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I'm interested in trying Cokin filters (or a similar system) on my Lumix LX-5. Has anyone had success with this, and are there pitfalls to be avoided such as vignetting on wide-angle shots?

I've already used the threaded filter adapter tube, and screw-in filters. It's Cokin/Lee style of filters that I'm particularly interested in.

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Assuming Panasonic hasn't done anything proprietary with the thread pitch on the filters, you should be able to use holders like the Cokin system using a 52mm holder ring. Usually, most of the issues with filter holders and such vignetting is with wide angle shots, but I suspect that the adapter tube is going to be more of an impact than the filter holder. The rings for the Cokin system are about 1mm thick, so not very thick. You probably want to get the P series if you do, but I'd advise trying the ring out in the store before buying, just to be sure that you're okay on threads (I only say this because they list filters as accessories designed to use the adapter tube).

As an additional note to the Cokin system and ND filters... Stacked ND filters tend to result in a strong magenta color cast. Just be aware of that if you do try them out and shoot RAW for better correction. This is an issue only for Cokin as far as I know.

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Thanks : The adapter tube gives you a generic 52mm filter thread, and causes no vignetting with a single "thickish" polarizing filter, even at 24mm equiv. I've used Hoya filters with no trouble. –  Roddy May 8 '13 at 18:52
    
@Roddy - That's the sign, I think, that says you can. –  John Cavan May 8 '13 at 19:01
    
I guess it's the specifics of P vs A series that's the issue. I don't have anywhere convenient to try one, so I'm looking for first-hand knowledge of the combination. –  Roddy May 8 '13 at 19:15
    
@Roddy, that's mostly about focal lengths. I advised P because of the equivalent range on your camera. –  John Cavan May 8 '13 at 19:59
    
P vs. A has to do with the lens' diameter, not focal length. The "A" filters provide coverage for lenses up to 67mm in diameter at the front element. The "P" series can cover a lens up to 84mm wide. The Z-Pro and X-Pro are 100mm and 130mm wide respectively. The material in the corresponding filters in each size are the same. The price difference is based primarily on the larger amounts of material needed for the larger filters. An 87mm square has 1.5x the surface area of a 67mm square. The X-Pro series are almost four times the area of the "A" series. –  Michael Clark May 9 '13 at 0:05

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