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Old Dec 14, 2010, 2:40 PM   #1
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Hi all I'm about to order an ND filter for blurring water etc ...Which should I go for ND-4,6,8 or graduated and can you explain why?
Thanks for any input offered. It's for the FZ35.
Also I know they are cheap but want to try 1st before getting a much better one...will these work with the fz35?
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Old Dec 14, 2010, 2:54 PM   #2
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I have the Panasonic one - which is an ND8. I have no experience with the cheap ones - but I guess when they are 46 mm in diameter you will be able to use them with the FZ35.
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Old Dec 14, 2010, 3:12 PM   #3
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Would an ND6 do the job nicely or should I do the 8?
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Old Dec 14, 2010, 3:50 PM   #4
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I use a Fader Neutral Density Filter (ND2 to ND400) which is the best you can afford to reach your needs. With this filter you can reduce the amount of light from 1 to 9 f-stops.
They are not cheap, but the results that are achieved are spectacular.
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Neutral_density_filter
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Old Dec 15, 2010, 2:23 AM   #5
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I have also ordered from ebay...an nd8 cheapo one...lets hope it arrives and I can feedback what I got.

I also ordered a cp filter...can anyone assist with what I can do with that??
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you may find the nd8 is too much depending on the brightness of the day, the speed of the water and the effect you may be looking for in that situation. the variable one is interesting altho at 40 bucks, i'd not be too sure of the quality. perhaps the $125 one is better.

anyway, since you've ordered the nd8, you could always order the nd2 and 4 later if you'd like the flexibility.

cp filter? sorry. i don't know.
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CP (circular polarizer) filters are being used for several reasons. They help to improve contrast and get more vivid colors (interesting for landscape for instance) and they also kill or reduce annoying no metallic reflections (for instance in water, a window, etc...).
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Thanks for the input everyone and I found a good deal on Hoya 46mm 4x (0.6) Neutral Density Multi Coated Glass Filter for 6 bucks and ordered a lil while ago. Many were telling me that an 8 may be a little much as well.
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