Originally Posted by GoneTomorrow
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.
Alright, I'll try using a .9 to see how well it goes. And how true! Having a larger filter will allow me to use it on smaller lenses, either way, I kind of win
Originally Posted by Mootsfox
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.
I did notice even with Polarizing filters that the even a small difference in the filter size makes the price go up exponentially. Quite ridiculous in some situations really...
Hmmm... I need to find some info on polarizing filters. From some shots I have seen with those used, they get really good! Specially landscape shots. I wonder if those can also be used on a stepdown ring...