Getting One ND Filter. Which One?
I enjoy landscape photography with my 24-105mm f4L (on 5D2) (77mm thread) and Sigma 12-24 II (which wont accept any filters), and I am interested in getting my first ND filter for blurring motion (water) on bright days. I tried the ProMaster variable ND (2 to 8 stop) filter, but found I am losing too much sharpness.
If I were to purchase only one non-variable ND filter, which one is recommended (brand and number of stops) by the community here?
If you are looking to blur water on bright days and you want a decent level of smoothness, you're looking at a decent exposure time. Which would suggest a higher stop of filter (8-10ND range).
I just invested in the Lee filter system, and got the big stopper (10 ND). Not that you need to go for a filter system (I did as I wanted to be able to use the same filters across the majority of my lenses, and could do so by getting only 2 adaptor rings), you could simply get a 10ND and that would be it.
Just my 2c, but have been happy mucking around with what it could do so far, and my intention was similar to yours.