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Great Essential Item For Video And Some Still Photography Work
on 2 November 2013
Bought this with Tiffen's 0.3 and 0.6 filters. Why?
Tiffen are great quality for the price. I'm happy to use the filters by stacking them, although I may go with a variable ND filter in the future. This time, I decided there was more potential for something to go wrong in the design of a variable ND filter, so I wet for three separate pieces of glass that can be stacked. It is more bulky, but this kind of kit is small anyway, and it was cheaper than the variable ND.
My glass arrived quickly and is very high quality. Completely satisfied with the purchase.
Best uses for this equipment:
1) Video work. If shooting video on your dSLR, you want control over the shutter speed. In most cases you'll want to be shooting at 1/50th or 1/60th of a second. Shutter speed affects the quality of the video, how action is rendered, in a way that is distinct to still photography. But shooting at these shutter speeds may restrict the aperture and/or ISO you can then select for a correct exposure. So, you pop one (or more) of these on your camera to get you to the aperture/ISO you want.
2) Landscapes where you want to blur clouds/water/other moving things.
3) If you want to shoot with studio strobes and/or speedlights to control the direction and nature of the light in your image, but you also want shallow DoF in the image. These filters are brilliant for this, and you can get really creative with it - this is how I use my filters most of the time, as I specialise in portraiture and video work.
Someone posted that they're not very creative filters but, once you understand how they work, you'll find the precision they grant you enable you to get very creative indeed!