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  • ND and Polarizing filters

    Perhaps not the place to post this question but; what about mixing ND filters with polarizers? can you use a vaiable ND filter for instance together with a Polarizing filter? sorry if it's a stupid question.

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    anyone ?

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    • #3
      Originally posted by Bxl View Post
      Perhaps not the place to post this question but; what about mixing ND filters with polarizers? can you use a vaiable ND filter for instance together with a Polarizing filter? sorry if it's a stupid question.
      You can use conventional ND and polarizer filters together, no problem, has been done for decades.

      Using a variable ND, which is two polarizer filters sandwiched together, plus a conventional polarizer filter (3 polarizers in total!) will result in severe optical artifacts. Could be a cool effect I suppose, but generally not desirable.
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      • #4
        ND filters and Variable ND filters are two different things. If you mix normal ND or ND/IR filters with Pola, no problem. But a variable ND filter is already two polarizing filters stacked together, and adding a third Pola is going to cause some issues.

        EDIT: Beat me to it, Peter.

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        • #5
          Thanks a lot...
          Found this thing... looks great
          http://www.letusdirect.com/cart/letu...ndard-kit.html

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          • #6
            Bxl, if you just want ND and pola why buy a matte box? Buy 77mm circular filters and step down rings if you have smaller lenses. The best variable ND on the market is the Heliopan and costs 1/4 the price of a good build matte box.

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            • #7
              Is the Schneider not superior to the Heliopan?

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              • #8
                I havent tried them side by side but from the photo forums it seems like the helipan is the current leader. Not a lot in it though.

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