Usefulness of Graduated ND plate filters
I've been enjoying landscape photography for several years using a D90 and a 10-24mm Dx lens plus a host of Singh-Ray filters including the Vari-ND, Cokin filter holder and a collection of Graduated ND P filters. I'm finally upgrading to a D800 and looking to outfit my venerable 14-24mm f2.8 with a comparable filter system. I believe I'm fairly up to date on the filter systems currently available. I'll definitely be using the filter holder for ND (stoppers) filters.
QUESTION: Given the wonderful dynamic range of the D800 + the advanced capabilities of Lightroom 4.3 and Photoshop CS6, particularly in recovering highlights and extracting details out of shadows, do you find Graduated ND plate filters less useful and perhaps more trouble to lug around and hassle with nowadays?
My OBJECTIVE: 1) save money; 2) reduce the amount of gear to carry. Those 150mm plate filters are a pain to stuff into my overstuffed pack and I'm afraid they'll break.
#1. "RE: Usefulness of Graduated ND plate filters" | In response to Reply # 0mklass Nikonian since 08th Dec 2006Sat 26-Jan-13 10:09 PM
While I believe the plate filters still have value in certain circumstances, you can certainly get by without them on a D800 in most situations. If need be, you can shoot an HDR bracket and process them accordingly.
So if your objective is to save money and reduce you gear to carry, you can achieve those goals and still get the shot 99% of the time.
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#2. "RE: Usefulness of Graduated ND plate filters" | In response to Reply # 1Mako Registered since 02nd Apr 2009Sun 27-Jan-13 02:29 PM
Mick - thank you kindly for your response. Good to know my thinking isn't too far off the mark. So I'll hold off on the graduated NDs for now and see how well I can manage.