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I am toying with the idea of purchasing a 9 or 10 stop neutral density filter and I was wondering if anybody had had any experience with the Polaroid (PLFILFDND72) variable ND filter.
I understand that the B&W or Hoya brands come highly recommended, but unfortunately both these types are out of my price range at the moment. I have Googled and eBayed extensively but couldn’t find any cheaper alternatives apart from the Polaroid type mentioned above.
Anyway, any guidance will be much appreciated.
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I've seen negative comments on variable ND filters. Someone posted a pic of a horrible dark cross in their photos (maybe even on here, can't remember) which apparently is a fairly common problem. I recently bought a 10 stop Hitech filter from Bristol Cameras for £38.00 which works OK. I see they also have an InfraRed filter to fit Cokin P series holder, also at £38.00, which I'm hoping to get.
Save up and buy a decent one. Pointless getting something that is not good enough. I have B + W and Hoya filters.
I've taken on board your comments and just purchased a Hoya ND400 - thanks for the advice!
Quote: I see they also have an InfraRed filter to fit Cokin P series holder, also at £38.00, which I'm hoping to get.
I had the IR filter for the Cokin 'P' system & it was a complete waste of time unless I sealed all round the filter & holder with opaque tape, as the light leakage around the filter ruined the shots. possibly I may not have been using it correctly and there may be some who can get it to work without taping, it just didn't work for me! (bought a Hoya R72 screw in filter which works a treat without the hassle).
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