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Found some Genus fader nd filters after searching for nd filters. Anyone have experience with these? It's a bit pricy but doesn't seem too bad from the reviews.
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Well, it's much cheaper than the Singh-Ray version at least, though several of the customer reviews I've read at B&H describe a lot of "inconsistency, (unevenness of the filtration, softness at certain focal lengths) which is something I wouldn't want to put up with for that much money. If I were getting an adjustable ND filter, I'd get the Singh-Ray.

However, I think it's a better idea just to get standard ND filters. Just find the right amount of light reduction you need and go from there (I use a 1.8, which is sometimes not dark enough, but perfect 90% of the time). You might find that you only need one or two ND filters anyway, which is cheaper in the end.
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Thanks but the ones you recommended are $390
I was looking into the regular nd filters but don't know which to purchase, which led me to the vari nd filters.
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post #4 of 12
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Thanks but the ones you recommended are $390
I was looking into the regular nd filters but don't know which to purchase, which led me to the vari nd filters.
Buy a 2-stop ND for starters, you can guess from there. If you want to do things like waterfalls and seascapes you might want to consider a 6-10 stop ND.
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Thanks but the ones you recommended are $390
I was looking into the regular nd filters but don't know which to purchase, which led me to the vari nd filters.
I don't know what you want to shoot with ND's, but if it's just to allow shooting ultra-large apertures in very bright conditions, then a .6 or .9 ND is enough. For moving water (and other subjects requiring shutter speeds on the order of while seconds), you'll want something darker like a 1.8 or higher. I say go for a darker ND, as you can always compensate if the filtration is too much via ISO/aperture, but if an ND isn't dark enough, all you can do is stop down a lot.

Wikipedia has a good chart of the common ND filter types:
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/ND_filter
Edited by GoneTomorrow - 8/15/11 at 1:48pm
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Mainly going to shoot waterfalls. I guess a 10 stop b+w would be good?
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Mainly going to shoot waterfalls. I guess a 10 stop b+w would be good?
Absolutely. It may be a tad dark for some situations (like shooting during a cloudy day or under a think tree canopy), but typically opening the aperture or raising the ISO can easily compensate without much detriment to IQ. I'd like a 10-stop myself to go with my 6. With a 10, you could get 1 second+ shutter speeds in full sunlight.
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Absolutely. It may be a tad dark for some situations (like shooting during a cloudy day or under a think tree canopy), but typically opening the aperture or raising the ISO can easily compensate without much detriment to IQ. I'd like a 10-stop myself to go with my 6. With a 10, you could get 1 second+ shutter speeds in full sunlight.
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B+W the way to go? or are brands that is worth considering?

Is this the one?

Edited by michintom - 8/15/11 at 1:55pm
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Thanks
B+W the way to go? or are brands that is worth considering?
Hard to go wrong with B+W, but there are definitely other brands (Cokin, Lee, Hoya, etc) especially when you get into square filters, but that's when it gets really pricey.

B+W has lower end and higher end filters, and the cost varies a lot depending on the size. You will need a 58mm ND filter for your 50/1.4 (check the front bezel of the lens to be sure), which is significantly cheaper than 77mm filters.

http://www.bhphotovideo.com/c/search...Ns=p_PRICE_2|1
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Hard to go wrong with B+W, but there are definitely other brands (Cokin, Lee, Hoya, etc) especially when you get into square filters, but that's when it gets really pricey.

B+W has lower end and higher end filters, and the cost varies a lot depending on the size. You will need a 58mm ND filter for your 50/1.4 (check the front bezel of the lens to be sure), which is significantly cheaper than 77mm filters.

http://www.bhphotovideo.com/c/search...Ns=p_PRICE_2|1
I know. Planning on getting lenses with 77mm filter threads very soon. Just going to get an adorama 58mm to 77mm step up adapter
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