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04-29-2014, 01:01 AM   #1
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Which ND Filter?

Looking to try some long exposure shots in daylight so ive been on the lookout for a good ND filter.Just need some advice on what type and which brand.
Ive been looking at the variable ND filters which i do prefer but can get quite expensive.
Is there any vari-ND particular brand out there that is affordable and delivers good quality images at the same time?

whats your opinion on this filter : Hama 62mm 62 ND2-ND400 Vario ND Variable Neutral Density Camera Lens Filter | eBay

or would i be better off buying the Hoya ND400?

The ND is only for long exposure shots (seascapes,waterfalls etc)


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rather get a 8 stop fixed. The good ones do not have colour cast issues, but even then can be removed in post if you shoot RAW. For moving water etc in landscapes or seascapes 30 seconds work well, but at ISO 100 and F22 it needs to be twilight outside to make it work with a 6 stop. And if you go to the very small apertures you can get diffraction issues and great magnification of sensor dust

I have never used the vari ones, but as you say, they are quite expensive. A 62 mm with step down should work fine, but you can get vignetting with a wide angle with the step down ring
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thanks for the reply man.any idea what the difference between the hoya hmc nd and the hoya pro nd?
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I am also looking to experiment with ND filters and just picked up a Hoya Pro 10 stop from Amazon. I'll post back with some results.
http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B00FZ83CU2/ref=oh_details_o00_s00_i00?ie=UTF8&psc=1

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I am also looking to experiment with ND filters and just picked up a Hoya Pro 10 stop from Amazon. I'll post back with some results.
Amazon.com : Hoya Pro 49mm 1000x Neutral Density Filter, 10 Stops (3.0) : Camera Lens Neutral Density Filters : Camera & Photo
u sure thats a 10-stop? it does state 10 stop but on the case it says ND64 which is 6 stop.
whats the widest u will use it?
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i use the Hoya ND400 9-stop filter, in three different sizes. quality is excellent and no real issues with sun flare. There is definitely a greenish cast, but shooting RAW makes that a non-issue.

That Hama variable looks like trouble, IMO.
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QuoteOriginally posted by schnitzer79 Quote
u sure thats a 10-stop? it does state 10 stop but on the case it says ND64 which is 6 stop.
whats the widest u will use it?
it says 10 stop right in the description...I plan on using it with my DA15
I think that the photo does not refer to the actual item because it shows a 77mm and I ordered a 49mm??
The description says optical density 3.0 which is 10 stops according to the charts that I Googled.
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Neutral_density_filter
I'd be pretty upset it it came in as 1.8 optical density which is indeed 6 stops and would probably call the seller to return it.

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Gave it some thought and made some calculations based on previous shots and ended up buying a 10 stop ND. Will post some feedback next week when i get it

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I just received my Hoya Pro 49mm ND1000 10 stop filter....it's beautifully built and looks like excellent glass. I can't wait to take it for a spin this weekend.
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The guys here in Singapore are pretty happy with the Haida ND filters.
I got myself a 10stop ND and couldn't be happier.
Minimal color cast and its the easily correctable type which even more expensive 10 stop ND can't make the claim of.
Slim filter ring too.

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The guys here in Singapore are pretty happy with the Haida ND filters.
I got myself a 10stop ND and couldn't be happier.
Minimal color cast and its the easily correctable type which even more expensive 10 stop ND can't make the claim of.
Slim filter ring too.

Real Life Review of Haida ND Filter
seems like a decent ND filter actually.never heard of that brand before
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QuoteOriginally posted by schnitzer79 Quote
seems like a decent ND filter actually.never heard of that brand before
According to the dealer here, its sold in the UK. (probably expanded to other places too by now since this was about a year ago when we had that conversation)

I've been happy with the ones I bought.
Low colour cast and easily correctable at that, filters are the slim type and cheaper than the famous brands.


Taken with the filter and Pentax K24/2.8

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According to the dealer here, its sold in the UK. (probably expanded to other places too by now since this was about a year ago when we had that conversation)

I've been happy with the ones I bought.
Low colour cast and easily correctable at that, filters are the slim type and cheaper than the famous brands.
i hadnt heard of them at the time, but since then I bought 2 haida ND filters and very pleased with them. the fact that they are slim is such a bonus since they hardly take up any space, plus any other ND filter than this would certainly not fit on my DA15 with the retractable hood
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Im in the market for an Haida ND filter or 2 for 2 purposes


1) So I can use my F1.2 lens in daylight wide open
2) long exposure night time cityscapes or street shots where I need longer exposures to get rid of all the people walking around.


Could someone give me an idea of the ND values I should be looking for?
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1) if you go at the highest shutter speed, isnt it sufficient? im assuming just for general use right? a cpl could work well here. i tend to use mine a lot with my A50mm 1.4 when i shoot wide open outside
2)for night time cityscapes you could get away with using f11-f16, ISO 100, and without an ND. depends how long of an exposure you want.

ive got a cpl, an 8 stop and a 10 stop ND, and so far theyve been working great.
There are also variable NDs that vary from 2 to 10 stop, but I suggest you stay away since they can degrade quality of your images and also give a strong colour cast sometimes.
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