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Cokin Z-Pro U960 Pro Graduated Neutral Density Filter Kit

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Product Highlights
  • Helps Control Depth of Field
  • Helps Create Certain Special Effects
  • High Quality CR39 Resin

This kit contains a Cokin Z-Pro Filter Holder plus:
#121L Graduated Light Gray G2 Filter
#121M Graduated Medium Gray G2 Filter
#121S Graduated Soft Gray G2 Filter

Often it is necessary or desirable to balance the light intensity in one part of a scene with another. This is especially true in situations where you don't have total light control, as in bright contrasty landscapes. Exposing for the foreground will produce a washed-out, over-exposed sky while exposing for the sky will leave the foreground dark and under-exposed.

Cokin graduated gray ND filters are part clear, part neutral density. They allow the transition to be blended into the scene, often imperceptibly. A ND.6-to-clear, with a two stop differential, will generally compensate the average bright sky-to-foreground situation and is also the most popular density of the series.

The Z-PRO Series is recommended for focal lengths of 20mm onwards (in the 35mm format).

Note! These filters measure 100 x 150mm (4 x 6") and fit the Cokin Z-Pro Filter Holder. The kit does NOT contain a Cokin adapter ring - sold separately

Neutral Density Filters Have Four Main Uses

To enable slow shutter speeds to be used, especially with high speed films, to record movement in subjects such as waterfalls, clouds, or cars
To decrease depth of field by allowing wider apertures to be used, which helps separate subjects from their background
To decrease the effective ISO of high speed film (above ISO 400) and allow it to be used outdoors in bright situations
To allow cine and video cameras (which have fixed shutter speeds) to film subjects such as snow, sand or other bright scenes which could cause overexposure
Construction
Z-Pro filters are made of CR39 resin which is a reputable lightweight and unbreakable optical material also used for ophthalmic glasses
Type Pro Graduated Neutral Density Filter Kit
Size 4 x 6" (100 x 150mm). 1.5mm thick
Grade L (light) ND2 (0.6)
M (medium) ND4 (0.6)
S (soft) ND8 (0.9)
Filter Factor
  • ND.3 (exposure adjustment = 1 stop, reduces ISO 1/2)
  • ND.6 (exposure adjustment = 2 stops, reduces ISO 1/4)
  • ND.9 (exposure adjustment = 3 stops, reduces ISO 1/8)
  • Multi-Coated No
    Rotating No
    Effect Balanced light intensity from one part of a scene to another
    Application Nature, Scenics
    Color Temperature Not Applicable
    Construction CR39 Resin
    Front Filter Thread Size Not Applicable
    Front Lens Cap Size Not Applicable

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    CokinZ-Pro U960 Pro Graduated Neutral Density Filter Kit
     
    4.7

    (based on 41 reviews)

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    100%

    of respondents would recommend this to a friend.

    Pros

    • Easy to use (37)
    • Clear optics (26)
    • Firm mount (23)
    • Strong construction (23)

    Cons

      Best Uses

      • Image manipulation (21)
      • Color correction (14)
        • Reviewer Profile:
        • Photo enthusiast (17), Semi-pro photographer (8), Pro photographer (7)
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      Most Liked Positive Review

       

      Z-Pro Graduated Neutral Density Filters

      I started off with Z-series Graduated Neutral Density Filter Kit by Cokin because I wanted to use the filters with my wide angle lens (Nikon 12-24mm). Very soon, I realized that I...Read complete review

      I started off with Z-series Graduated Neutral Density Filter Kit by Cokin because I wanted to use the filters with my wide angle lens (Nikon 12-24mm). Very soon, I realized that I need more filters than just the GND, e.g., blue-yellow filter (173) that is very expensive and way beyond my budget if I want a Z-series. Apparently, P-series is the solution for the budget I have. I also bought the thin filter holder to use with my wide angle lens. I have 3 lenses of the same diameter so I bought 3 filter holders (including one for my wide angle lens) and 3 ring adapters so that I don't have to put them on or off every time I change my lens; in other words, I was expecting that I could leave the filter holders all the time on my lenses.

