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    Default Is it a MUST to use a ND filter on a bright & sunny day?

    Even if I do not max out my shutter speed to 1/8000 sec.

    Will it improve the quality of the photo?

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    Default Re: Is it a MUST to use a ND filter on a bright & sunny day?

    No, why?
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    wow you are using such equipments and you seem to lack a ND filter. Basically i use it on a sunny day and when i need a lower f-stop. CPL works too but sometime it gives different result. Back to qns, it is the same quality as long f stop same
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    Default Re: Is it a MUST to use a ND filter on a bright & sunny day?

    Quote Originally Posted by Paranoid View Post
    Even if I do not max out my shutter speed to 1/8000 sec.

    Will it improve the quality of the photo?

    Thanks

    How does ND filter improve the quality of the photo?
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    Default Re: Is it a MUST to use a ND filter on a bright & sunny day?

    Quote Originally Posted by dmhchew View Post
    wow you are using such equipments and you seem to lack a ND filter. Basically i use it on a sunny day and when i need a lower f-stop. CPL works too but sometime it gives different result. Back to qns, it is the same quality as long f stop same
    what does the gears TS has got anything to do with a ND filter?
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    Default Re: Is it a MUST to use a ND filter on a bright & sunny day?

    Actually I do have 2 pcs B+W ND filters. 3 & 6 f-stops.

    Blame it on my laziness to change and fix on the ND from the UV filter.

    Plus I need to attach the flash for get rid of the dark shadows on the subject face.


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    Default Re: Is it a MUST to use a ND filter on a bright & sunny day?

    Quote Originally Posted by catchlights View Post
    How does ND filter improve the quality of the photo?
    I suppose it does reduces some harsh sunlight & glare?

    Well pardon my ignorance if I'm wrong.

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    Default Re: Is it a MUST to use a ND filter on a bright & sunny day?

    Quote Originally Posted by Paranoid View Post
    I suppose it does reduces some harsh sunlight & glare?

    Well pardon my ignorance if I'm wrong.

    Still learning.
    That's a polarizing filter. i suggest you do some reading on what an ND filter is.
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    Default Re: Is it a MUST to use a ND filter on a bright & sunny day?

    Quote Originally Posted by dmhchew View Post
    wow you are using such equipments and you seem to lack a ND filter. Basically i use it on a sunny day and when i need a lower f-stop. CPL works too but sometime it gives different result. Back to qns, it is the same quality as long f stop same
    What is a "long f-stop"? Do you even know what f-stop is?
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    Default Re: Is it a MUST to use a ND filter on a bright & sunny day?

    Quote Originally Posted by Paranoid View Post
    Actually I do have 2 pcs B+W ND filters. 3 & 6 f-stops.

    Blame it on my laziness to change and fix on the ND from the UV filter.

    Plus I need to attach the flash for get rid of the dark shadows on the subject face.


    I see, using fill flash during bright & sunny day.

    if you use ND filters to bring down the shutter speed to the highest sync speed, your viewfinder will be very dark, your flash will also have to work extra hard. Why don't just simply use high speed sync aka FP mode?
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