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#1 Sheryl Checkman

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Posted 16 June 2015 - 04:12 PM

Hi,

 

I just bought the OM-D EM5 Mark II camera with the 14-42 kit lens. I want to try playing around with arty panning shots using a ND filter. I'm confused about what ND filter to get for this. Any suggestions would be appreciated.

 

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Posted 16 June 2015 - 05:10 PM

According to B&H it's a 37mm filter (http://www.bhphotovi...l_ED_14_42.html). In germany you can't buy the e-m5 II with this lens only with the 12-50. But normally it's written on your lens e.g. Ø58, which is a 58mm filter thread, and on the inside of the front lens cap. If you think you will buy more lenses in the future I would get good quality a bigger filter and a step down ring, then you can use the filter on your current lens and on future lenses with probably a different filter size. I use 77mm filters since my biggest lens has a 77mm filter thread. But I have step down rings to 72mm, 67mm and 58mm for my other lenses. Since a quite good filter is way more expensive than 3 step down rings. I really like the Hoya and Heliopan filters and I think they have quite good quality. I bought this filter kit in my filter size: http://www.bhphotovi...filter_kit.html. I only use the polarizer and the ND filter, but it was still cheaper than buying them seperate.

 
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Posted 16 June 2015 - 10:14 PM

I just found that I have a 50mm Konica lens with a 55mm Hoya polarizing filter so I am thinking that maybe I should get a 55mm ND filter with a step up ring for both. I went to look at B&H and they have several ND filters from Hoya in the lower end price range:
http://www.bhphotovi...al_Density.html

http://www.bhphotovi...al_Density.html

http://www.bhphotovi...nsity_NDX8.html

What I am looking to use it for is to get the panning artistic effect that Tony describes in the video in his book ( arty blurring) and also to capture water flowing as in waterfalls, etc. Which filter would work for this?

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Posted 17 June 2015 - 08:55 AM

All of these filters will work. But the result depends on the brightness of the scene. I would not go below f11 to reduce the shutter speed, because of the beginning diffraction of the light in the lens. I first had an ND8 filter, but sometimes it wasn't enough, so I bought an ND64 filter, but I think they name brand ones start around 60€. With the ND64 filter I can get as low as 1/10th to 1 second on a quite bright day. If I need a even slower shutter speed I stack the filters. I think any of the two ND8/0.9 filters would work for you. When you use it and it doesn't slow your shutter speed enough you can buy always buy an ND64 filter.

 

P.S.: I made mistake in my last post. As you said you need a step up ring to use a 55mm filter on a 37mm lens.

 

Edit: Sorry, I corrected my mistake.



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Posted 17 June 2015 - 09:31 AM

Step down or step up ring to go from 55mm filter on 37mm lens?



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Posted 17 June 2015 - 12:42 PM

I corrected my privisous post. You definitely need a step-up ring, something like this one: http://www.bhphotovi...ep_up_ring.html



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Posted 17 June 2015 - 12:42 PM

You require a step up ring 37mm lens to 55mm filter. There are several different scales used to grade neutral density filters. First is the number of stops of light it restricts from entering you camera 1 being the least restrictive 10 being the most restrictive. The second scale just changes the numerical value as it relates to stops. A 1 stop filter is a 0.3, a 2 stop is a 0.6 all the way to 3.0 which is a 10 stop filter. Because the costs vary greatly, sometimes relating to quality, sometimes you are paying for a name brand, I would suggest picking just a couple of filters. I chose a 3, 6, and 10 stop filters giving me a wide range without buying a complete set, thereby saving some money. Also a polorizing filter should be in your bag to cover situations with unwanted glare. I hope this helps you.

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