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$100!?

Is there a least expensive solution? I understand what you mean... That shot is fantastic.

I know generally going cheap on photography equipment leads in having to buy something else later...


What about .9? It's basically only half as dark right? I understand you still found yourself using narrow apertures using that one..
Yes, a .9 will give you three stops darker and a 1.8 six stops. And in that shot, I shot at f/13 to get the needed shutter speed, but if I had used my .9 it would have been more like f/22 and a lot diffraction would come into play making the image softer. That shot was taken in very bright day light.

And I got mine for $77 at MaxSaver (there out of stock it seems).

I think you should start with a cheap .9 and see how you like it. You might find that .9 is enough for your purposes, plus .9 is the most common ND and there are a lot of inexpensive ones. It's something to think about. The good thing about using a 77mm filter is that it's large, which means you can use step-down rings for your other lenses.
Edited by GoneTomorrow - 12/20/09 at 6:22pm
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Nice photo GT. Did you get your feet wet for that one?

I wish I had the money like I did about a year ago (that I put into computers) and could really invest in photography. Hoping to pick up a 35mm f/1.8 as a Christmas present to myself lol.
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Nice photo GT. Did you get your feet wet for that one?

I wish I had the money like I did about a year ago (that I put into computers) and could really invest in photography. Hoping to pick up a 35mm f/1.8 as a Christmas present to myself lol.
Thanks, I sure did. I was up to my waste and the camera was tripod mounted sticking just two feet above the water.

Yeah, I haven't invested in my computer in almost two years. The last thing I ever bought was a new monitor a few months back. All my money has gone to my photo gear lately.
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Thanks, I sure did. I was up to my waste and the camera was tripod mounted sticking just two feet above the water.

Yeah, I haven't invested in my computer in almost two years. The last thing I ever bought was a new monitor a few months back. All my money has gone to my photo gear lately.
I haven't added a part to my computer for about 9 months now. It was college and then unexpected medical bills that kinda killed my savings, and will continue to. With how much surgery costs (even with insurance coverage), I could have all I would every want for photography, which really isn't that much lol.
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Speaking of castles, I need to find the pictures my dad took with my old 2650 when he visited Ireland with his sisters a few years ago. We've got a funny one of him kissing the Blarney Stone at Blarney Castle Must say your set is quite nice. I intend to have a DSLR before the next time I visit Europe. Looking at slides my dad took while we were living in the south of France, it makes me wish I had had at least my S700 instead of my 2650 last December...

Had some fun with my dad's D50 while we were decorating the tree and the living room today. If I can find where he stored them I might post some of the ones I took.
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$100!?

Is there a least expensive solution? I understand what you mean... That shot is fantastic.

I know generally going cheap on photography equipment leads in having to buy something else later...


What about .9? It's basically only half as dark right? I understand you still found yourself using narrow apertures using that one..
I bought a 52mm Hoya awhile back (only 52mm ND8 they had :/) for like $18 at my local shop. The B&W's are the top of the line ones, and GT is talking about the 77mm size which tends to make the price jump.

Cokin has a great system that will fit multiple thread sizes and can be scaled to medium format as well. Some also allow the use of multiple filters if you need that effect. The prices are pretty good on them as well, I think the size to fit a 77mm thread was like $40 for the holder and about $20 for a ND8.

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Sigh only yesterday I discovered how much more substantial the 18-55 VR is compared to the 18-55 II. The MF ring on the VR version is still meh but its a step up from the II version. I'm annoyed that the MF ring moved during a shoot and I got blurry photos whilst shooting at f8/f11 @ 18mm.

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@Gone nice waterfall shot
Try out the 17-55mm
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Cokin filter resins aren't neutral, so not a great choice.
Edited by Marin - 12/20/09 at 10:54pm
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I bought a 52mm Hoya awhile back (only 52mm ND8 they had :/) for like $18 at my local shop. The B&W's are the top of the line ones, and GT is talking about the 77mm size which tends to make the price jump.

Cokin has a great system that will fit multiple thread sizes and can be scaled to medium format as well. Some also allow the use of multiple filters if you need that effect. The prices are pretty good on them as well, I think the size to fit a 77mm thread was like $40 for the holder and about $20 for a ND8.



Try out the 17-55mm
I don't really want to put that much in a DX lens because I'm hoping in 2 years a Nikon FX cam can cost the same (or less) than a D300 today.
    
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I don't really want to put that much in a DX lens because I'm hoping in 2 years a Nikon FX cam can cost the same (or less) than a D300 today.
It's usable as a 24-55mm on FX, I tried with my F100.

Either way, you can still sell it for roughly the same cost as you can buy a used copy for, it's not going to devalue in two years
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