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    ND Filter considerations

    I am in the market for a couple of solid 4x4 ND filters to add to my LEE Filter holder. I tried the 7 and 10 stop HiTech ProStop filters, but found them to produce too much color cast--the 10 produced so much color cast that I could not correct it in post post processing (yes, I shoot RAW) and the 7 was not quite the quality of reproduction to the baseline non-filtered image I was hoping for.

    Now, I am about to try Tiffen 4x4 4mm Glass filters. I am limiting my budget to ~$450 for filters, which means I can buy 2 solid ND filters to fill in the hole to the 10 Stop Big Stopper I hope to one day get--I am on a few waiting lists for the LEE Big Stopper, but there is no hope anytime soon.

    My question is, should I go with a tradition 4 stop and 6 stop combination, or should I consider a 4 stop and 7 stop combination to give myself 3 stops between each filter.....?

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    Re: ND Filter considerations

    Quote Originally Posted by SUSOM View Post
    My question is, should I go with a tradition 4 stop and 6 stop combination, or should I consider a 4 stop and 7 stop combination to give myself 3 stops between each filter.....?

    I would want to spend a lazy $500 wisely so . . . IT DEPENDS . . .

    1. What specifically are the general SCENES and SHOOTING SCENARIOS you're wanting to slow down?

    2. What LENSES specifically the APERTURE RANGES?

    3. What CAMERAS?


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    Re: ND Filter considerations

    I'd STRONGLY suggest giving some SERIOUS consideration to a Singh-Ray Vari-ND Filter.

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    Re: ND Filter considerations

    Quote Originally Posted by Colin Southern View Post
    I'd STRONGLY suggest giving some SERIOUS consideration to a Singh-Ray Vari-ND Filter.
    Which, if acted upon, pretty much makes redundant your answering all my questions.

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    Re: ND Filter considerations

    Quote Originally Posted by Colin Southern View Post
    I'd STRONGLY suggest giving some SERIOUS consideration to a Singh-Ray Vari-ND Filter.
    I would have to endorse that. I have just obtained one and started using it and, yes, it is eye-wateringly expensive for a little bit of glass, but if you are able to allocate $450 to a budget, then I think it is the the best option you could come up with.

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