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Variable ND vs dedicated 8 or 10 stop filter

JohnE Nikon

New HArtford, US
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JohnE Nikon Registered since 15th Jun 2010
Fri 25-Jan-13 07:48 PM

I have decided to buy a real nd filter. Was not very happy w my hack variable ND filter I already posted about.

I plan on an 8 or 10 stop filter.

Are the real IQ advantages to a dedicated ND filter vs a variable ND filter? Variable filters seem to be less expensive and are more versitile. I am learning you often get what you pay for.

I am considering a 77 mm filter and plan on inexpensive step up adapters for my smaller circumference lenses.
I like a regular filter as opposed to filter holder system and adapters as I think a filter in its case will be more durable in my back pack on my travels. a holder with holder adapters seems a little complicated and I am concerned with it getting damaged during hikes, or plane rides. Also it seems more bulky. Is this reasoning valid? The flexibility of a holder system seems nice on the other hand.

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