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Feb 06, 2013 19:41 |  #1

Hi,

Can you use GND (soft/hard) filters as ND filter in 4x4 Lee compatible holder?

Thanks!


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Feb 06, 2013 19:43 |  #2

...well they are ND filters. Can you get the fully ND part (non-graduated) to take up the entire frame? Yes...depending on focal length.


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Feb 06, 2013 19:44 |  #3

As long as the GND is long enough, yes. A 4x6" will do it fine. But only with hards as with soft GNDs the transition will make part of your ND less dense.


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Feb 06, 2013 20:05 |  #4

Sirrith wrote in post #15581013 (external link)
As long as the GND is long enough, yes. A 4x6" will do it fine. But only with hards as with soft GNDs the transition will make part of your ND less dense.

Thanks!

I'm thinking of getting a 3-stop hard as my first GND filter (Lee 4x6), will it be good for landscape photography on 16-35 II?


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Feb 06, 2013 20:36 |  #5

Numenorean wrote in post #15581010 (external link)
...well they are ND filters. Can you get the fully ND part (non-graduated) to take up the entire frame? Yes...depending on focal length.

I will use it on 16-35mm 2.8 II


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Feb 06, 2013 20:42 |  #6

ifi wrote in post #15581092 (external link)
Thanks!

I'm thinking of getting a 3-stop hard as my first GND filter (Lee 4x6), will it be good for landscape photography on 16-35 II?

It will work fine.


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Feb 06, 2013 20:49 |  #7

Sirrith wrote in post #15581223 (external link)
It will work fine.

Thanks :)


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Feb 06, 2013 21:19 |  #8

I dont have a 16-35 btu on a 17-40 you can use a hard grad as a straight ND


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Feb 06, 2013 22:17 |  #9

RobDickinson wrote in post #15581325 (external link)
I dont have a 16-35 btu on a 17-40 you can use a hard grad as a straight ND

Thank you!

Not sure if it makes any difference, 16-35 takes 82mm filters vs 77mm on 17-40.


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Feb 06, 2013 22:46 |  #10

ifi wrote in post #15581481 (external link)
Thank you!

Not sure if it makes any difference, 16-35 takes 82mm filters vs 77mm on 17-40.

It won't make a difference, the 4x6 are enough to cover the FOV of the 16mm.


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Feb 06, 2013 23:26 |  #11

Thanks :)


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Feb 06, 2013 23:29 |  #12

Honestly, the soft grads work just fine when pushed down far enough, too; but the hards a little easier to do it with.


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Feb 06, 2013 23:50 |  #13

I did some more reading and seems like most people prefer 3-stop soft for general usage on full frame with wide angle lens. I may not get many opportunities to shoot ocean, mainly landscapes with trees/buildings.


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Feb 07, 2013 00:16 |  #14

I find that I use my hard grad a lot more than my soft. The soft usually ends up being pushed so far down that it covers the whole image before I get enough darkening of the part I want. I find having both is the best option :)


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Feb 07, 2013 01:15 |  #15

I'd have to agree with Tom. Both is the way to go, although, if you're shooting more buildings/mountains/tr​ees, the soft grad is a bit easier to use than the hard grad


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