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    what the different between x2,x4,x8?

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    Quote Originally Posted by ryan84
    what the different between x2,x4,x8?
    http://www.thkphoto.com/products/hoya/oef-05.html

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    The more "x"s, the more stops of light it cuts off.
    so effectively, a 2x cuts of less light than a 8x ND filter.

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    let say i shooting waterfall and mountain..
    which X? is better?
    or is it depend on the lighting of the day...

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    it depends more on how long u want open ur shutter to get ur intended effect.

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    so the theroy is say that when i set at 15sec and i use x2 ND filiter and i get 30sec of shutter because it x2?

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    no .....
    read the website i post ...

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    Quote Originally Posted by ryan84
    so the theroy is say that when i set at 15sec and i use x2 ND filiter and i get 30sec of shutter because it x2?
    If you set your filter at 15 secs, you'll get 15 secs. The x2 ND filter will reduce the light entering by 1 f/stop, which means, if without filter you get an equation of 15 sec : f/11, with the filter you should use 15 sec : f/8. Which also means you can push the f/stop higher and get longer exposures. The filter's to prevent over-exposure outside the f/stop values available to you to play with, when you really want to get long exposures. Try using shutter priority with the filter, might be easier for you, if all you want to do is get a specific motion effect, like waterfall curtains etc. Hope that helps.

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    Quote Originally Posted by tingchiyen
    If you set your filter at 15 secs, you'll get 15 secs. The x2 ND filter will reduce the light entering by 1 f/stop, which means, if without filter you get an equation of 15 sec : f/11, with the filter you should use 15 sec : f/8. Which also means you can push the f/stop higher and get longer exposures. The filter's to prevent over-exposure outside the f/stop values available to you to play with, when you really want to get long exposures. Try using shutter priority with the filter, might be easier for you, if all you want to do is get a specific motion effect, like waterfall curtains etc. Hope that helps.
    erm
    think should be with filter F11 without is F8

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    Quote Originally Posted by latmo
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    think should be with filter F11 without is F8
    Nope, with filter = less light = wider aperture.

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    Quote Originally Posted by tingchiyen
    Nope, with filter = less light = wider aperture.
    F number bigger mean the hole is smaller .......

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    tingchiyen's Point:

    1. correct metering at 15secs = f11
    2. metering with NDx2 = f16 (-1stop)
    3. compensate 1stop light loss = f8

    latmo's Point:

    1. correct metering at 15secs = f8
    2. metering with NDx2 = f11 (-1stop)

    Am i correct?

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    haha yeah... thanks, fox.
    but don't confuse ryan! just plunk on the filter and use shutter-priority!

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