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ian1948uk

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Hi.
I'm a noobie so please bare with me. I've just bought a D7200 and already own a 55-300 zoom, an 18-55 standard zoom and a Sigma 10-20 wide angle zoom. I want to start taking some landscape shots and my tutor has suggested a variable ND filter (base on quantity and cost). I think I know that it would be wasted on the big zoom and that I need it for the standard zoom. Should I also buy one for the wide angle zoom? Can people recommend a brand that is reasonably priced but performs ok please?

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Ian

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I'd probably get a filter for the 10-20mm, and then use it on your 18-55mm with a step-down ring.  This will save you from having to buy more than one :)

 

Tiffen makes ND filters that have a good balance of performance and cost:

 

Tiffen 77mm Variable Neutral Density Filter 77VND B&H Photo

 

By the way, you can also stack two polarizers to create a makeshift variable NF filter.



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I'd like to resurrect this thread as I am considering one of these; stacking various NDs has often produced marginal results for me.

The following URL provides an interesting read (at least it seems he put a fair amount of effort into it) and suggests the Hoya would provide the best results short of spending hundreds of dollars on one.

Ron Martinsen's Photography Blog: COMPARISON: Variable Neutral Density Filters (Singh-Ray, B+W, Hoya, Tiffen & Bower)

Of course it is a year and a half old so there may be other worthy contenders, but have always had good results with Hoya.

So... is anyone here using one of these. Which ones, and what have your experiences been like?