I have a Firecrest 16 Stop ND now. Mid day, I can get 5 minutes. This example is SOOC on both, both are ISO 50, f/8. base exposure was 1/250, and a little over exposed. The 16 Stop Exposure was 300 seconds, 5 minutes, and a bit under. But it shows the color cast...that if you believe advertising it doesn't do....for only needing one filter, sure it works fine...but I don't think I would want to limit myself to only have a 16 stop...I so often use the 3, 6 and 10 alone, and combined...having only one would limit what I can do, especially if the one is a 16 stop...early morning or late afternoon you would end up in exposures that wouldn't' work, they would be too long IMO.
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Cool thanks. I have other ND filters, I just don't think I want to stick to the plate as my only 10 stop filter. When I use my 10 stop, I generally end up stacking one of my 3 stops in there to get 13 or 16 stops (I have several 3 stops and stack on telephotos often, both for this kind of stuff and fast aperture portrait with strobes).
I don't mind color casts too much. My big stopper has an obvious blue cast to it, despite it being one of those filters heralded as having less color cast, at least it's not a super strong purple or something.
Generally I find 90~120 seconds to be plenty for what I do near the ocean and sky. So I don't need much and I don't mind stopping down to F16, F22 to get there with less ND's.
I want 16 stops though for the 2 to 8 minute stuff, to simplify the setup and make it faster to get the exposure point. Also, to be able to do ghost town stuff at attractions and places, for fun. Sometimes I do it just for the experimentation.
I would then have a few 3 stop filters and a 16 stop. So I could always have 3, 6, 9, 16, etc. But without having to stack circular filters and plate filters to get it, which is what I'm doing now, and it's just getting old I guess and I want to reduce to three filters, well, four filters (2x 3 stop NDs, 1x 16 stop ND, 1x CPL).
The Marumi I'm looking at seems ok.
Not a ton of options for 16 stops out there.
I like what I saw of "break through photography" filters, but they're pretty price and I've yet to see a 16 stop.
I saw the Firecrest you just mentioned too.
Hard to find real examples of any of these frankly.