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    Hi All,

    Anyone have used any ND filter before?. I looking for one to try but not sure which is good.
    I have research and saw Cokin and Tianya. Anyone used them before, which is better?.

    Can advise?.

    Thank you

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    Default Re: ND Filter

    Depending do you want the Square/Slot-in type of filters or those Round/Screw-in filter?

    Square/Slot-in Filter
    - Lee
    - Hi-Tech
    - Cokin
    - Tianya

    Screw-in Filter
    - B+W
    - Hoya
    - Kenko

    How many f-stop of light do you want to cut?

    1 stop - Hoya ND2 / Lee or Hitech ND0.3 / B+W ND101
    2 stops - Hoya ND4 / Lee or Hitech ND0.6 / B+W ND102
    3 stops - Hoya ND8 / Lee or Hitech ND0.9 / B+W ND103
    4 stops - Hitech 1.2
    6 stops - B+W ND106
    10 stops - Hoya ND400 / Lee or Hitech ND3 (also known as Big Stopper) / B+W ND110
    Last edited by Francis247; 14th January 2011 at 10:49 AM.
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    Hi,

    maybe you would wanna take a look at this thread?

    http://www.clubsnap.com/forums/showthread.php?t=803029

    Hope this helps
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    Quote Originally Posted by Francis247 View Post
    Depending do you want the Square/Slot-in type of filters or those Round/Screw-in filter?

    Square/Slot-in Filter
    - Lee
    - Hi-Tech
    - Cokin
    - Tianya

    Screw-in Filter
    - B+W
    - Hoya
    - Kenko

    How many f-stop of light do you want to cut?

    1 stop - Hoya ND2 / Lee or Hitech ND0.3 / B+W ND101
    2 stops - Hoya ND4 / Lee or Hitech ND0.6 / B+W ND102
    3 stops - Hoya ND8 / Lee or Hitech ND0.9 / B+W ND103
    4 stops - Hitech 1.2
    6 stops - B+W ND106
    10 stops - Hoya ND400 / Lee or Hitech ND3 (also known as Big Stopper) / B+W ND110
    Woah, the choices are wider than I expected.
    But not all shops will carry such a wide range. Any shops will you recommend that will have more choice and possibility of making comparison?

    Thanks

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    Quote Originally Posted by Ivshootphoto View Post
    Hi All,

    Anyone have used any ND filter before?. I looking for one to try but not sure which is good.
    I have research and saw Cokin and Tianya. Anyone used them before, which is better?.

    Can advise?.

    Thank you
    to know what ND filter you want you must first know how much you want to slow your shutter speed
    if you love photos from 20 seconds to god-knows-how-long long exposures then you'll probably need a 10 stop B+W ND110 or 9 stop Hoya ND400
    if you just want to lengthen shutter speed to 1 sec plus for waterfall during daytime then 3 stops onwards should be sufficient
    of course if you have lots of money you can buy filters for all the different stops

    and if you only need to lengthen exposure time and don't need to stack with GND (graduated ND filter) i'll suggest you use round screw in ones (hoya is very decent already)

    oh and i wont recommend getting 1 or 2 stops ND they are wasting your money
    Last edited by jeffchanjj; 14th January 2011 at 11:33 AM.

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    Default Re: ND Filter

    Quote Originally Posted by Ivshootphoto View Post
    Hi All,

    Anyone have used any ND filter before?. I looking for one to try but not sure which is good.
    I have research and saw Cokin and Tianya. Anyone used them before, which is better?.

    Can advise?.

    Thank you
    Perhaps you can read through this thread first...

    Newbie Guide to Filters
    Exploring! :)

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    Default Re: ND Filter

    Quote Originally Posted by Ivshootphoto View Post
    Hi All,

    Anyone have used any ND filter before?. I looking for one to try but not sure which is good.
    I have research and saw Cokin and Tianya. Anyone used them before, which is better?.

    Can advise?.

    Thank you
    Are you looking for Neutral Density filters, which extend exposure time...

    Or Graduated Neutral Density filters, which help to balance out exposure when there are differences (say, in landscapes, when there is a brighter sky than foreground)?

    Usually newcomers confuse the two.

    Both are ok and are relatively cheap. Serves purpose quite well.

    Cokin tends to be more consistent, tends to give yellow cast (For both GND and ND).

    Tianya will be more erratic, give very different cast with each filter, but is cheaper. Tianya cast if you are lucky is easier to correct than Cokin.

    Hope this helps.

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