      I love the design, i.e., it's easy to install and take out although it has solid construction. I like the fact that you can actually use more than one filter at a time at ease. Still I'm missing the use of wide angle lens as either of the filter holders (regular P series or thin holder) start vignetting at a little less than 20mm on my DX DSLR body. In addition, the design of the polarizer and blue-yellow filter does not really allow you to use easily with a GND because when you use the polarizer and blue-yellow filter, particularly the latter one, you actually have to turn the whole filter holder and it makes it impossible to use GND. You can turn the polarizer but not the blue-yellow one; even with the polarizer, you will need both hands to turn it unless you have your camera body on a tripod.

      Regarding the filter holders and adapter rings, it turned out that leaving the filter holders on the lenses all the time may not be practical because it make the lenses significantly longer and no longer fit my bag. If you have larger bag, it would work. However, having the adapter rings on the lenses all the time is a huge advantage. The lens cap could still hold well and you don't have to put it on and off every time you use filters. It does not prevent you from using the lens hood; but this is true with only certain lens diameters. E.g., all of my lenses are of 77mm and I can still leave the adapter rings on and use the lens hood. I believe that if you have smaller diameter, you are likely to have to take off the adapter ring and the idea of having adapter ring for each of your lenses and leaving them there all the time just may not work.

      RECOMMENDATION: WHEN YOU BUY THIS, LOOK AT ALL THE FILTERS YOU MIGHT USE IN THE FUTURE because once you are stick with a system, it would be expensive for you to switch to another.

      All in all, I think that this system has good design and is worth the money.

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      Most Liked Negative Review

       

      It is not really for wide angle lenses..

      I bought this kit for my wide angle lenses. In contrast to manufacturer's claim, I clearly see vignetting effect with my full frame lens and full frame body at 24mm, NOT 20mm as...Read complete review

      I bought this kit for my wide angle lenses. In contrast to manufacturer's claim, I clearly see vignetting effect with my full frame lens and full frame body at 24mm, NOT 20mm as stated in the specs. I even modified the holder according to one of reviewers here: reverse the screws and only put one slot in the front, I still see vignetting effect!
      The material used is plastic: decent quarlity. But it is Cokin not B+W or Lee, you get what you paid for: it is not as refined or polished. Three knobs serve to hold adpator ring are poor designed and crafted.
      Each filter comes with its own pocket which is very nice, since I wear them down rather quickly.
      But the filter walet is HUGE! It is way too bigger for 4x6" filters. It is also very thick, in fact, it has 8-10 slots and you can probably place 10 or more filters in it. I can not image that I carry it and hike to shooting destination, since I most shoot landscape, for which these filters were designed.

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      4.0

      Good quality filters.

      By psa

      from Mountain View, CA

      About Me Photo Enthusiast

      Verified Buyer

      Pros

      • Clear Optics

      Cons

        Best Uses

        • Color Correction
        • Image Manipulation

        Comments about Cokin Z-Pro U960 Pro Graduated Neutral Density Filter Kit:

        I owned (and still own) the lower end version of Cokin filters (P-series), which started show some vignetting with 24mm full frame lenses. This does not show vignetting 24mm lens with 77mm / 82mm filter adapter.

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        5.0

        GREAT KIT

        By BLUEFLASH

        from ESCONDIDO, CA

        About Me Pro Photographer

        Verified Buyer

        Pros

        • Clear Optics
        • Easy To Use
        • Firm Mount
        • Strong Construction

        Cons

        • Requires Adapter Rings

        Best Uses

        • Color Correction
        • Image Manipulation

        Comments about Cokin Z-Pro U960 Pro Graduated Neutral Density Filter Kit:

        GREAT SET OF ND FILTERS W/HOLDER.
        EASY TO INSTALL AND SLIDE FOR ND NEED.

        MUST PURCHASE ADAPTER RINGS FOR EACH LENS SIZE, 77MM, 82MM, 68MM, ECT!

