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Old 17-12-2013, 14:16   #1 (permalink)
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I am looking to buy another ND to go with the 10 & 2 stop that i already have so just wanted to know what the rest of yous use & what make ?
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Old 17-12-2013, 14:43   #2 (permalink)
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I only have a cheap 7 day shop fader one as stopper.

Maybe you need less strong ones ? 0.3, 0.6, 1 ?
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Old 17-12-2013, 19:22   #3 (permalink)
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I just have a single B+W 6 stop ND. However, I have rarely used it. The only time I can see any use for it is with moving water. Unfortunately I live a long way from the sea or any significant waterfalls so the opportunity rarely arises for this type of shot.

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Old 18-12-2013, 10:12   #4 (permalink)
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Cheers guys have B+W 0.6nd to used it yesterday along with polariser so will post image up shortly, was looking at B+W 6 stop ND also but using with polariser to it might be a bit much & very close to the 10 stop, was also thinking of 0.9 + polariser then different f/stops for what ever feel/movement to the water
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Looking at you as a master in your technique of sea scape shots, I based my set a little on what you have been using I chose a 9 (really 8.5) stop (ND400) and a 3 stop (ND8). I was hoping to use them on the Corsican coast, but it didn't happen - lenses too heavy for Ryan Air! Ideally I would have liked a 6 stop as well only because I think that 3 stops tolerance around a given f/stop would not show too much unless working wide open with a f/1.4 to f/2.8 lens. The filters' usage has not been enough to warrant the extra 6 stop - same problem as Dave Canon, not near enough to moving water, but have used them for blurring and tightening the DOF when it's very bright. More looking for, rather than needing a use for them.

These are Hoya filters and on the ND400 there is a warning not to use lens cleaning solvents on it, only a duster, so I imagine the filter layer has been floated on as a film rather than electrolytically - damned expensive if so !! Probably not useful for use by the sea if salt water gets on it then . The ND8 is a Pro1 filter and has no such warning. I've used Hoya filters for a long time and some of the early ones are in fact just an extra layer floated? on glass and don't wear too well after a couple of decades. So far I've been happy with the newer Pro1 series.
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probably the best filters are B&W they are expensive but the quality is there. I don't know much about ND filters as I don' use them only skylight mainly for protection. I have a Hoya and a B&W and there is definitely a slight difference between them in the quality towards the B&W.
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Thanx guys, have to agree there have 2 B+W filters & there great quality even with sea spray on them give it a wipe & its fine,Hoyas are pain in the a**e, end up having to take off tripod to re-clean, smears very easy even with just a dry cloth & the breath treatmentbad breath maybe
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The last time I used a ND was the #10 you have, nothin wrong with wanting to be like you and still be me. At that tine I discovered the timer clock on my phone and used it to try and pin point a good spot on my UV. Pretty cool, it is now one of the new tools I use with that kind of thing. Skipping ahead I use my Sign-Ray veri, it's lighter than the ten but I like it. I like anything that cones out of the sign-Ray, I have been eye balling the slow-mo filters they are moveing along with. I also have a hand full of .06 you mentioned, with a bright sun across the top casting a shadow, what I call a bright shadow I used to just stick it on all the lenses I was using on the trip and it worked great, like in a patch of tress with sun rays and shadows. It goes on
and on. I get this Christmas off and plan on working on my lights, just can't get them finished. I have one strobe slave with one control. I remember how much fun it was to just sit down late at night an take candle pictures against cool looking wood. Good luck and scratch that itch.
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Interesting to know you have the Sign-Ray veri, look forward to seeing some images taken with it as am sure it is v.good being done by Sign-Ray, lots of the other makes i have heard have different reviews as to how they preform.
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Yea I read um too. I Having used this one sense they came out, I would review it as this. " The 1 to 8 marked as reference on the side of the rings, I would say are really just a little less. No biggy, it has performed when I am careful to line up to adjusting, 1/4 turn only. If you are off the numbers on the front it can have a black streak across the sides of the picture. Where I think the problem is at full darkness adjusment it has this problem before the end and people feel cheated. The end will turn easily and you loose your setting if not watching your movements. I have used it and keep it mainly from 1 to 7, these or the numbers of my limits. I have used it on many pictures I have posted here with good reviews and never tell anyone I used it. The number 3 gives very good color and 5 will give great looking water movement. Sorry, but I understand, finding the limits of any photographic gadget is what counts. Good luck

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Thanx for the info on it Boofersdont be silly & go to the trouble if your not right, speedy recovery better needed
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