Thanks a lot everone! Don't know yet whether I will be brave enough to pull the trigger but if I do I know what to get. I have a bad feeling that I am going to!!!
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+1 on 2filter.com
Very nice people to talk to on the phone.
Bought my Lee Big Stopper, Lee GNDs from them with the foundation kit and step up ring (77-82mm).
By the way, be sure to check the prices out at 2filter.com against the other usual places to buy such equipment.
I recently became interested in filter in the past year or so. I decided to use the screw in type. I started out with Tiffen CPL which I love. (I chose screw in because I figured that I can buy 77mm filter that I can use both on my 17-40 and 24-70 v1 lenses) In the recent future I have toyed around with ND filters. I bought a Hoya 9-stop ND filter which I chose over the B&w at the time due to the price difference at the time (75$ vs. 105$). I then purchased a basic tiffen 0.6 graduated ND filter. more recently I have started to stack the filter and am pretty happy with the results. The first shot was taken with the 24-70mm with all three of the above filters stacked while the second shot was taken with the 17-40 with the two ND filter stacked. Experiment and enjoy!!! I do plan on switching over the lee filters soon.Nice pictures. Thanks for sharing
But if I am in the Tv mode I should be able to see the exposure difference in Live View?Ray, the only downside is that you can't see the effects of changing the exposure when you use exposure compensation. It will display a nice bright image regardless of your exposure settings. If you cycle the Info button to show the histogram, or check the capture/histogram after taking a photo it's not a big deal. The upside is that it's a lot easier to focus in dark conditions.Try this - go into the Live View menu settings and then into the Silent Live View shooting mode settings. Change the setting to “Disable” and it should work. The first two silent Live View settings also disable the use of flash and screw up the older TS-E lens and extension tube exposures and I think it screw up the the cable release function as well.
Done. Haven't tested it though. Any downside of leaving in the disable mode? I just want to keep it simple and not have to switch back and forth unless I really need to. Thanks
Also, quick mode uses phase detect AF which isn't always reliable in low light. The slower contrast AF is generally the most accurate way to AF and actually works in lower light than phase AF. Just make sure to give it an area with some contrast.