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stacking nd grad filters


16 Jan 2013 8:46AM
Hi everyone, currently in the process of looking for a .9 or .75 lee nd grad filter to accompany a .9 i have already. My question is has anyone stacked this combo and if so what were the results. Thanks all.

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User_Removed 4 4.6k 1 Scotland
16 Jan 2013 10:39AM
You will always get a theoretically better result using a single filter of a given value than when using several filters stacked to summate to the same value.

But whether any noticeable degradation is obvious is a moot point. It may depend upon all sorts of factors such as direction of light, etc.

I only use Lee grads with my Nikkor 14-24mm lens (because it has no filter thread and Lee produce an effective filter holder for it) but I never stack with that lens because I would get vignetting.

With any other lens I use a wide variety of much cheaper filters (a 5 cheapo from China is every bit as good as a 70 Lee for most practical purposes) but try to avoid stacking if I can. Occasionally I might stack an ND and an ND grad if I want a slow shutter speed plus sky exposure compensation and, to be honest, I rarely see any problem arising from the stacking although, theoretically, the more surfaces in your stack the more scope for internal reflections within the stack.

PS - You might get a finger rap from the Forum Police for posting the same thread in two sections. (I'll post this reply in both so that the Mods can delete one thread if they wish.)

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mattw 10 5.2k 10 United Kingdom
16 Jan 2013 12:50PM
Have not tried stacking that particular combination.

I have a 0.9 hard grad and a 0.6 soft grad, and find I can stack them well when needed.

Although I have not tried it, I think stacking two strong 'hard' grads may not be ideal, the transition may be too harsh. However a hard and a soft work well together.

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