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  1. BrentC

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    For my trip to Portugal I've been thinking of getting an ND filter to do some long exposures. From my research it seems I should be staying away from variable ND filters. Have I got that right? I don't want to spend money on multiple filters so looking at just getting one. If I am just getting one should I get a 10-stop? Thinking of the B&W 10-stop, is this a decent brand?


     
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    There's nothing wrong with variable NDs, as long as you get a quality one. Stay away from the cheap stuff, or the ones that make outrageous claims (like being 2-15 stops). And keep in mind that even top-end VNDs suffer from the dreaded "X" when dialed up to maximum.

    I use a Singh-Ray VND up to 8 stops. A B+W for 10 stops, which my version is more like 10.3.
     
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    Something like the Sungh-Ray is more than I want to spend. I am not a landscape photographer so don't want to spend a ton of cash on something I am not going to use often. Since I am going to be in a gorgeous place I want to dip my toes in. So looking for a reasonable priced filter.

    This is the one I was looking at, which may be the same as yours:

    B+W 72mm SC 110 Solid Neutral Density 3.0 Filter 65-1066176 B&H

    And if I were to get just one filter should it be a 10-stop?
     
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    There are several places with waterfalls, sunrise, sunsets, seascapes. You think 6-stop would be best? I do have a CPL, but haven't used yet. Thanks for the links.
     
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    If you’re not looking to make a huge investment, I’ve had decent luck with ICE filters in Amazon. They are 30ish dollars for a 10 stop glass filter.

    Does it color shift a bit? Yup. That takes me less than 30 seconds to fix in Lightroom.
     
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    I think a 6 stop gives you more flexibility than the 10 stop and may very well be all you need. Keeping the ISO at 100 and aperture at f/11 should still give some fairly long exposures with a 6 stop. Using the CP in conjunction with the 6 stop adds another stop. With a 10 stop you will have a lot of blurry water and clouds.

    Whatever you choose try and get some practise before your trip.
     
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    I like my 8 stop. Gives plenty enough to slow the shutter way down, even on a sunny 16 day. But, still easy enough to compose, meter, and focus through. I often use it in conjunction with a cpl which gets me about 10 stops total.
     
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    BW is a top-notch products!
     
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    Good idea on stacking, the only thing to watch for is potential vignetting.
     
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