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        5.0

        Great Filter System

        By Rich

        from Mission Viejo, CA

        About Me Photo Enthusiast

        Verified Buyer

        Pros

        • Compact
        • Durable
        • Easy to Use
        • Great Picture Quality
        • Lightweight

        Cons

          Best Uses

          • Family Photos
          • Landscape/Scenery
          • Travel
          • Weddings/Events
          • Wildlife Photos

          Comments about Cokin Z-Pro U960 Pro Graduated Neutral Density Filter Kit:

          This filter system is easy to set up and works great with my Nikon lenses. The ND gels appear to be near colorless and clear. I highly recommend this kit, as it provides quality and value.

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          5.0

          Western-palooza

          By Fran

          from NYC

          Comments about Cokin Z-Pro U960 Pro Graduated Neutral Density Filter Kit:

          Want some kickbutt landscape shots and not break the bank? This is all you need. I scrapped my heavy mattebox for this kit during my past shoot and couldn't be happier. My kit is lighter and quicker to set up, and allows me to pull off shots that would be otherwise too clunky to do so with the redrock mattebox I have. Currently shooting a western indie on horseback and using these on almost every shot. Plus, I attached a polarizing filter behind it, and can slide down the filters so they just become ND filters instead of graduated, essentially giving me two filters in each one. I also use a 16mm superwide lens with it which would be impossible if I were using a mattebox, due to vignetting which this filter kit doesn't do. Also, it's a dang good deal for that price. And the case is great!! Get this!

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          5.0

          Absolutly Waonderful

          By Light Chaser

          from Cedar City, Ut

          About Me Semi-pro Photographer

          Verified Buyer

          Pros

          • Clear Optics
          • Easy To Use
          • Firm Mount
          • Strong Construction

          Cons

            Best Uses

            • Color Correction
            • Image Manipulation

            Comments about Cokin Z-Pro U960 Pro Graduated Neutral Density Filter Kit:

            Since I have gone full frame I haven't been able to use my old cokin p system this works great, man that case is HUGE just to warn ya, but you know what there isn't any professional equipment that is small or light so im used to it. What a great combination kit, the holder is awesome quality and great design.

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            5.0

            Great Filter Kit

            By Litespeed

            from San Diego, California

            About Me Photo Enthusiast

            Verified Buyer

            Pros

            • Easy To Use
            • Firm Mount

            Cons

            • No Adapter Ring Included

            Best Uses

            • Image Manipulation

            Comments about Cokin Z-Pro U960 Pro Graduated Neutral Density Filter Kit:

            This came with three filters with really nice "envelopes" to keep them in. The carrying case holds all the filters and filter holder and is made well and easy to carry with a long enough strap to put across you shoulder. The medium gray and soft gray filters seem to be very close in color and I really can't tell much of a difference. I probably would have preferred a 3 stop gray filter instead of either the soft gray or medium gray. I have used them for sunset's and they add a lot to the photo. You do have to buy a separate adapter ring, it would have been nice if it had been included in the kit.

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            5.0

            A must have if u like landscape photo

            By TboneZ76

            from Midwest(misery)

            About Me Photography Student

            Verified Buyer

            Pros

            • Easy To Use
            • Great Attachment
            • Use Other Brand Filters

            Cons

            • Diff Adaptr For Each Lens

            Best Uses

            • Exposure correction

            Comments about Cokin Z-Pro U960 Pro Graduated Neutral Density Filter Kit:

            Great for high contrast situations especially for getting beautiful skies and still have foreground properly exposed. It works beautifully.

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            5.0

            Alternative to the more expensive brand

            By Turk

            from New Jersey

            About Me Pro Photographer

            Verified Buyer

            Pros

            • Clear Optics
            • Easy To Use
            • Firm Mount
            • Great Tool
            • Priced Right
            • Strong Construction

            Cons

              Best Uses

              • Filter Protection
              • Image Manipulation

              Comments about Cokin Z-Pro U960 Pro Graduated Neutral Density Filter Kit:

              Have been using circular filters for years, I wish I had purchased these filters long ago. They make a tremendous difference when shooting in daylight conditions. If you apply the filters correctly, blown out skies become acceptable and show detail. The are also good for slowing down motion, shooting a waterfall or moving stream the filter will smooth out the water and give it a creamy blurred effect, of course you need a tripod to achieve these types of photos. These filters are a great addition to anyone equipment.

