Best graduated ND filters to start with?

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Best graduated ND filters to start with?
5 months ago

I am getting a Lee filter system, but i am not sure which filters to get me started. I want 1 solid ND and 1 graduated ND filter. For the solid ND i am looking at  a 0.9 (3 stop) as when combined with a circular polarizer it produces a effect close to 5 stops. It is also a nice starting point (not too bight/not too dark). However regarding the graduated ND i am unsure. Do i get either a 0.6 (2 stop) or 0.9 (3 stop) and do i get a soft grad or hard grad.

After looking through my photo library and at photos that could have really done with a GND the final results analytically were 16 images would be better with a hard grad while 13 images would be better with a soft grad. Analytically i would be better getting a hard grad but that means that if there is a scene with mountains or an uneven horizon i would not have a filter to use. Likewise if i was shooting a seascape a soft GND may not do as good a job as a hard GND.

I am leaning towards a soft GND as i feel it will give me more flexibility but as i have never used GND i cannot go on experience. If i have the cash i would get one of each.

So...

Do i get a 2 stop hard GND, a 2 stop soft GND, a 3 stop hard GND or a 3 stop soft GND.

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Shutterbug013

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My camera is D7100 (crop sensor)

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