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Jun 16, 2013 09:34 |  #1

I want to do some long exposure shots in daylight, so I'm looking to get a ND filter. One thing i have noticed is that they are quite expensive, but then there are some cheap ones swell. But are the cheap ones worth buying, or is it just worth buying a B+W one straight off?

Does anybody have any experience with these filters and if so, what ones would you recommend?

Thanks in advance for any replies!


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Jun 16, 2013 09:37 |  #2

This might help - http://www.youtube.com​/watch?v=nECdBiu5Rrw (external link)


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Jun 16, 2013 11:24 |  #3

Buying cheap filters is kinda like buying cheap automobile brake pads, you're not going to like the end results.


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Jun 16, 2013 11:38 |  #4

Has anyone tried the Hitech ND filters or graduated ND filters?


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Jun 16, 2013 12:52 |  #5

georgebowman wrote in post #16036073 (external link)
Has anyone tried the Hitech ND filters or graduated ND filters?

I have HiTech "P" size filters. They have a bit of a magenta color cast. The grad ND's I have seem to have more of a color cast then the full ND's.

I can remove the color cast in post but I've heard the HiTech 10 stop ND's color cast is impossable to remove. (I just use 2 & 3 atop ND's)




  
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Jun 16, 2013 19:20 |  #6

I carry a Lightcraft VND to slow water in streams. GND I do in LR at the angle and intensity I decide looking on a large monitor.




  
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Jun 17, 2013 03:30 |  #7

A lot of people will say never put cheap glass in front of good glass


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Jun 17, 2013 05:06 |  #8

I think color cast is the biggest problem with cheap ND filters.


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Jun 17, 2013 06:31 |  #9

Haida ND filters have quite a strong following here in the UK, theirPro II MC (multicoated) range (external link) have gained particular praise. I have their older model, without the multi-coating, of the 10-stop ND and I found it to be on a par with the Heliopan, costing twice as much.

I'd recommend going onto Talk Photography and searching for Haida ND. You'll find a lot of positive comments. Cheap doesn't always mean nasty.


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Jun 17, 2013 20:49 |  #10

My friends swear by LCW II nd filters, and you can find good reviews on them all over the web. although they are a bit pricey




  
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Jun 17, 2013 21:08 as a reply to  @ bmooreskier's post |  #11

I really like my Singh Ray Vari ND filters.


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Jun 17, 2013 23:14 |  #12

Variable NDs are convenient but work best on focal lengths 35mm and up on full frame.

For solid ND filters, filters tend to put out a color cast, especially at higher ND densities. In fact, the Lee Big Stopper puts at a cooler cast. The Singh-Ray Mor-Slo seems to be a better but even more expensive option.


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Jun 17, 2013 23:27 |  #13

Just go straight for the B+W. You will in the long run anyway and the cheap ones will only make things worse and be a waste of money when you through them out.


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Jun 18, 2013 16:11 |  #14

ben_r_ wrote in post #16040968 (external link)
Just go straight for the B+W. You will in the long run anyway and the cheap ones will only make things worse and be a waste of money when you through them out.

Thanks everyone! This is a big help.


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Jun 19, 2013 10:35 as a reply to  @ georgebowman's post |  #15

I love this website! Just ordered my Canon EF 24-70mm f2.8L II USM Lens from Best Buy. Watched the video that Kirk posted about the variable ND filters and ordered my Tiffen filter from B & H with a B+W step up ring for my Canon EF 70-200mm f/2.8L IS II USM Telephoto Zoom Lens. Thanks so much.


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