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Which ND filter - 1.0/1.2/1.5/1.8

 
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Apr 25, 2009 18:58 |  #1

I have a .9 (3 stops) ND filter, but I'm finding them not dark enough when shooting long-shutter waterfall shots. To get 1" shutter speeds using my .9 ND filter, I'm having to use ridiculously narrow apertures like f/22 and up, which gets the shutter speed I need, but results in serious softness. The lighting conditions are bright diffused late afternoon sunshine and I don't have the advantage of nice shaded waterfalls here.

I've noticed that there are darker ND filters: 1.0/1.2/1.5/1.8, which is a good number with out getting too dark in late afternoon bright sunshine? Forgive the question, but would stacking two .9 ND filters be at all efficacious?


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Apr 25, 2009 19:06 |  #2

If you want to get away from f/22, the 1.8 (6 stop, 64x) would give you 3 stops, or f/8 instead of f/22. You could get the effect by stacking 2x 0.9 ND as well, but the extra air-filter interfaces might cause some problems/


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Apr 25, 2009 19:39 |  #3

Ok, thanks, I'll look into 1.8.


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May 06, 2009 11:38 |  #4

This is my current dilemma. The 1.8 looks like the ticket because of the same issues that you're facing.

My question is can you see through the 1.8 when it's on? And does anyone sell a multi-coated 1.8?

Also I've heard that you can see through a dark ND filter better w/ live view is this correct? Has anyone heard of this or seen this?

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May 06, 2009 11:41 |  #5

I wouldn't expect to see through it very well. It's going to be like usign DoF preview to stop your lens down to f/22 and trying to see anything. If your camera boosts the gain on the image, yes, LiveView will help you see better. I think they call it "Exposure preview" on some models.


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May 06, 2009 11:46 |  #6

I ordered a B+W 1.8 ND from Maxsaver recently, can't wait to get it!


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May 06, 2009 14:14 |  #7

Get the Singh-Ray Vari-N-Duo combined variable density ND filter and polariser- it's *the* filter for waterfalls and other moving water.




  
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May 06, 2009 14:24 |  #8

Shadowblade wrote in post #7869617 (external link)
Get the Singh-Ray Vari-N-Duo combined variable density ND filter and polariser- it's *the* filter for waterfalls and other moving water.

Jesus, it's $390.00! I can't spend that much on a filter unfortunately, but it does look like an ideal filter.


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May 06, 2009 14:38 |  #9

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Jesus, it's $390.00! I can't spend that much on a filter unfortunately, but it does look like an ideal filter.

This is exactly my reaction. Also with at 10mm there has to be some serious vinetting. The vari-n-dou is a thick sucker!

I love the concept. Too bad no other company hasn't come out with a competing product. Singh-Ray being the only one, keeps the price sky high!vmad


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May 08, 2009 05:16 |  #10

GoneTomorrow wrote in post #7869710 (external link)
Jesus, it's $390.00! I can't spend that much on a filter unfortunately, but it does look like an ideal filter.

HAHA. According to the companies website that is their introductory pricing.


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May 11, 2009 12:40 |  #11

Just ordered the B+W 1.8 filter from Maxsaver.net yesterday. I'm excited to use it. I also ordered step up rings so I can use it on all my lenses. This will be my first B+W so I'm interested in trying it out.

I'll post back after I get a chance to play w/ it and hopefully get a couple nice samples.


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May 11, 2009 18:39 |  #12

bzollinger wrote in post #7900046 (external link)
Just ordered the B+W 1.8 filter from Maxsaver.net yesterday. I'm excited to use it. I also ordered step up rings so I can use it on all my lenses. This will be my first B+W so I'm interested in trying it out.

I'll post back after I get a chance to play w/ it and hopefully get a couple nice samples.

They take forever to ship, but it's worth for the price!

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May 11, 2009 21:20 as a reply to  @ GoneTomorrow's post |  #13

Very nice :-)




  
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May 11, 2009 21:31 |  #14

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Very nice :-)

Thanks! ;)


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May 11, 2009 22:59 as a reply to  @ GoneTomorrow's post |  #15

Nice, make's the 1.8 worth while to get. :D


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