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    Default ND filter for shooting with big aperture

    Hi,

    I would like to seek some opinions from fellow photographers here who have use ND filter in order to take advantage of the large aperture lenses example 50mm F1.4/135 F2 etc.

    The ND filter will be helpful under very bright condition where by using a big aperture like F2 is nearly impossible without compromising the exposure. There are some school of thought that a 3 stop ND filter is a good choice.

    My question is if this 3 stop too extreme? or something between 1-2 stop is ok? Appreciate your contribution.

    Jimmy

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    Default Re: ND filter for shooting with big aperture

    You can just slap on a circular polarizer if you don't have a ND. Works most of the time.

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    Default Re: ND filter for shooting with big aperture

    3 stops is just fine, any lower, it ain't gonna make much of a diff.

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    Default Re: ND filter for shooting with big aperture

    if you shooting someone under direct sunlight (sunny f16), using aperture of f1.4, the shutter speed can reach 1/13200 sec, 1 stop or 2 stops ND is almost useless.
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    Default Re: ND filter for shooting with big aperture

    and also if shutter speed not low enough, flash triggers would not work...
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    Quote Originally Posted by ZerocoolAstra View Post
    and also if shutter speed not low enough, flash triggers would not work...
    yes, I think so ...




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    Default Re: ND filter for shooting with big aperture

    Thanks for all your opinions. I will consider these option

    Happy shooting!

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