Where to look for Kodak Series 9 filters

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I've been hunting for Kodak Series 9 filters for my Ektar WF. Some brands of filters that I've tried (labeled for Series 9) are sized to fit Series 9 holders, and are too large for the retaining ring of my lens. S Grimes reminded me that Kodak made a set of filters for these lenses, and that's probably what will work best.

I'm watching the online stores like Lens/Repro, MPEX, Badger and Ebay - are there some other places the list could recommend for my shopping?

Thanks in advance - Bill

-- bill youmans (bill@greatgrips.com), March 02, 2002


Pawn shops can sometimes be very good, if you find the right one. A shop that has lots of old cameras will probably have boxes of old filters in the back room. Often you can get them cheap because the shop owner just wants to get rid of them.

-- Steve Gangi (sgangi@hotmail.com), March 02, 2002.

Check for any photo swap meets in your area. Larger cities have them on a regular basis. Shutterbug Magazine used to publish a listing. You can find about anything photograhic at those swap meets and used camera shows.


-- Doug Paramore (Dougmary@alaweb.com), March 02, 2002.


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-- Bob Salomon (bob@hpmarketingcorp.com), March 02, 2002.

Here is a Plan "B". I had SK Grimes make me an adapter for my Ektar so that I could use the same set of B+W filters that I have already carry for my other Nikkor lenses.

-- Michael Kadillak (m.kadillak@attbi.net), March 02, 2002.

Michael -

2 minutes after I posted the question, I also sent S Grimes a note asking him if he made an adapter that would get me from Series 9 down to maybe an 82mm. I really doubt I'd see any vignetting - do you think I would?

-- bill youmans (bill@greatgrips.com), March 02, 2002.

I pulled out my filter adapter ring that I had made by SK Grimes for my 250mm Kodak Wide Field Ektar and it is a very modest expansion adapter to go out to 95mm. Several other lenses I have take the 95mm, so adding the Kodak to the user list made sense for me. If this is the only lens in the +/- 85-90mm size for which you need to acquire filters, it is not as attractive an option.

As a general rule of thimb, I make a point of never taking a chance in opting for a smaller filter size for an adapter than whatever the lens calls for. Caution is the better form of valor as if it does not work, you have an expensive piece of scrap metal. Good filters are expensive to begin with and get even more so for increasing sizes, but I look at it as an investment.

Good luck.

-- Michael Kadillak (m.kadillak@attbi.com), March 02, 2002.

I have a set of the standard contrast filters in Series IX for black & white, from I believe Tiffen. What diameter are you looking for?

-- Ellis Vener Photography (ellis@ellisvener.com), March 04, 2002.

I have a local source that carries quite alot of Series stuff. If you let me know what you want I'll call for you and see what's available.

-- Wayne Crider (waynecrider@hotmail.com), March 05, 2002.

I'm trying to find Kodak Series 9 filters. My experience with other brands is that they are 1mm too large for the retaining ring that comes with the lens. Grimes has even offered to "enlarge" the retaining ring to accommodate these other brands. I'm figuring that Kodak 9's would fit Kodak lenses, but I haven't found any to prove my theory.

-- bill youmans (bill@greatgrips.com), March 06, 2002.

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