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    I am new to ND fliters and would like some advice of which ND filter to get for my trip to UK. My main use will be for landscape and seascape. Any advice will be great.

    Thank you in advance.
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    Quote Originally Posted by snapperBB
    I am new to ND fliters and would like some advice of which ND filter to get for my trip to UK. My main use will be for landscape and seascape. Any advice will be great.

    Thank you in advance.
    I think .6 (and .3 if required), should give you a second lag.

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    I suggest lee or singh ray
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    Quote Originally Posted by lotus80 View Post
    I think .6 (and .3 if required), should give you a second lag.
    Depending on the how you intend to use it and what results you want to achieve. Better search for filters here in CS
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    You also need to consider if you want a gnd, a variable nd, a cpl, etc etc.

    If you have no understanding if how different filters work, then anything we advise may be a waste of money.

    And if you know how they work, you'll know which you need.

    As for brands, we have a sticky that is all about filters. I suggest you start reading.

    Plus, there are several recent threads that are identical to yours. Have you started reading those first?
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    Quote Originally Posted by snapperBB View Post
    I am new to ND fliters and would like some advice of which ND filter to get for my trip to UK. My main use will be for landscape and seascape. Any advice will be great.

    Thank you in advance.
    If you new to ND filters, you also need tripod for the ND filters. GND and CPL filter will be good for normal landscape and seascape.
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    Quote Originally Posted by snapperBB View Post
    I am new to ND fliters and would like some advice of which ND filter to get for my trip to UK. My main use will be for landscape and seascape. Any advice will be great.

    Thank you in advance.
    It really depends on your intentions, ND filters are simply tools to slow down the shutter speed, but how much you wish to slow it down depends on the photographer's vision and thus intentions.

    Depending on the time of the day, and the weather conditions which affect the ambient lighting - as well as the strength of the waves/wind, you may get different results.

    Given this understanding, one could say that having a whole range of ND filters would be best - you don't need 1-10 stops, but having something like 2-3/6/10 is optimal - you can stop down and play around with the aperture and/or multiexposure mode if your camera has it to "lengthen" the exposure. I myself have 6/10. Not sure whether to get a 3 stop one but I should sooner or later. The last issue is your budget, then. If you aren't willing to fork out that much money, then choose the strength of ND filter that you think is best for you, and go on from there.

    ND filters come in slot-in type or screw-in type. Former one, Lee or Hi-tech will be good, latter one, B+W will be good. Can read up more about them, there are loads of threads in CS - just search "nd filters site:clubsnap.com" in Google.

    Hope this helps.

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    Thanks all for the practical advice. I'll do my research and make my choice.
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    U can always start with those screw on filter, once u get the hang of it then go for square filter

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    Quote Originally Posted by HighTone View Post
    U can always start with those screw on filter, once u get the hang of it then go for square filter
    does the screw on or square filter make a huge difference in terms of image quality? or usefulness?

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    Quote Originally Posted by Netforce View Post
    does the screw on or square filter make a huge difference in terms of image quality? or usefulness?
    Probably a matter of convenience. I personally like my previous ND110, but sold it for a Pro-stopper as I am using all GND square filters, find it more convenient, having said that, I somehow still like ND110. probably haven't got a hang of it yet.

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    Quote Originally Posted by HighTone

    Probably a matter of convenience. I personally like my previous ND110, but sold it for a Pro-stopper as I am using all GND square filters, find it more convenient, having said that, I somehow still like ND110. probably haven't got a hang of it yet.
    Different color cast that suit your preference?
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    Quote Originally Posted by Netforce View Post
    does the screw on or square filter make a huge difference in terms of image quality? or usefulness?
    If made of same material it is probably a matter of preference on fixing it. Although I am not too sure if there are that many good filter companies that offer both varieties

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    Quote Originally Posted by coolthought

    Different color cast that suit your preference?
    Ya, that's right. Nd110 had a warm cast, apparently for hitech got cool cast.
    Last edited by HighTone; 19th May 2012 at 08:58 PM.

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