Help needed from all you experience with ND filters.
It seems to me all successful landscape pics, with the variation of sky brightness benifit from ND filters.
So the question is: what should I buy as a starter kit? I assume Lee filters are the prefered option, so other than the filters themselves, what else do I need? What filters to get, grads or sharp line? And likey budget for kit?
I own a D70 with the standard 18-70 zoom plus my lovely 70-200 VR lens, so if the same attachments could be used for both, that would be ideal
Many thanks folks
#1. "RE: Graduated Filter" | In response to Reply # 0jdbower Registered since 12th Jan 2006Fri 23-Mar-07 10:20 AM
Lee filters are good, but a lot of people use the Cokin "P" system as well - this was my introduction to the system. Both Lee and Cokin have a larger system (100mm/4" wide filters) which may be a better choice for ultrawide lenses (a 12-24mm or 10-20mm, for example) but even the "P" sized filters won't vignette very easily with a wide holder. All you'll need is that kit and an adapter ring for each of your lens sizes (this is like a step-up ring). The kit is a decent start and has a cost of probably ~$75 depending on how many rings you buy. You can take a look at this thread and this one for some more details.
#2. "RE: Graduated Filter" | In response to Reply # 1esantos Nikonian since 10th Nov 2002Fri 23-Mar-07 12:23 PM
I like to use the Cokin system "P" holders for rectangular Grad ND's. I am also totally sold on Singh-Ray Filters. Most people will suggest a starter kit of a 2-stop soft transition and a 3-stop hard transition and then build from there. I disagree. It is MUCH easier to learn how to properly use and place these filters over the front element of your lens if you stick to the soft transition grads in the beginning. So, my recommendation is to start with a 2 & 3 stop with the "soft" transition. Remember that you can stack these filters so you would then have up to 5 stops of hold back density.
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#4. "RE: Graduated Filter" | In response to Reply # 3blw Nikonian since 18th Jun 2004Wed 16-Jan-08 12:20 PM
I have Cokin grads too. Although I do agree that they are not entirely neutral, the grads are nowhere near as bad as the Cokin full (ungraduated) NDs. I regard the grads as usable (barely), but the others are simply unacceptable. The attached was shot with a Cokin 2-stop ND. Yech.
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