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    "Best" ND filter

    It is no secret that I love shooting my lens wide open. Naturally, that represents a "slight" problem when loving to work in bright Southern California sun with lens as fast as 0.95.

    Thus I am in need of ND filter and would like to hear which ND filters you would consider "best"?

    And by "best" I don't mean absolutely best but best among reasonably priced filters. I can't justify spending $400-ish to get best one but would be OK spending $100-ish to get 2nd best.

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    Re: "Best" ND filter

    I'm using two polarizing filters for $ 7.99 or less.
    Really dudes pay $400 for NDs.

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    Re: "Best" ND filter

    I have B+W. How many stops are you looking for?

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    Re: "Best" ND filter

    Heliopan - 3 stops
    Very good glass and to my eye no degradation of IQ.

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    Re: "Best" ND filter

    Quote Originally Posted by TEBnewyork View Post
    How many stops are you looking for?
    It is hard to be sure but I can do some guesstimating:

    My D700 can do 1/8000 shutter and on few ocassions I shot at beach in middle of summer with 2.8 lens WO 2 stop filter was keeping me within speed, _but_ I will have to check what shutter speeds I had on those shots, to see do I need another stop to account for EP2's shutter speed limit.

    .95 lens is another 3 stops if I am calculating correctly.

    Thus I would approximate 4 stops.

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    Re: "Best" ND filter

    Quote Originally Posted by TEBnewyork View Post
    I have B+W.
    Quote Originally Posted by ReeRay View Post
    Heliopan - 3 stops
    Very good glass ...
    Any pros and cons to one over the other? Anything else considered better while still reasonable in price?

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    Re: "Best" ND filter

    You can also do some research on the fader ND. I have one and have had no problem with it (essentially like using two polarizers). They get used a lot for video.

    http://www.amazon.com/RainbowImaging...581565&sr=1-10

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    Re: "Best" ND filter

    I use the B+W ND1.8 and ND0.9 extensively, no degradation of IQ but a definite slight warm cast (sometimes desirable).

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    Re: "Best" ND filter

    Quote Originally Posted by TEBnewyork View Post
    You can also do some research on the fader ND. I have one and have had no problem with it (essentially like using two polarizers). They get used a lot for video.
    Thanks, I am aware of these but decided against that approach as I have seen references of undesirable "consequences" even with Singh-Rays.

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    Re: "Best" ND filter

    I use a Lightcraft Variable ND filter all the time for John Deere shoots (so I can use flash to fill). No consequences I can see.

    I tested the Lightcraft one against the Genus; the Lightcraft gave an extra two stops. I kept it (the light is very bright here, too). Good luck.

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    Re: "Best" ND filter

    i have the older fader nd that i use alot for video and i find you loose sharpness in the longer lens range on the stills side but it sure is handy 90% of the time.

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    Re: "Best" ND filter

    If you consider "Best" to mean "Most expensive"...i think Singh Ray fits the bill. I had one but sold it. It is pretty good...but, my human eyes couldn't tell the difference between (or that cannot be fixed post) B+W or the Marumi ones....I get my filters from www.2filter.net...

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    Re: "Best" ND filter

    Quote Originally Posted by usathyan View Post
    If you consider "Best" to mean "Most expensive"...i think Singh Ray fits the bill.
    My post asked for best among reasonably expensive ones.

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    Re: "Best" ND filter

    I generally carry the HiTech ND1.2 and ND2.4 with me when I have my Voigtlander 25mm f/0.95. These are 4 and 8 stop respectively. I find in some lighting conditions, there may be a colour cast with the ND2.4 but this is easy to correct. HiTech filters cost more than Cokin, less than Lee and substantially less than Sing Ray.

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    Re: "Best" ND filter

    Quote Originally Posted by PeterB666 View Post
    I generally carry the HiTech ND1.2 and ND2.4 with me when I have my Voigtlander 25mm f/0.95. These are 4 and 8 stop respectively. I find in some lighting conditions, there may be a colour cast with the ND2.4 but this is easy to correct. HiTech filters cost more than Cokin, less than Lee and substantially less than Sing Ray.
    Thank you!

    What is everybody's opinion on slim / low profile filters vs. one size bigger with step down ring?

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    Re: "Best" ND filter

    For less fiddling and easier switching I usually prefer not to have to deal with step down or step up rings. But really, the important thing is if a standard filter causes mechanical vignetting or not.

    I have some 58 and 77mm filters and it's nice being able to limit the amount of filters somewhat. When I had the CV25 I got a couple of 52mm filters as the lens could share them with the micro 9-18 zoom and also with the CV50/1.5. So, it's just down to what suits best for your situation.

    that's my opinion, reading my post doesn't really make me think it helps,

    Jonas

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