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#1 aoakley89

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Posted 05 September 2014 - 02:53 PM

Hello Everyone,

 

I need some input/advice on ND filters.  I'm still learning my new camera so I don't need anything too expensive or too fancy (haha).  Could someone please explain the difference in the ND filters? And which one I can use on the camera without having to focus first?  If I said that correctly. 

 

Any information will be greatly appreciated!  I want to get out there and experiment more with my photography!

 

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Posted 06 September 2014 - 12:42 PM

Christina, RonW is our ND expert and I'm sure he could give you some good advice.

 

My primary choice of brands are B+W (brass ring), Hoya (aluminium ring) and Nikon. As far as I know Nikon is not in the ND-filter market.

I think you can still focus using an ND6 filter but perhaps one of our Planteers can confirm that. Probably also dependant on the camera model used.

My ND-filter is a 9-stop ND500 manufactured by Light Craft Workshop.

 

Perhaps something similar to a Light Craft Workshop Variable ND-filter is the answer. ND values run from 2 to 8. Further higher ranges are available but more costly.

 

Whatever your choice it may be an idea to purchase a large diameter ND-filter and use step-up adapters for your smaller diameter lenses.

Could save you a few bucks!

 

Hope this helps a bit.

 

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Posted 06 September 2014 - 08:48 PM

Hi Christina,

As would have it, I had a phone call yesterday from a close friend of mine who  is a  photographic pro shop manager

We were actually talking about ND filters, I asked him about the variable ND filters and he advised against them as a lot his clients were getting mixed results

 

As Herman mentioned, Ron W is our ND filter king here, amazing images from his ND filters

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Posted 08 September 2014 - 01:35 PM

Thank you for replying! Hopefully Ron will be able to reply soon, I would like to see what he suggests. 

 

I just hope I understand correctly.  So does the variable filter mean I can keep it on my lens and still focus at the same time? 

 

Thank you!

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Posted 08 September 2014 - 02:51 PM

Have not used any ... But interested in this topic.

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Posted 08 September 2014 - 07:22 PM

Thank you for replying! Hopefully Ron will be able to reply soon, I would like to see what he suggests. 

 

I just hope I understand correctly.  So does the variable filter mean I can keep it on my lens and still focus at the same time? 

 

Thank you!

Christina

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