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How well does the ND filter feature on the G9 work? That is, compared to a physical 3-stop ND filter, how does the artificial feature on the G9 compare? Does anyone have experience using the two? Does anyone have examples to compare? Does anyone want to venture out and give it a shot for us to see? :lol:

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I don't think it is artificial... I can visibly see it slide behind the lens when activated and it functions wonderfully.

It is a 3 stop filter so I think it would be like any other 3 stop filter... works fine.

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Really? That's interesting. So, with a G9, you really don't have to go out and purchase a 3-stop filter to avoid overexposure if you want to increase your exposure time with a fixed aperature, right? Would buying one be a waste of time? Does anyone have any examples?

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Yeah, it's a real ND. If you activate it while looking down the lens you can see the filter slide into place. It's pretty cool.

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imtrashed wrote in post #4765623external link
Really? That's interesting. So, with a G9, you really don't have to go out and purchase a 3-stop filter to avoid overexposure if you want to increase your exposure time with a fixed aperature, right? Would buying one be a waste of time? Does anyone have any examples?

The filter is neutral, you won't be able to see anything in examples really,,, it just allows you to slow down your shutter time. You can keep the aperture wide open in sunlight etc... Yeah, it would probably be a waste of money imo

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Wow...that's cool. I thought it was electronic. Would be nice if they could build in other filters like a polarizing filter that you could adjust with the dial

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lukeeesteve wrote in post #4776824external link
Wow...that's cool. I thought it was electronic. Would be nice if they could build in other filters like a polarizing filter that you could adjust with the dial

Yeah, that would be cool... I imagine they may do that at some point.
Problem is, with every additional moving part you have there is an increased risk of something breaking...

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After reading this thread I thought I'd try the ND filter on my G7.
First time I have used it, here's the results.
Taken in full midday sun, M mode, Av 8, Tv 1/13 and a tripod.

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Broomer, that's a nice looking example of what the G9 can do with it's ND filter. Thank you. I'll have to fiddle around with it and see how it compares to external quality ND filters. Maybe using both.

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imtrashed wrote in post #4801877external link
Broomer, that's a nice looking example of what the G9 can do with it's ND filter. Thank you. I'll have to fiddle around with it and see how it compares to external quality ND filters. Maybe using both.

I think they will be the same,,, but if you use another one you can of course slow things down even more...

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I'd like to see a camera with a built-in leveling device, instead of relying on cross hairs. I mean one that gives you feedback in the LCD. Sometimes, the scene is indistinct.

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Savas K wrote in post #4802432external link
I'd like to see a camera with a built-in leveling device, instead of relying on cross hairs. I mean one that gives you feedback in the LCD. Sometimes, the scene is indistinct.

There is software out there that are quite good at that. I like the one in Picasa.

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I actually discovered the ND filter when using the video function of the camera to take clips of a performance. With the spotlight, the subject was blown out. There weren't any settings it would let me change, so I activated the ND filter and voila! Video looked like it should have in the first place.

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Broomer that is a really good pic i must say, where was it taken if you don't mind me asking??

I really want the G9 but at the moment Contractors Insuranceexternal link just a little bit too expensive so i'm going to wait a bit and buy it when it comes down now!!

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fortinaa wrote in post #4806793external link
I actually discovered the ND filter when using the video function of the camera to take clips of a performance. With the spotlight, the subject was blown out. There weren't any settings it would let me change, so I activated the ND filter and voila! Video looked like it should have in the first place.

That's a great idea, Aaron.

I had never thought of using the ND filter shooting videos. I had the same problem of blown highlights so couldn't figure out how to adjust it. Thanks for the idea.

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