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Old Sep 16, 2010, 9:24 AM   #1
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I have been recently looking into a natural density filter. Is it worth the money to get? I've been looking at the Cokin filter, but I don't think I want to invest the money into the whole set up just for the one filter. I found another generic filter at Henry's. I only take photos as a hobby and for my own enjoyment.

Anyone have suggestions?
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Old Sep 16, 2010, 1:58 PM   #2
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Are you talking about a NEUTRAL density filter (often abbreviated as ND filter)? If so, it depends on what types of pictures you want to take. It's purpose is to cut down the amount of light that hits the sensor. This is useful if you are taking pictures of a waterfall in bright sunlight and want that creamy look you can only get by using a very slow shutter speed. They come in different values, depending on how dark they are.

Or are you referring to a graduated neutral density filter, which does much the same thing but on only part of the area, mostly it would be dark at the top and clear at the bottom. That's useful for certain types of landscape shots.

For the most part these filters are specialized things for landscape photographers. If you are shooting your kids indoors you would definitely NOT want to use them. Unless you have a specific need for them I wouldn't bother buying one. If you do need one then it's always better to get a good one - cheap filters usually aren't worth the money and potentially can degrade your image quality.
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Thanks. That helps a lot.
It would be for landscape shots.
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