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02-28-2016, 05:49 PM   #1
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Where to start with ND filter

Thinking about getting an ND filter to start playing around with it on landscapes (prepping for vacation in July!) Recommendations on where to start? I was thinking about a 10-stop (correction: 9-stop, actually this one caught my eye: Hoya 77mm Neutral Density ND-400 X Multi-Coated (HMC) Glass Filter A77ND400) as it seems that would give a more drastic effect, but since that seems to be on the higher side, not sure if that would wind up be too limiting.

Suggestions on where to start?

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If you are just playing around prior to a vacation, grab a cheap variable density model to learn the ropes and determine what you might like. Imho, unless you plan on doing large prints, the variable density option is more than sufficient to give you excellent results.
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Are you sure you are talking about a 9-stop ? Usually ND filters are listed as .9= 3 stops, .6= 2 stops, .3= 1 stop. I would usually start with a .6= 2-stop then move up to a .9= 3 stop if you need more darkening move to .9...
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+ 2 on the variable nd filter. It sure beats stacking them. I have 4 in different ones in varying filter sizes. I rarely use them but the are nice to have.

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QuoteOriginally posted by hjoseph7 Quote
Are you sure you are talking about a 9-stop ? Usually ND filters are listed as .9= 3 stops, .6= 2 stops, .3= 1 stop. I would usually start with a .6= 2-stop then move up to a .9= 3 stop if you need more darkening move to .9...
Acoording to Hoya "The NDx400 has a 9-stop light reduction equal to a ND optical density of approx. 2.7."
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