I just bought a 17-40mm and was wondering what filters you guys recommend for it? I mostly will be taking landscape photos and want the darker effect for the sky so I didn't know if I needed a CPL, ND, etc. Any help would be appreciated!
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Get a good CPL... I use B+W Kaesemann and think they are among the best. Multi-coated Marumi, Hoya, Heliopan, Rodenstock and perhaps some others are good too. Main thing is to look for multi-coatedm, but good glass is important too. Won't be cheap. The better CPLs give the smoothest effects and don't cause tints in images. Cheap ones sometimes do.
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ND darkens everything, not just the sky. Graduated ND goes from dark to light and can be used to darken sky if you have a reasonably flat horizon. A CPL will slightly darken the blue in the sky. If you need to darken the sky a lot relative to everything else, my preferred approach is exposure blending, not a filter. 2 or sometimes 3 shots, 2 stops apart, will generally do it.
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Joined Jan 2008
Hm it sounds like I may be needing both a CPL or ND. I was reading about the variable circular ND's that seem nice since you can just use one and turn it to get the effects of other NDs but they're so expensive!! I want to start with a nice set to give the photos a nice pop. Just have to find the most cost effective way to do so!
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For specifically what you stated the need, you will want a GND filter. You may want to look into one that can be adjusted vertically.
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