Just my 2c - because I don't use a lot of filters - but my 3 and 6 and 10 stop ND filter does most of the work. As someone mentioned, no point getting 1,2,3; you're better off with 3,6,10. The reason is that you should be able to adjust something else e.g. shutter speed or aperture, for 1-2 stop difference. I also tend to get the same filter size in case I feel like stacking (all my filters are 77mm). Don't use Lee so can't comment on that.
IMO, 3 stop ND is also optional but comes in very useful if you are doing portrait in bright sunlight and you've hit the max shutter speed yet still wanna open the aperture to get maximum bokeh effect. For landscape, I seldom use it, although it does give the flexibility of not having to mess around with the settings a lot.
anybody can intro a cheap kit to startup with? thanks
For dirt cheap saquare filters, you can look at those ebay ones which cost less than $20 for one whole set of square filters. These may give the basics of filter usage. But of course, the down side is that the color cast from these filters are pretty bad for some of them. Not uncorrectable thou, but just more time consuming.
But before buying anything, I'll suggest a good read at this thread: http://www.clubsnap.com/forums/showthread.php?t=803029
Im looking at square filters to try out first before I invest in a better filters. Any brands to look out for at ebay? Thank u
sorry to TS if I post my q here.
Seems Lee GND is only up to 3 stops while Hitech is up to 4 stops. But earlier threads mention 6 stops onwards. Where can I find such GNDs?
You only need 2 filter for landscape:
1) A 9 or 10 stop ND
2) A 3 or 4 stop ND
The rest are not so important, unless you restrict yourself to taking only 1 shot or no post processing.
I also thought so earlier on, then when chatting with a photo contact on his FB page I realized that there are instances where you DO want to use a GND. Of course GND is limited in some sense, but take the following example:
1) Sunset timing
2) Sun is going down, glorious skies and colors appear, which last for a limited amount of time
3) You want a long exposure shot for whatever reason (moving clouds, smoothing out the water)
Blending the shot can sometimes result in a mismatch between the details of the skies and what you see in the rest of the scene. If you have the sun out in its full glory but it isn't showing in the reflection or casting shadows, etc, it's not ideal either.
So GNDs are always useful, just whether you care enough to buy and bring them out. I don't.