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    Graduated ND Filters

    I am currently using Cokin's P series Graduated ND filter. The Cokin doesn't offer much useful choice on that. I am looking at Hitech Graduated ND filter, either hard or soft edge. Any 1 has experience on using the Hitech filters? And would you share what graduated ND filters set you have for landscape?

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    Re: Graduated ND Filters

    There are times when stronger and/or hard-edge filters would be useful, but I carry in my backpack only Lee's 1, 2, and 3 stop GND rectangular soft-edge filters for landscape photography.

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    Re: Graduated ND Filters

    Quote Originally Posted by Dan V
    There are times when stronger and/or hard-edge filters would be useful, but I carry in my backpack only Lee's 1, 2, and 3 stop GND rectangular soft-edge filters for landscape photography.
    I concur with your choice in the Lee filter system... I carry the same ones.

    More commonly available in our neck of the woods too!

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    Re: Graduated ND Filters

    Where did you guys buy your set?
    Each resin filter sells for 79.95 on B&H right now. It seems pretty overpriced to me, as far as a resin filter is concerned. Why do you guys choose it rather than Hi-tech or Cokin?

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    Hi 400D,

    I bought the Lee simply because it was what was available at the time. And, I can understand what you're saying about them being expensive because... they are!

    BTW, I live in Vancouver, British Columbia in Canada. Unfortunately, we don't tend to have what you folks have in the US.

    So, the Lee was available and that's what I went for!

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    Re: Graduated ND Filters

    Quote Originally Posted by 400d
    Where did you guys buy your set?
    Each resin filter sells for 79.95 on B&H right now. It seems pretty overpriced to me, as far as a resin filter is concerned. Why do you guys choose it rather than Hi-tech or Cokin?
    Yes, I agree that they are expensive. I picked up the adapter ring new at Calumet and paid full price of course. I got the filter set at a decent price from that auction site.

    You might try placing a WTB (Want To Buy) ad in the classifieds section of this site as well as APUG and Photo.net.

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    Re: Graduated ND Filters

    So, as a resin filter, are the filters from Lee any better than the Cokin's or Hitech's?
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    Re: Graduated ND Filters

    I have read bad things about the Cokin resin filters. Something about them slightly distorting the images. I use a Hitech .6 hardedge and it has worked just fine for me. I haven't seen any issues with it.

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    Re: Graduated ND Filters

    The biggest problem with the Cokins is they are not neutral, rather they have a noticeable colour cast.

    I have a 2 stop Hitech hard. I compared to the Singh Ray hard - it has a much harder transition than the Hitech (the soft is almost closer to the Hitech hard). I would settle on the Hitech hard as a happy compromise.

    At about $40 per filter, they represent the best bang for the buck IMO.

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    Re: Graduated ND Filters

    I've used the 2 and 3 stop soft Singh Ray ND grads with success. I also use a 3 stop HiTech hard.

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