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so since i want to be able to shoot outside at 1.4 and not have to be at like 1/8000 i am looking at ND filters. i understand B+W and Hoya are good. also i want the best bang for the buck but i want quality if there are no cheaper equivalents then ill pay for the best assuming its not more than like $60 because its a filter.

i do not understand the measurements for them but i would like one that is equivalent to 1/16 on a video camera which is the middle built-in ND on most pro video cameras. i was looking around and cant figure out which one i want but would it be 0.9?
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A .9 might be a tad dark if you're just looking to shoot at f/1.4, but it should work in bright conditions. Personally, I'd try something a bit weaker, like a .6.

Wikipedia summarizes the different ND types:

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Neutral_density_filter
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thanks. i forgot about wiki. my teachers have me kinda brainwashed since its not always the most reliable source lol.

i think i might still do a 0.9 since it stops 3 stops. and i can increase ISO a tad if needed. ill have to think about it a little.

what about brands B+W and hoya are the ones to look at? i would love to not break the bank since i see they run about $60 are there good ones in the maybe $30-40 range? or am i being cheap?


i am considering this one


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Originally Posted by GoneTomorrow View Post
Personally, I'd try something a bit weaker, like a .6.
I always carry a 2-stop ND with me. With this being the era of digital, people don't really think about them nor see their value -- but they're super useful. I shoot almost every roll of b+w at 800 (pushed 1, T-Max, Delta, HP5) and just carry an ND for bright days.

Why you'll need 1.4 so often is beyond me, but to each his own.
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i probably wont but i may stop it down a little but if im shooting in daylight its nice to be able no have to shoot at over 1/1000 for things that arent even moving

i would only shoot at 1.4 in really bad lighting conditions anyway but sometimes i want a shallow DOF in good lighting conditions and dont want to shoot at 1/8000 to get a good exposure in daylight lol. i dont always shoot at f6 or smaller and i dont really shoot landscapes so im not stopping down a bunch when in day light
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dont want to shoot at 1/8000 to get a good exposure in daylight lol
Why not? That's why it's there.
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i dont know. just seems excessive. im just not accustomed to it. im used to having NDs when shooting video because we cant adjust shutter speed on video cameras. just seems weird to me. i guess if its not bad for the camera then i guess i dont need it. i just feel strange not having them because i use them so often at work
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i probably wont but i may stop it down a little but if im shooting in daylight its nice to be able no have to shoot at over 1/1000 for things that arent even moving

i would only shoot at 1.4 in really bad lighting conditions anyway but sometimes i want a shallow DOF in good lighting conditions and dont want to shoot at 1/8000 to get a good exposure in daylight lol. i dont always shoot at f6 or smaller and i dont really shoot landscapes so im not stopping down a bunch when in day light
Why does it matter if you have to shoot a 1/8000" if the shot is good? If my meter demands a faster shutter speed than what my camera is capable of, I just click it down -1 EV and it's easily fixable in post.
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