In this paper, waveguide resonators and bandpass filters with E-plane inserts containing I-shaped resonant insets are presented. These insets introduce to the response finite transmission zeros much less sensitive than those produced by cross-couplings. Also, their use results in structure compactness, unlike bandstop resonant cavities that add volume. Two kinds of extracted pole sections that demonstrate response flexibility of the proposed resonators are designed at 10 GHz and tested. One is based on the dominant mode with a transmission zero in the upper stopband and the other on a pair of higher order modes with a transmission zero in the lower stopband. Also, a 3rd order filter for 11 GHz band combining both dominant and higher order mode resonators is modeled to illustrate the scalability of such a modular design. These filters are very suitable for low-cost mass production.