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Live composite plus ND filters?

Discussion in 'Olympus Cameras' started by fsuscotphoto, Sep 24, 2015.

  1. fsuscotphoto

    fsuscotphoto Mu-43 Top Veteran

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    Feb 15, 2013
    St. Cloud, FL
    Ron
    Is there any reason that I couldn't use live composite with ND filters? I've not thought it totally through yet as I've just ordered a set filters to try out, they are Amazon cheapies just to see if I like using them. I think I want some good ones, but don't know which way to turn there. Lee are so expensive yet I want square glass so I can use them on all my lenses. I'm shooting with both of the EM-5 models. Suggestions or opinions welcome!
     
  2. Wisertime

    Wisertime Mu-43 All-Pro

    Aug 6, 2013
    Philly
    Steve
    If you want decent quality for a decent price consider HiTech ..same size as Lee seven5. I haven't tried it with live composite, but can't see why you couldn't do it.
     
  3. Ulfric M Douglas

    Ulfric M Douglas Mu-43 Hall of Famer

    Mar 6, 2010
    Northumberland
    I'm sure live-composite is ideal for the darker ND filters.
     
  4. pdk42

    pdk42 One of the "Eh?" team

    Jan 11, 2013
    Leamington Spa, UK
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  5. DoofClenas

    DoofClenas Who needs a Mirror!

    943
    Nov 9, 2012
    Traverse City, MI
    Clint
    Yup agree. A match made in heaven. How else are you supposed to do a 1/2s exposure during mid day. I use a Haida 10 stop 62mm. I also just ordered a matching .6 and .9 100x150mm reverse gnd to use in conjunction with it.
     
  6. fsuscotphoto

    fsuscotphoto Mu-43 Top Veteran

    819
    Feb 15, 2013
    St. Cloud, FL
    Ron
    Very nice. Can you tell us how you set it up?
     
  7. DoofClenas

    DoofClenas Who needs a Mirror!

    943
    Nov 9, 2012
    Traverse City, MI
    Clint
    I bought a 62mm 10 stop from Haida to use on my 12-40. I also bought a step down ring set to use with my 75mm. Then I purchased a filter dude square filter holder off of amazon with a 62mm adaptor, that way I could continue to use the 62mm round filter. I just ordered 2 reverse grads directly from Haida and they should be here in a couple of weeks (coming straight from China). If I had to do it again I might just buy the Haida 100 kit.
     
  8. ijm5012

    ijm5012 Mu-43 Hall of Famer

    Oct 2, 2013
    Pittsburgh, PA
    Ian
    If you want excellent quality at and excellent price, try out Haida. Here's a post of mine I made in a different thread that shows some images made with a Haida 10-stop ND filter, as well as some links down at the bottom of the post comparing Haida to B+W, and the Lee Big Stopper, as well as a page of images from another photographer who uses Haida filters (his shots are pretty amazing IMO)

    https://www.mu-43.com/threads/70606/page-6#post-814152
     
  9. fsuscotphoto

    fsuscotphoto Mu-43 Top Veteran

    819
    Feb 15, 2013
    St. Cloud, FL
    Ron
    I'm totally new to the filter realm. There is SO much info out there and I don't know what to believe. To make sure that I get filters that are big enough, what is the smallest square/rectangular filter that I can use? Will brand X holders always work with brand Y's filters if they are the same size? I canceled my "cheapo Amazon" order and I'm just going to get good stuff the first time. I want to do things similar to those London pics in the other thread. I live just outside of Orlando and the theme parks offer a wealth of that type of opportunity.
     
  10. ijm5012

    ijm5012 Mu-43 Hall of Famer

    Oct 2, 2013
    Pittsburgh, PA
    Ian
    I shot those London pics with my GH4, 12-35 f/2.8, a 58mm Haida MC Slim ProII 10-stop ND filter, and a $150 Sirui T-005X tripod. 4+ minute exposures in bulb mode, and no evidence to tripod shake, or IQ degradation due to the filter.

    Do your research. That's how I came across the Haida filters, and when I started doing more research, I saw just how well they performed, at a fraction of the cost of your "Big Name" filters. These are the Haida filters you want, the MC Pro II filters (http://www.ebay.com/sch/i.html?_odk...+nd+mc+pro.TRS1&_nkw=haida+nd+mc+pro&_sacat=0). That's what I used to take those London shots.
     
  11. Wisertime

    Wisertime Mu-43 All-Pro

    Aug 6, 2013
    Philly
    Steve
    Yes, compatible if same size filters. I use a cheap Cokin A filter holder and rings (For square/rectangle)..they are compatible with Hitech filters 67x85mm. You can find good deals on ebay/amazon for both. A cokin A holder is like $4 used vs Hitechs which is probably $20. SO they fit most or all of the 4/3rds lenses...and even some legacy 43rds. This also allows you to use cokin filters. Some are ok, some are crap.

    I also have Haida 52mm and 62mm 10stop circular filters and can recommend as well.
     
  12. DoofClenas

    DoofClenas Who needs a Mirror!

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    Nov 9, 2012
    Traverse City, MI
    Clint
    If you can't find what you want in the us via Haida, pm me. I have the us reps name/company and he's ordering me stuff as I type.
     
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