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              5.0

              My new landscape best friend

              By One legged Todd

              from St Louis, MO

              About Me Photography Student

              Pros

              • Clear Optics
              • Easy To Use
              • Everything About It
              • Firm Mount

              Cons

              • Each Lens Needs Own Adptr

              Best Uses

              • Landscape Exposure Fixing

              Comments about Cokin Z-Pro U960 Pro Graduated Neutral Density Filter Kit:

              I am so happy with kit!! My horrible blown skies unless I HDR, are all behind me now! This is a great tool to have for all landscape photographers. I feel more confident shooting with the skies in background. I also love the adapter being circular so its easy to flip from landscape to portfolio positions, just twist the holder to put the gradient horizontal in both positions. I am very excited for my fall trip to yellowstone, now! Last year,......not so good.

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              4.0

              This is a good kit for getting started

              By Lander

              from Sherman, TX

              About Me Photo Enthusiast

              Verified Buyer

              Pros

              • Clear Optics
              • Easy To Use
              • Firm Mount
              • Strong Construction

              Cons

              • Expensive

              Best Uses

              • Exposure balance

              Comments about Cokin Z-Pro U960 Pro Graduated Neutral Density Filter Kit:

              This is a good kit for getting started using graduated neutral density filters. They are a great help in balancing exposures, especially landscapes where there is a bright sky and darker terrain. The kit is on the expensive side, but makes a very good addition.

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              5.0

              Great value

              By Owner of the black Jeep

              from Southern Illinois

              About Me Photo Enthusiast

              Verified Buyer

              Pros

              • Clear Optics
              • Easy To Use
              • Firm Mount
              • Strong Construction

              Cons

                Best Uses

                • Image Manipulation

                Comments about Cokin Z-Pro U960 Pro Graduated Neutral Density Filter Kit:

                I am an avid amateur photographer. I have been looking for the graduated ND filters for quite some time. I did much research and finally decided on the Cokin filters because of the value.
                I have been quite happy with the results and would recommend this set for anyone serious about shooting landscapes.
                I heard horror stories about color tinting and clarity of the Cokin filter, I cannot confirm this with this set, they are perfect in every way I have used them.

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                5.0

                Cokin Z-Pro ND Filter kit

                By Larry

                from Post Falls, Idaho

                About Me Semi-pro Photographer

                Verified Buyer

                Pros

                • Clear Optics
                • Easy To Use
                • Firm Mount
                • Strong Construction

                Cons

                  Best Uses

                  • Color Correction

                  Comments about Cokin Z-Pro U960 Pro Graduated Neutral Density Filter Kit:

                  A must for all Landscape photographers.

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                  5.0

                  Impressive

                  By PaulB

                  from Yarmouth, Nova Scotia, Canada

                  About Me Photo Enthusiast

                  Verified Buyer

                  Pros

                  • Clear Optics
                  • Easy To Use
                  • Firm Mount
                  • Strong Construction

                  Cons

                    Best Uses

                      Comments about Cokin Z-Pro U960 Pro Graduated Neutral Density Filter Kit:

                      I shoot 35mm format and shoot alot of landscape. I have wanted both solid NDs and graduated. These are awesome. I got the Z-Pro because I like wide-angle and the size of the Z-Pro elimanates vinetting. The quality is excellent, and the modular design convenient.

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                      5.0

                      Outstanding quality.

                      By Lester

                      from Pt Lincoln, South Australia

                      About Me Photo Enthusiast

                      Verified Buyer

                      Pros

                      • Clear Optics
                      • Easy To Use
                      • Strong Construction

                      Cons

                        Best Uses

                        • Image Manipulation

                        Comments about Cokin Z-Pro U960 Pro Graduated Neutral Density Filter Kit:

                        The Z-Pro graduated ND filter kit have enabled me to photograph landscapes into the Sun to a whole new level. The quality of the kit is very good. I have been able to clean salt water spray off of mine without any scratching/degrading of the surfaces at all. I am completely happy with them in every aspect, price and quality included.

