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Basically I want an ND filter that allows me to use exposure times of a handful of seconds in normal daylight. Looking through some of my photos from today I found these exposure times:

forest / ISO 100 / f4 / 1/25s
sunny forest / ISO 100 / f2.8 / 1/250s
overcast open field / ISO 100 / f2.8 / 1/2500s

so the range is pretty big.
Any suggestions what strength of ND filter would work best? I was thinking about some extreme like 8 f-stops reduction but I don't know if thats sensible.
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post #2 of 22
define a handful of seconds lol. are you basically wanting to do long exposures during the daytime? you can stack ND filters as well last i heard
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post #3 of 22
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Lets say something roughly around 5 to 10 seconds. Basically I want to be able to get long time exposures of things in motion like clouds, water etc.

*edit*
I dunno, the 8 f-stops sounds extreme but the chart told me I'd need that to get from 1/125s to 1s. I'd probably need even slightly more f-stops according to that.
Edited by mosi - 4/21/12 at 2:54pm
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I have a 10 stop and I can get 30s exposure during sunny day at f14-f16
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After a while of research I ordered a set of Haida filters for kind of cheap. The whole set did cost about as much as one Hoya 8-stops so I'm curious how this will turn out. They're supposed to have a blueish tint that can be corrected in post quite well.
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post some pics once you use them and let us know what you think. i dont own any filters and have not heard of that brand but im interested to see how it goes
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hope the low price doesnt compromise the quality of the glass... wouldnt want to achieve the speed you want but get a crappy picture wink.gif
 
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Sure will do. Hopefully they arrive soon so I can get around to play with them a bit. Ah the mild thrill of anticipation smile.gif
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post #9 of 22
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Well I've got the filters in the meantime. Ordered them oversized so I won't have problems on the wide angle side.
Sad thing is, the 72->82 step up ring I've also ordered was missing from the package.
After shooting them an email they sent me that ring but they managed to pack up a 77->82mm ...

I dunno.. the thought came naturally:
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post #10 of 22
If you have the cash for them, there are some vari-ND's out there. Let's you shift their opacity on the fly. Check out Singh-Ray, but be ready for the price
http://singh-ray.com/varind.html

There are some off-brand versions, about $100 but aren't as optically good.
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