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Old December 4th, 2011, 10:37 AM   #1
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Do you use ND filters?

Just curious who uses ND filters, and if you've really NEEDED to use them? When I am out in the bright sunlight I pop on a CP filter and that seems to do a pretty good job and haven't used ND filters. What are you guys using?
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Old December 5th, 2011, 07:45 AM   #2
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Re: Do you use ND filters?

On the XH-A1 yes. On the XA10 it is automatic after the the aperture drops to f/4.

They are important in bright light and to avoid diffraction effects caused by small apertures. Sometime they can help reduce depth of field.
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Old December 6th, 2011, 01:51 AM   #3
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Re: Do you use ND filters?

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...On the XA10 it is automatic after the the aperture drops to f/4.
I've never been quite clear on that.
Do the auto ND filters kick in without needing to turn on a menu item, or use any special setting?
For example: shooting @ 60i, 1/60 shutter priority, auto exposure- the ND filters will simply activate automatically as the exposure gets brighter?
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Old December 6th, 2011, 09:03 AM   #4
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Re: Do you use ND filters?

That is my impression. In aperture priority as you adjust the aperture you will see it move to f/4 and then a series of ND settings before the aperture setting resumes from f/4 to f/5.6.
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Old December 6th, 2011, 06:58 PM   #5
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Re: Do you use ND filters?

Terrific!!
I think that the XA 10 is absolutely one of the best designed small cams I've ever come across :)
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Old December 6th, 2011, 07:13 PM   #6
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Re: Do you use ND filters?

One argument to an external ND filter on the XA10, which I have, is to get a shallower depth of field and still have the benefits of a stop or two less light can give. I use it to darken the background which just requires a little more light on the foreground subject.

In photography there's several effects possible with an ND Filter. Some good tutorials on youtube. Cheers
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Old December 6th, 2011, 07:20 PM   #7
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Re: Do you use ND filters?

When shooting around aircraft outdoors on the ramp, I use B+W graduated ND filters.

The 502 is better than the 501 .. it drops the bright blue sky 2 stops so I get more detail under the aircraft.

B+W 72mm Graduated Neutral Density Gray 502 Filter 65-063819 B&H


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