be able to oblige with one or two.

G
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edumad

Link Posted 24/09/2009 - 00:48
Its a car boot sale, what did you expect the guy to do... of course he would haggle.
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Road_Dancer

Link Posted 24/09/2009 - 02:04
There's haggling, and taking the piss.

I try to avoid coming across like an arrogant arse when I haggle at boot sales. My Wife and I do a good 'good cop/bad cop' double act where needed tho'

At the end of the day, I find I'm more likely to get the haggle in my favour if I'm being nice, and, like Lemmy, when I have sold things, tend to clam up when the buyer is acting like a pratt.
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rparmar

Link Posted 24/09/2009 - 03:58
The car boot sales around here only have bits of old string and videos from the eighteenth century, badly treated tin and appliances for the hair.

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lidy

Link Posted 24/09/2009 - 17:00
George Lazarette wrote:
What filters are you looking for? I might be able to oblige with one or two.

G

That would be great, George! The only thing is: I don't know what to get yet. Have been thinking about a Cokin or Lee system so that I can use the filters on any lens, but then I don't even know whether I'll use them a lot, so it may be better to start with just 1 or 2. We spent a week on the coast a month ago and I took a lot of sunset pictures, some of which were ruined because of the sun's reflection on the sea. I'd need a polarizing filter for that I think? And I'd also like one to brighten up grey skies / enhance colours - or would that be a polarizing one as well?

If you think the ones you want to sell might be useful to me, please let me know. I'll start looking up the filter sizes of my favourite lenses.

Thanks again!
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Last Edited by lidy on 24/09/2009 - 17:01

gartmore

Link Posted 24/09/2009 - 17:11
A polarising filter only works when the sun is roughly at right angles to the subject so I dont think it will do much for a sunset. A polariser will saturate colours by removing unwanted reflected light from the subject.

The most useful filters you could have might be a polariser and a 0.6 and 0.9 ND graduated filters.

I should add that this thread is about Cokin filters which dont screw onto the front of a lens but are part of system built around a holder that can hold 3 filters at a time and is attached by interchangeable rings which DO screw onto the lens. Inexpensive and very very useful.
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Last Edited by gartmore on 24/09/2009 - 17:16

lidy

Link Posted 24/09/2009 - 17:25
Thanks Ken. Yes, I know it's about Cokin filters. It's just that I don't know yet whether to buy a system with a holder and an adapter like Cokin or to go for a few screw-on-type of filters. If anybody can recommend one or the other, I'd love to hear.
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Thordell

Link Posted 24/09/2009 - 18:06
If you only use one or two lens then screw on may be the best way but if you have a number of lens the Lee/Hitec/Cokin systems may be the way to go. You are likely to need ND grads perhaps ND solids and polarising filter if you take lots of shots that suffer with reflections. As all good filters cost a lot of money a Lee type system is the only way if you have a lot of lens that require filters.
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Last Edited by Thordell on 24/09/2009 - 18:07

Road_Dancer

Link Posted 24/09/2009 - 18:20
It would probably depend on how many different screw threads you have. I've four lenses at present, and each of them uses a different filter thread.

Having said that, each lens is for a different purpose, so I dont mind too much. I'll hold off getting another Circular Polariser until I know which lens is going to replace the kit lens permanently.
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lidy

Link Posted 25/09/2009 - 19:50
lidy wrote:
George Lazarette wrote:
What filters are you looking for? I might be able to oblige with one or two.

G

That would be great, George! The only thing is: I don't know what to get yet. Have been thinking about a Cokin or Lee system so that I can use the filters on any lens, but then I don't even know whether I'll use them a lot, so it may be better to start with just 1 or 2. We spent a week on the coast a month ago and I took a lot of sunset pictures, some of which were ruined because of the sun's reflection on the sea. I'd need a polarizing filter for that I think? And I'd also like one to brighten up grey skies / enhance colours - or would that be a polarizing one as well?

If you think the ones you want to sell might be useful to me, please let me know. I'll start looking up the filter sizes of my favourite lenses.

Thanks again!

George, I think you may have overlooked this? Not to worry, just interested in what you might want to sell. Thanks.
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Last Edited by lidy on 25/09/2009 - 19:51

George Lazarette

Link Posted 25/09/2009 - 22:53
Yes, sorry, I have been here much in the past two days. Very busy.

I have to say, however, that the ones I have that are surplus to requirements are the B&W ones, and unless you shoot film, they are unlikely to be of interest. I do have a polariser and neutral grad, but plan to keep them.

Jackie mentioned the Lee system. It's excellent, but very expensive. An alternative is to use round filters with step-up rings. These work fine on most lenses but may vignette on very wide lenses.

G
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