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    Re: Using ND filters on D5500

    Using ND filters on D5500
    Quote Originally Posted by Horoscope Fish View Post
    Confusing, isn't it? I have no idea where this naming/numbering convention came from, but it's the norm... Up to eight stops. It has nothing to do with the quality of your particular filters, it's just how ND Filters are labeled across the board.

    Confusing things even more is that the next step up in density is not ND512 as the chart would suggest, but rather ND400 (ND400 = 9-stop reduction) and then it's ND1000 for a ten-stop reduction filter.
    Not to throw a wrench into the discussion, but according to B&H's link for the ICE 10-stop ND filter, it's listed as a Neutral Density 3.0 filter as well as a 1000x filter factor.

    https://www.bhphotovideo.com/c/produ...000_solid.html

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    Re: Using ND filters on D5500

    The filters you have will work. Just stack the 3 filters together in the holder... You'll notice you can insert 3 filters are the same time in "P" holder

    ND2 + ND4 + ND8 = 6 stops calculate for the 6 stops... You're already on a tripod so you can reduce that 2 additional stops
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    Re: Using ND filters on D5500

    Quote Originally Posted by hark View Post
    Not to throw a wrench into the discussion, but according to B&H's link for the ICE 10-stop ND filter, it's listed as a Neutral Density 3.0 filter as well as a 1000x filter factor.
    Heh... That "3.0" in the description refers to the filters "Optical Density"; yet another unit of measurement I wasn't going to dive into. I probably should have since some manufacturers use that designation to describe their filters in lieu of the more common ND rating:
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    Re: Using ND filters on D5500

    Quote Originally Posted by Horoscope Fish View Post
    Heh... That "3.0" in the description refers to the filters "Optical Density"; yet another unit of measurement I wasn't going to dive into.
    Lol - it makes my head hurt. According to your chart, the Optical Density varies from manufacturer to manufacturer. Yet another wrench tossed in!
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    Re: Using ND filters on D5500

    Quote Originally Posted by hark View Post
    Lol - it makes my head hurt. ...
    Yeah... Mine too.
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    Re: Using ND filters on D5500

    Quote Originally Posted by Horoscope Fish View Post
    Yeah... Mine too.

    That's why I always recommend that cheap Cokin knockoff set on Amazon to new photographers when they ask about filters...

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    Re: Using ND filters on D5500

    Quote Originally Posted by hark View Post
    Lol - it makes my head hurt. According to your chart, the Optical Density varies from manufacturer to manufacturer. Yet another wrench tossed in!
    Blimey! Your head hurts? I almost wish I hadn't asked. Only kidding.

    I really do appreciate you all taking the time to help me out here.

    For the moment I'm going to keep things simple. Firstly I'll try stacking the ND's I already have but expect quite a loss of quality by doing so (did I mention they were cheap? LOL).
    If that doesn't bring any joy then I'll look for a screw on 10 stopper that fits my biggest diameter lens (good tip Hark) or a P filter size 10 stoper that will fit all.
    I do have another question about P filters though. Are they more likely to leak light into the camera than an intimate fitting screw on filter or is it not really an issue?

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    Re: Using ND filters on D5500

    No...they won't leak light... There are 3 tracks in the holder... just be sure when you use it that you use the track closest to the camera side when adding the filters...

    Incidentally, if you're using them to shoot water scenes... you can add a polarizing filter and that'll add 2-stops also... just screw the polarizer on then add the Cokin holder onto that...

    Here's a link... there are probably several more... for a single ND1000 8 stop filter...

    https://www.ebay.com/itm/Haida-Slim-....c100005.m1851
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    Re: Using ND filters on D5500

    Quote Originally Posted by Karmann_65 View Post
    Blimey! Your head hurts? I almost wish I hadn't asked. Only kidding.

    I really do appreciate you all taking the time to help me out here.

    For the moment I'm going to keep things simple. Firstly I'll try stacking the ND's I already have but expect quite a loss of quality by doing so (did I mention they were cheap? LOL).
    If that doesn't bring any joy then I'll look for a screw on 10 stopper that fits my biggest diameter lens (good tip Hark) or a P filter size 10 stoper that will fit all.
    I do have another question about P filters though. Are they more likely to leak light into the camera than an intimate fitting screw on filter or is it not really an issue?
    Quote Originally Posted by FredKingston View Post
    No...they won't leak light... There are 3 tracks in the holder... just be sure when you use it that you use the track closest to the camera side when adding the filters...

    Incidentally, if you're using them to shoot water scenes... you can add a polarizing filter and that'll add 2-stops also... just screw the polarizer on then add the Cokin holder onto that...

    Here's a link... there are probably several more... for a single ND1000 8 stop filter...

    https://www.ebay.com/itm/Haida-Slim-....c100005.m1851
    I have a Cokin filter set that I haven't used in a long time but really should put it into use. I have several graduated ND filters that are colored to enhance the sky. If I remember correctly, there is an optional hood available that should prevent any light leaks. Not sure what type of set you have or are considering.
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