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Affordable ND/grad filter starter kit?

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PrettyCranium

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I'm interested in getting ND and grad filters to expand my horizons a bit in terms of landscapes.  I have no idea where to start!  I like the idea of the square types that attach in front of the camera rather than screw-ons, and I would be interested in a kit of commonly used types.  Amazon has some cheap ones but I am not sure about the quality.  I'm willing to spend more for better quality.  Any suggestions?



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Cheap ND grads are a good way of testing what density and how hard a graduation *you* need, especially if you don't need to cover lots of different filter diameters yet. Cokins work, even the cheap ebay knockoffs work, but I personally wouldn't invest in the z-system which is where they become compatible with the rest of the world...

I use a Lindahl 100 mm system with Lee glass filters, but that gets expensive quickly if you can't get something used to start with.



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B&W screw-in filters are the best (relatively) inexpensive ND filters that do not change your WB (much.)  Cheap ND filters are terrible for color cast and changing WB.  That is all I have to give on this topic other than agreeing with Merco_61.

 

If you want to see what the B&W ND filters can do, go to the "Seascapes Forum" and look at my posts there.







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