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02-01-2015, 04:08 PM   #1
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Which ND filter for use on DA 15mm Limited?

I've been looking around in the forums about this but did not find enough info. I'd like to get a strong 49mm ND filter (my first) to use mainly on my DA15 but also on my other primes and on my smaller m4/3 stuff.
Looking around for available options I narrowed it to these next few, based on budget and what I got the impression are the better brands:

Hoya 49mm NDx400 HMC Filter
Hoya 49mm ProND1000 Filter
B+W 49mm 3.0 ND 110 Filter


What do you think? all are more or less priced the same so I'd love to see your opinion based on your experience with these. especially about the differences between the two Hoyas.

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02-01-2015, 04:35 PM   #2
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If you want really slow shutter speeds, the NDX400 is great, it's what I use.
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Just be warned the Hoya NDX400 has a rather nasty colour cast:



The B+W filter ( which is made by schneider) would be by far the most neutral of the three ND filters, that would be my choice.
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I also Prefer the B+W 3.0 110 ND.

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I use the hoya nd400 and it is outstanding, any weak point in any of the 3 can be fixed in post
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You might consider getting a variable ND filter. Also you may consider getting a filter to fit your max-diameter lens and obtaining step up rings to fit your others, saves money and bag space.

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QuoteOriginally posted by Oldbayrunner Quote
...Also you may consider getting a filter to fit your max-diameter lens and obtaining step up rings to fit your others, saves money and bag space...
The OP asked about the DA15. I've read that the 15's retractable lens hood interferes with step up rings (but can't confirm).

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I use the B+W on my DA 15. Works well, doesn't vignette, and has a mild color cast. Pretty easy to correct the color in post by setting WB.

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QuoteOriginally posted by DeadJohn Quote
The OP asked about the DA15. I've read that the 15's retractable lens hood interferes with step up rings (but can't confirm).
I think it would.
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QuoteOriginally posted by DeadJohn Quote
The OP asked about the DA15. I've read that the 15's retractable lens hood interferes with step up rings (but can't confirm).
I don't have any step up rings but that seems to be the case.

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Thanks for all the replies. I guess no one uses the Hoya ProND1000.
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As I have no experience using filters of any kind, I decided to take this opportunity and get my self a 49mm polarizing filter as well. I've been looking around and the options are plentiful.
Can anyone recommend on which polarizer you use on your limiteds?

I might open another thread for this one.
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ive got 3-4 ND filters, mostly Hoya but for my DA15 I purchased the Haida slim pro II and its perfect. doesnt get in the way of the hood and absolutely no colour cast.

QuoteOriginally posted by Pablom Quote
Thanks for all the replies. I guess no one uses the Hoya ProND1000.
I have this ND filter and its also very good. however its more expensive than the Haida and not necessarily better. whichever of the 2 you choose, you will not be disappointed

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I ran into this problem last week. I have a 52mm variable ND with adapter ring and it will not work due to the built in lenshood. I can also tell you that a 49mm variable ND will not work either for the same reason. Although a non-variable 49mm ND filter should be fine. I expect it will be very difficult to find a step down ring solution to use a variable ND filter with the 15mm as the lenshood is likely to get in the way.
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