Shooting 1.4 in bright light.....

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Unread postPosted: Sat Apr 07, 2012 12:09 pm 
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Somebody teach me about Neutral Density Filters as I wish to shoot wide open in sunlight with a Summilux 50 f/1.4...............


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There are varying degrees of ND filters from 2 stops up to 8+ stops. With a 2-stop (0.6) ND filter you'll lose two stops; on your M9 if you can only shoot at f/2.8 and 1/4000th of a second (at ISO 160), then the use of a 0.6 ND filter would allow you to shoot without overexposure at f/1.4 and 1/4000th of a second. A 3-Stop or 0.9 ND filter would do the same with a 3 stop difference (so f/1.4 and 1/2000th). The practical reason for the creation of an ND filter is for us film users that can't change the ISO of our film mid-roll, often forcing us to shoot everything at f/16 and 1/1000th of a sec on a very sunny day with something like Tri-X 400 in the camera.

I'd also suggest you get a B+W MRC ND filter to avoid degradation to your images or potential flare, and probably the 0.9 ND (3 stop) would be a good choice (though the 0.6 might be enough in 90% of your situations) to start with...

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Thanks.
A good place to begin.


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I'd have to agree, a three-stop (.9/8x) B+W #103 ND MRC filter would be my suggestion.

You can leave it on and shoot with it all day. You might run out of shutter speeds on the brightest of scenes (talking full sun at the beach) but you can always bump the ISO to say 200 or 400 in darker conditions.

If you plan to shoot at f/1.4 come hell or high water, a six-stop would be a good choice. But it's really too dark for more "general shooting."

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Well.

Seems to work just dandy.

A Hoya "8" ND Filter.


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I just bought a B&W .9 ND filter for my Leica 40mm f2.0 just so I could shoot it all day in bright light wide open. Loving it and I see you do too!

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