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Old December 6th, 2007, 08:06 PM   #1
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Which ND filter to get?

Just about to order some filters, which ND filter does everyone find is useful in bright sunlight on the A1? Thx.
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Old December 6th, 2007, 11:14 PM   #2
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You mean besides the ND filters built into the camera?
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Old December 6th, 2007, 11:20 PM   #3
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Yep, I figured I'd need an external ND to cope with the very bright sunlight we get down here.
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Old December 7th, 2007, 12:04 AM   #4
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Hi Allan.................

Well, I would suggest just getting a good quality 72mm Polarising filter that screws onto the threads of the A1 lens.

Without knowing what you shoot, how, where, and under what circumstances, it's a bit difficult to add a lot more.

The polar plus inbuilt ND's will take care of anything even the worst of Oz can throw at the camera.

Hope that helps.


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Old December 7th, 2007, 12:24 AM   #5
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Hi Chris, thanks, we're shooting a stack of aircraft shows and for me a CP has certain drawbacks, I prefer to use one when I need it.

Got a feeling the A1 NDs couldn't fully cope with the noonday sun here and as I was trying to cover the BnH freight costs thought I might as well get all the 72mm stuff in one go. Ordering a 72 Hoya tobacco grad, had a great time with one on the HV20.

That's another point, is around mid exposure the place to keep the A1?
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Old December 7th, 2007, 09:22 AM   #6
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Probably an ND .3 would do what you need.
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Old December 7th, 2007, 12:45 PM   #7
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The built-in ND filters are good for 2 1/2 stops and 5 stops.
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Old December 17th, 2007, 11:38 AM   #8
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Just about to order some filters, which ND filter does everyone find is useful in bright sunlight on the A1? Thx.
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Allan,

Check these products out. I find ND.3 to be too little in most situations as the camera will add either too much or too little ND to begin with. Our most popular selling ND filter is ND.6.

I would recommend a matte box but you can get away with any of these options as well:

http://www.schneideroptics.com/ecomm...D=669&IID=3053

http://www.schneideroptics.com/Ecomm....aspx?CID=1431

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Old December 17th, 2007, 12:29 PM   #9
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Remember to use -3 dB gain, equals 0.3 ND filter...
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Old December 17th, 2007, 02:10 PM   #10
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Thanks all seasons greetings. Ryan last Tuesday I had to order, and blow me down I guessed it, I'm looking at one of your ND.6s as we speak :)
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Old December 17th, 2007, 03:46 PM   #11
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Hi Alan:

I'm in the south of Spain, also a very bright sun, and I have yet to need an ND filter beyond the built-in ones. Unless you require a more narrow depth of field, they should work for you okay...

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Old December 17th, 2007, 03:53 PM   #12
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Thanks Daniel, I hope I don't have to add one, it's always a pain. But Ryan has an interesting view about the range of the internal NDs.
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Old December 17th, 2007, 07:16 PM   #13
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Thanks all seasons greetings. Ryan last Tuesday I had to order, and blow me down I guessed it, I'm looking at one of your ND.6s as we speak :)
Great to hear that you made a good decision. I hope it serves you well. As always, we will support you with any further questions or support.

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