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Reddit mentions of Hoya 52mm HMC NDX400 Screw-in Filter
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Reddit mentions: 4
We found 4 Reddit mentions of Hoya 52mm HMC NDX400 Screw-in Filter. Here are the top ones.
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- Reduces the amount of light to the camera sensor by 9 f-stops without effecting colour balance
- Can be used to achieve super slow shutter speeds in daylight to render moving subjects invisible
- Enables slow shutter speeds to be used to record movement in subjects such as waterfalls, providing a silky smooth effect to flowing water
- Decreases depth of field by allowing wider apertures to be used, helping to separate subjects from their background
- Hard Coated' HMC Multicoating process suppresses ghosting, flare and reflections, and increases light transmission
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|Release date||October 2012|
This one. Thanks!
I'm only about 1.5 years into DSLR photography, but I'm a meteorologist, so storm chasing and weather photography is most of what I do. It's all dependent on your camera and what time of day it is. If it's day time, you're going to need a good neutral density filter, narrow aperture, and low ISO. Then just adjust your shutter speed as needed so you don't get overexposed. This will be most dependent on the ND filter you get. Hoya makes a good one.
For night time, it really depends on the frequency of your strikes and how fast your camera can write to your card. In my experience, I find that I would rather take more shots at 8-10 seconds than 30 second exposures because my camera takes longer to write that 30 second exposure to the card before it's ready to take another picture. That time it's writing to the card is time wasted where a strike could be happening that I'm missing. You be the judge...if you have a ton of lightning, you may be okay with that. But then again, if you have a ton of lightning, you also may have too much light to do a 30 second exposure.
Settings wise, in my experience at night, F/8 - F/11...ISO of 100 and an exposure of about 10 seconds is usually what I start with and go from there. The more frequent the strikes, the more "exposed" your shot is going to be so you'll have to tweak things while you're out there. Your shot may not look right until a strike lights up the sky. Get yourself a remote trigger and just keep firing over and over again so you don't have any time where you're not shooting.
If I can recommend a good radar app, get RadarScope. It is the best radar app for iOS/Android out there. Yes, it is $10, but I use this while storm chasing as radar in my vehicle. Highly recommend it. It doesn't have lightning data in it, but it will at least tell you if you can stay outside long enough to keep dry. It's the cadillac of radar apps. Of course there are plenty of free alternatives that will do you just fine as well.
Of course, all of this is my camera (a Nikon) and my experience. Yours may vary entirely. I see this shot was F/4, 30 seconds and ISO 100. I think I have a lot more light pollution than you do. :)
I am looking for some advice on Neutral Density Filters.
I know what they do, but I am lost on whether to buy a variable, or a set of them. I have looked at some of the costs for variables, and at this time the only one I would feel comfortable purchasing is this one which will go up to 9 stops.
I was also looking at this set which will do 2,3 & 4 stops.
With no past experience with them, I am hoping someone can give me some insight. I know there are far better (and more expensive) versions, but for now I would just like to test the waters.
ehhhh, they're not so bad. I have one of these which when stopped to F18 or so lets me get 20-25 second exposures in broad daylight.