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Old May 17th, 2008, 04:27 PM
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Grad ND filter

Hey everyone,

I am starting to look for a Grad ND filter and could use some help. I know I don't want a screw in filter as I would like to be able to adjust with the landscape. Other than that i am unsure of my options. I use a rebel xti. Thank you for any guidance.

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Old May 17th, 2008, 06:18 PM
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Stephen, I recommend that you get a Cokin holder with HiTech filters. You can get by with the Cokin P size filters or you can go with the larger 4x6 filters. I don't recommend the Cokin filters as they are optically inferior and are not true ND, but they are much cheaper.

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You only need one holder with an adapter ring for each different size filter threads on the front of your lens.

Other available options include Lee filters and SinghRay.

For the best bang for the buck, though....HiTech filters and the Cokin holder work very well.

Hard stop filters are for more definite horizons (ocean) and the soft stops are for uneven horizons. I prefer 2 and 3 stop filters of each, but I'd recommend starting with a 3 stop (soft or hard) if you buy only one.
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Old May 17th, 2008, 08:36 PM
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I second that suggestion. A Cokin holder and Hi-Tech filters is a great set-up.

SinghRay filters are pretty awesome, but pricey.
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Old May 17th, 2008, 08:47 PM
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Another option is to handhold the larger filters. I do that often because it's faster, but having a filter holder does make things easier.
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Old May 17th, 2008, 09:31 PM
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Yeah, I've even known people to use small strips of gaffer tape to hold the large filters on.

I saw one guy who had a tab of gaffer tape attached to each filter so that he could pull them out of the holder easily, then he used a small strip or two to hold the filter flush on the lens. In addition to being faster, it eliminates the possibility of vignetting with wide angle lenses.
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