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ND filter for Olympus 12mm

Discussion in 'Accessories' started by bozer, Apr 4, 2013.

  1. bozer

    bozer Mu-43 Regular

    57
    Apr 4, 2013
    Hey,

    Looking to take some long exposures on the beach when I take a trip soon. Can anyone recommend a good filter? I have not been able to find a good one on Amazon but its entirely possible I don't know what I'm looking for.

    Thanks,
    Rob
     
  2. tradesmith45

    tradesmith45 Mu-43 All-Pro

    Dec 13, 2012
    Oregon
    How long is long for you?

    In full sun, cloudy?

    I own a 8x ND and am about to buy a 3.0 (10 stops) for use on my O9-18. That's as dark as they make.

    I have the O12 which I use for low light & night shots.

    If you want to get 10 sec or longer exposure in full daylight, you'll have to stack 2 filters (assuming min. ISO of 200 & F16). Haven't tried that on the O12 so don't know if it will vignette, the O9-18 certainly would @ 9mm.

    Hoya standard filters tend to be as slim as special slim filters.
     
  3. Bhupinder2002

    Bhupinder2002 Mu-43 Hall of Famer

    Heliopan are very good ones and I use 10 stop one .
    Cheers
     
  4. bozer

    bozer Mu-43 Regular

    57
    Apr 4, 2013
    I've never done long exposures on the beach before. I'm looking to take a crack at trying to get the ocean to look creamy. Not sure what to get. I will probably try in the daytime and at night. I have no experience with this, which is why I'm going to start trying. If you could link me to the one I should get on Amazon, that would be fantastic.
     
  5. woof

    woof Mu-43 Top Veteran

    511
    Oct 18, 2011
    The present.
    Have a read. Hope this helps.

    "The Ultimate Guide To Neutral Density Filters" by Peter Hill | Redbubble

    I purchased a 46-52mm step-up ring and a 52mm Hoya ND400 (9 stop). I use a wide-angle hood with 46mm center-pinch cap on the 12mm. See: New 52mm Wide Angle Metal Lens Hood for Canon Nikon | eBay

    Works great on my O12mm, Sigma 30mm (use a deeper hood for the 30mm) and any other 46mm filter thread... At 52mm filter threads each, the filter also fits my P14-45mm, P45-150mm. Might want to think about this if you have a lot of 46mm and 52mm filter threads.

    woof
     
  6. bozer

    bozer Mu-43 Regular

    57
    Apr 4, 2013
    Hah. I did read that and my head exploded. Too much info. I just want someone to link me to the filter to get for my Olympus 12mm =)
     
  7. GaryAyala

    GaryAyala Mu-43 Legend

    Jan 2, 2011
    SoCal
    If you don't need an extremely long exposure ... I'd start with a polarizing filter, you'll get 2-3 stops of light reduction and it can also be used to reduce/eliminate glare from highly reflective surfaces, darken the sky, et cetera.

    Gary
     
  8. bozer

    bozer Mu-43 Regular

    57
    Apr 4, 2013
    Thanks, I actually have a Hoya polarizer I've yet to really use. I'll try that. Appreciate everyones suggestions here.
     
  9. woof

    woof Mu-43 Top Veteran

    511
    Oct 18, 2011
    The present.
    Apologies. All of the filters mentioned in that article are likely available on Amazon. I would not presume to tell you what you need. Be aware that using a very strong ND filter such as a 9 or 10 stop ND in broad daylight does take some knowledge.

    That said, Gary's suggestion of using a Polarizing filter, especially to get started, is a good one.

    Kind regards,

    woof
     
  10. tradesmith45

    tradesmith45 Mu-43 All-Pro

    Dec 13, 2012
    Oregon
    If your goal is creamy water surface @ the ocean, another option you could try is multiple exposures on a single frame - see p. 62 of your manual.

    You're limited to 3 frames but if you cut the light enough to give 1-5 sec. exposures each, you may be able to get smooth looking water. I haven't tried this.

    I hope you paid attention to the photos in the filter guide as your head was blowing up. To get creamy water at the ocean takes exposures >15 sec. That's what I've found too. In full sun w/ min. ISO of 200 & apertures in the f8-f16 range will require 2 filters that add up to 13-16 stops.

    Using step-up rings to mount 52mm filters as suggested above may be required w/ 2 filters to prevent vignetting.
     
  11. tradesmith45

    tradesmith45 Mu-43 All-Pro

    Dec 13, 2012
    Oregon
    FYI

    Just stuck 2 52mm filters on both the O12mm & O9-18mm. Couldn't see any vignetting in the VF with either.
     
  12. woof

    woof Mu-43 Top Veteran

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    Oct 18, 2011
    The present.
    removed.
     
  13. bozer

    bozer Mu-43 Regular

    57
    Apr 4, 2013
  14. tradesmith45

    tradesmith45 Mu-43 All-Pro

    Dec 13, 2012
    Oregon
    B&W makes good filters. Should work fine.
     
  15. bozer

    bozer Mu-43 Regular

    57
    Apr 4, 2013
    Thanks again all