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ND Filter - Which one to buy?

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16 Dec 2011 4:41PM
I am looking to invest into a ND filter, but I'm not sure which one to go for. Ideally I would like to have one as dark as possible and it should only cost pennies (that goes without saying really). The filter is to be used primarily with my wide-angle lens, but could be useful for other lenses as well, provided I can attach the filter with some sort of adapter ring. Now my questions. Should I go for a round filter , maybe the cheaper option, or with a filter system like the Lee Filter Holder Foundation Kit ? Any comments would be appreciated.

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18 Dec 2011 5:30PM
Hello Steffen. i have also been looking for a ND filter, i was speaking to David & recommended trying one of these. i have not got one yet (after xmas).


Hope this helps.
18 Dec 2011 6:20PM
Hi Alan, I've tried Davids filter in the Lakes, unfortunately the variable NDs are not very good for ultra wide angle lenses as they leave some weird cross across the picture.
JackAllTog Plus
9 5.0k 58 United Kingdom
19 Dec 2011 10:39AM
For landscapes:
A cokin P series would be a reasonable start, the holders are cheap and the filters readily availble.
The Lee filters are way expensive and hard to get hold of.
There are other 100mm filter brands and you can cut cokin holder up and reglue them at 100mm width.

Would you want pure one shade ND filters or graduated filters to adjust for sky and land?
Hard transition filters are often recommended for aps-c filters and soft transition for FF where the horizon is broken by unevean objects.

For sunrise/sunset shots a reverse grad is sometimes used - the main shaded area is at the transition boundary.

For Long exposures - Big Stopper:
The screw in ones will stop light entering around the lens - i.e. in the slide in filter area.
I have one from a company i think is called light works.
19 Dec 2011 12:46PM
Graduated NDs are a bonus, no doubt. I heard about the light leakage problems with non screw on filters, but it's apparently only a problem when taking very long exposures. So I guess that all things considered I'd be better off buying the 'Filter Holder Foundation Kit' and then add filters as and when needed? It certainly makes more sense in the long run. Hm...
19 Dec 2011 4:59PM
Does anyone know this 'Bellow' type filder holder he's using in the video?

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20 Dec 2011 2:51AM
He could have showed the finished picture in the video.
JackAllTog Plus
9 5.0k 58 United Kingdom
20 Dec 2011 8:53AM
I don't know if these are the same bellows but maybe - http://www.srb-griturn.com/lee-filters-bellows-hoods-469-c.asp

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