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Old 12-08-2007, 10:17   #1 (permalink)
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Soon I am off to the land of a million water falls, do to lack of experience I am wondering about good settings, haven't used TV mode often. Is stacking important, like polerizer in front of ND for day shots? I have made 1" and 4" shots in midday with good results. Very interested in controling time. Any help with time to practice appreciated.
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Old 12-08-2007, 10:27   #2 (permalink)
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Re: Stacking order,,,Filters

I've always used >ND>Polariser.

I have on occasion suffered from flare and I think Steve once suggested using a polariser first.
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Old 12-08-2007, 10:38   #3 (permalink)
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Re: Stacking order,,,Filters

It's best to put the polariser on first, i.e. next to the lens, so that it polarises ALL light coming into the lens. If you put it on after another filter, you will get stray light coming in (from the edges) that are not polarised, which may give an uneven lighting effect in images.

2nd reason for putting UV on the outside of the polariser is protection ... polariser is more expensive, but UV can take any scratches, dust, knocks etc. + be replaced (if necessary) cheaper than a polariser.
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Old 12-08-2007, 11:46   #4 (permalink)
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Re: Stacking order,,,Filters

Ah, I was just wondering this when I decided to put the Polariser on this morning . Perfect timing ....although now overcast here for taking shots ....doh
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Re: Stacking order,,,Filters

Mmm... well.... really it's best to avoid stacking filters at all if possible. All that extra glass is likely to induce flare and degrade the image. There's certainly no need for a UV filter with anything else, and some people say that UVs are a bad idea anyway because, as well as the flare issue, if they get a knock and break, the glass fragments are likely to scratch the lens. (I chicken out here and do leave a UV filter on because it's safer if I have to clean it with an oily rag. )

Another thing is that stacking filters with wide-angle lenses can cause vignetting.
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Re: Stacking order,,,Filters

I would not use any other filter with a poloriser
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Re: Stacking order,,,Filters

This is my usual set up on a Canon 16-35 2.8L Boofers.

UV>ND>Polariser....on occasion I've added another holder to accommodate an ND Grad.

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Well at least it gets over the vignetting problem!
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Re: Stacking order,,,Filters

I have had vignetting but that was when I went OTT

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Re: Stacking order,,,Filters

right now I have been trying a polariser on the lens with a ND verible on the outside, I can watch on the camera if I hold the polariser and turn the VND the time change. Does the viewfinder on the 20D let light affect the exposure, or does it need to be covered when checking metering? I haven't been to sure. Thanks for all the comments.
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I never cover my viewfinder although some would say I should
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Well, I'd say dump the UV as unnecessary and if using ND Grads, dump the polariser. Perceived thinking is that it's better not to use one with waterfalls and if you've an alternative method of reducing exposure then use that

Whilst covering the viewfinder is, in theory, a good idea I believe it only becomes more necessary with the much longer exposure (more than 5 seconds). Having said that, I've never bothered and don't think I've ever encountered ambient light sneaking in!
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