« on: August 19, 2014, 03:13:30 PM »
How much will it be? 15.000€?
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My starter kit was the Lee holder, Lee adapter rings in the several sizes needed (including WA rings), Lee 0.6 soft ND grad, Hitech 0.9 "reverse" ND grad. Next up will be the 105 mm adapter plus 105mm CPL. The Hitech reverse grad is quite nice, I don't see any difference in quality between it and the Lee, at least in the few comparative shots that I have made. If you want to use a CPL plus grad, I would guess that you might have to reduce the number of slots from 2 to 1 in order to minimize or avoid hard vignetting.
Maybe rent both of them over a weekend and run them both through their paces. Either way, macro is super fun!
I recently bought the Lee filter foundation kit, 77 mm slim adapter, and a 67 mm regular adapter. I also bought two Hitech filters--a 2-stop ND grad and a 3-stop reverse grad filter. Finally, at the Calumet going out of business sale in New York City, I bought three Lee filters in various colors for $50. I wouldn't have normally bought the colored filters but at 75% off the regular price, I thought it would be fun to experiment with them.
Although the Hitech filters are 1.5 mm in comparison with the 2 mm Lee filters, the Hiech filters fit firmly into the Lee filter foundation kit and do not slip or slide around.
I am also very concerned about scratches on filters even though I am very careful with my gear. So I bought the following filter case:
I like it because the filter insert can be removed from the outer case, so essence you have two cases. It is a pretty well-designed case and you can wear it on a regular belt. I just recently received it and placed my filters into the filter case. I actually needed to remove the insert and put the foundation kit and adapters into the outer case due to the bulk. I am going to be taking everything with me to Hawaii next week and I will let you know how things go in terms of how well this case will protect my filters. The only thing I would've done differently if I would've designed this case would have been to use a different fabric for the filter insert. I am really hoping the fabric they chose for the filter insert case will not itself cause scratches to my filters. Again, after my two week trip, I can let you know.
At this point, my only other concern is to prevent the filters from breaking during transit. I'm not so concerned about how they'll be in my camera bag if I am hiking around, but whether they will survive the plane flight as bags can often get squished in overhead compartments in transit. Even if I put the filter cases in my rolling bag, there is still be issue of other stuff in the case mashing up against the filters. This may also be of concern to you for your mountain hikes. So I think I will find some sort of hard plastic case around the house that I can fit the filter insert case into.
Hope this helps,
When I did a flight over the dunes in Namibia, I shot mostly with the 24-70 but that was based on the landscape. I was lucky to have a second body and had a 70-300 but that's a lot more difficult to get good shots based on speed of flight, jerkiness of ride etc.
For a couple of helicopter flights (Vic falls and rockies in Canada), I used the 16-35 and 70-200 (single body), so I swapped lenses during the flight...
It does depend on your style of photography, but if I could only have 1 lens it out of your list it would be the 24-70.
Few other tips
- Be sure to use Tv or auto-iso, as you need to have approx. 1/1000th of a second speed to ensure you don't blur the shots (of course this depends on what direction you are shooting in relative to the plane).
- As mentioned - windows cleanliness and reflection, again of course watching out for the sun as well (glare).
- Check out the plane before and decide the best seating position - normally at the back or at the front, otherwise you will get the wings in a lot of shots
- Scout out the location before and see if there are particular areas - maybe even use google maps to give you the birds-eye view for planning if you can influence the pilot.