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Old Jan 29, 2006, 5:35 PM   #1
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I posted a msg another forum, not sure how much trafic it's getting, so here's a link:

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Old Jan 29, 2006, 9:45 PM   #2
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Well the also make 3 and 4 stop graduated ND filters, just to throw some more temptation your way. I'm assuming you are talking about the square drop in filters like Cokin or Lee, I don't know that they make a screw-on graduated filter, but they may. There are also come in hard edge and soft edge, I prefer the soft edge. I would say start with the two stop myself if your choice is between the 1 & 2, only because if you are only one stop off you can probably bring enough detail in the underexposed area of the scene in your photo editor.
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Old Jan 29, 2006, 9:45 PM   #3
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I don't use an ND filter but one stop sounds like the plan.

Sounds like Caboose has more experience in this area and he's recommending two stops.

Generally when I work with RAW files I don't like to tweak a photo more than one stop anyway.

Under what photographic situation do you intend to use it?



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Old Jan 29, 2006, 10:03 PM   #4
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Terry,
I'm talking about a graduated nd filter. Mostly for landscapes where the sky is much brighter than the rest of the image.
I like caboose's idea - I can correct for 1 stop difference in post, so I'm thinking the 2 stop would serve me better.
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Old Jan 29, 2006, 10:16 PM   #5
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with the 2 stop you are actually going to be pretty good for conditions that are anywhere from 1 to 3 stops off, concidering you can correct for 1 stop post processing. I used cokin filters quite a bit back in my film days, and have just started using them again with digital and I like the results so far. I agree with Terry about only correcting for no more that one stop post too. The cokin filters are pretty inexpensive, and they are pretty much a one size fits all once you get the adapter rings for your different lenses. I would recommend The "P" size filters. Lee, Singh-Ray andHitech and I believeeven Tiffen make square filters that fit the Cokin filter holder.
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Old Jan 29, 2006, 10:20 PM   #6
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Oh I'm sorry, I didn't see the word "graduated".


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