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02/05/2011 02:22:39 PM · #1
Hi everyone, I'm in the market for some ND filters, and I'm wondering if it may just be best to go the filter holder route, where you slip the square shaped filter into the holder, or should I go with classic ND filters and buy them for each of my lenses. Does anyone have any comments regarding the holders? It just seems like that would be the best solution for someone with a range of lenses.

Also - can anyone recommend a good range of ND filters to get? I'm looking to shoot in daylight and leave the shutter open for longer periods of time. Looking forward to the comments, thanks!
02/05/2011 02:52:14 PM · #2
See here.

It won't matter much which way you go with regards to holders or screw on. Personal preference, although you can finely tune the graduated filters more readily with the holders.

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02/05/2011 02:53:55 PM · #3
Originally posted by jrod1984:

Also - can anyone recommend a good range of ND filters to get? I'm looking to shoot in daylight and leave the shutter open for longer periods of time. Looking forward to the comments, thanks!


Whatever system you get, if you want long exposures in the day, you'll want 6-10 stop filters at the least. You can either do that with multiple, lower powered filters, or a single higher strength filter.
02/05/2011 03:00:51 PM · #4
Bright sky above with dark shadows below? That's my landscape situation most of the time. I use soft graduated neutral density filters and a filter holder. It's a Lee filter system. I have a lens adapter for each lens diameter. The holder clips onto the lens adapter. The 4x6 resin filters slide into the holder. The big advantage is the ability to stack and stagger filters. Also, I can rotate to match the horizon. Also, the ability to slide the filters up and down is helpful. I use 0.6 (2 stop) and 0.9 (3 stop) filters. Often, I will stack those to give me 5 stops of light reduction in the sky. Many of my scenes at sunrise are 12 camera stops. So, even with soft grad ND filters, I will also bracket scenes -1, 0, +1 for HDR blending. An example of Alberta Falls, which includes sunlit areas, a bright sky and silk water effect, ' . substr('//images.dpchallenge.com/images_portfolio/50000-54999/54446/120/Copyrighted_Image_Reuse_Prohibited_930668.jpg', strrpos('//images.dpchallenge.com/images_portfolio/50000-54999/54446/120/Copyrighted_Image_Reuse_Prohibited_930668.jpg', '/') + 1) . '
02/05/2011 03:05:26 PM · #5
I just bought the regular screw-on filters that would fit my largest diameter lens and then a step-up ring for each of the other lenses I own. The step-up rings are very reasonably priced - about $5-$7 for the "General Brand" rings at B&H.
02/05/2011 03:25:55 PM · #6
Just bought Singh Ray soft .6 ND for Cokin P holder. None of the filters are cheap. But two must haves are the soft .6 graduated ND and the hard .9 graduated. There is much more control over the slide filters than the screw ons. Secondly the can be transferred to a number of different lens w an adapter for the Cokin or whatever brand filter holder you chose.
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