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#1 Leaviathan

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Posted 16 January 2017 - 08:46 AM

How do you focus?  :huh:


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Posted 16 January 2017 - 09:05 AM

Okay dumb question, pre focus then put the filter on  :P  and hopefully my cheap tripod won't allow the camera to move too much


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Posted 16 January 2017 - 10:08 AM

First you focus, then you install the filter.  If you're worried about your camera moving, compose using a slightly wider FOV than you normally would (either zoom out or move back).  Then you can crop out what you don't want in post.

 

Or, use Xume filter adapters.  They're magnetic, so there's not much to putting the filter on.


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Posted 16 January 2017 - 04:55 PM

With a mirrorless you simply focus with the filer on as the viewfinder compensates for lighting and filters.


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Posted 17 January 2017 - 03:53 AM

With a 10 stop, you probably won't see through the optical viewfinder. Depending on what camera/lens combo you use(and how bright it is outside), you may be able to get an image in live view. Try setting the lens to wide open aperture in live view. If you can get an image to focus just don't forget to stop down to shooting aperture before taking the shot. If you don't get an image on the screen you have to remove the filter to focus. And don't forget to cover the viewfinder. With a 10 stop ND, enough light can get through the finder to ruin the image.


Edited by LightMeter, 17 January 2017 - 03:55 AM.

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