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                        4.0

                        Bringing back old school effects!

                        By NABPHOTOS

                        from Atlanta, Ga

                        About Me Pro Photographer

                        Verified Buyer

                        Pros

                        • Clear Optics
                        • Easy To Use
                        • Firm Mount
                        • Strong Construction

                        Cons

                          Best Uses

                          • Image Manipulation

                          Comments about Cokin Z-Pro U960 Pro Graduated Neutral Density Filter Kit:

                          With new age editing technology like Photoshop, its hard to go back to your roots when you can create it all in front of your computer. But my photography professor once said to us, "Its best to capture it in the camera than spending hours editing!" I'm going back to my days of film photography where there was no editing programs to adjust your skies and darken your highlights. I was a fan of filters then and I am pushing myself back to them now! I can't wait to use them for my Yosemite trip this Spring.

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                          • Yes

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                          5.0

                          Excellent Kit

                          By redtail rider

                          from Castle Rock, Colorado

                          About Me Semi-pro Photographer

                          Verified Buyer

                          Pros

                          • Easy To Use
                          • Improves Picture Quality

                          Cons

                            Best Uses

                            • Shooting Outdoors

                            Comments about Cokin Z-Pro U960 Pro Graduated Neutral Density Filter Kit:

                            An outstanding kit of professional quality graduated neutral density filters. I really like the ability to adjust the graduation to match the horizon. Perfect for landscape photography

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                            5.0

                            Essential for landscape

                            By seanchwx

                            from sydney

                            About Me Tech Savvy

                            Verified Buyer

                            Pros

                            • Easy To Use
                            • Improves Picture Quality

                            Cons

                              Best Uses

                              • Shooting Outdoors

                              Comments about Cokin Z-Pro U960 Pro Graduated Neutral Density Filter Kit:

                              Worth every penny.

                              Ensures correct exposure for both sky and ground so details are not lost. Photoshop CANNOT recover blown details in the sky.

                              Not as well built as Lee but for the price, I'm not complaining!

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                              5.0

                              Great Graduated N D Filter Kit

                              By Doug

                              from North Jersey

                              About Me Advanced amateur

                              Verified Buyer

                              Pros

                              • Easy To Use
                              • Strong mount

                              Cons

                              • None

                              Best Uses

                              • Color correction
                              • Landscapescenery

                              Comments about Cokin Z-Pro U960 Pro Graduated Neutral Density Filter Kit:

                              Great neutral density filter kit for the money. It's easy to create great landscapes in the field with this kit, and it saves time in post production. Like all things it takes practice but once you get the hang of it you'll produce some great pictures. Don't forget you'll need the adapter ring for your lens.

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                              4.0

                              Good for Land/Seascape photography

                              By Dukz

                              from Atlanta, GA

                              About Me Photo Enthusiast

                              Verified Buyer

                              Pros

                              • Easy To Use

                              Cons

                              • None

                              Best Uses

                              • Image Manipulation

                              Comments about Cokin Z-Pro U960 Pro Graduated Neutral Density Filter Kit:

                              was able to test all 3 filters on waterfalls and rapids and got the shots I wanted :)

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                              4.0

                              Fabulous

                              By backpackerjmk

                              from Seattle, WA

                              About Me Semi-pro Photographer

                              Verified Buyer

                              Pros

                              • Clear Optics
                              • Easy To Use
                              • Firm Mount
                              • Strong Construction

                              Cons

                                Best Uses

                                • Image Manipulation

                                Comments about Cokin Z-Pro U960 Pro Graduated Neutral Density Filter Kit:

                                This kit is really a great value. I use the filters usually in combination with a polarizer. The holder is easy to use. I have the 72mm and 77mm adapter rings. They work great. The case for the kit is pretty big, so I just carry the individual filter cases. They can get dusty in their pouch so I am looking for something else to keep them in. I like that these are resin since I take photos while hiking. The glass ones were doomed to break.

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