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You can indeed photograph an eclipse through an ND filter. I actually photographed a partial solar eclipse with an f/22 setting and a HiTech 10-stop filter, producing the following result: It's no Lunt Solar scope image of an ultra narrow band Ha emission, by any means. It does show surface detail, plenty of sunspots and sunspot structure, and some other ...


A "big stopper" reduces light by a factor of 1000x, whereas Baader Astro filter film reduces light by a factor of 100,000x. You may get away with using the big stopper if you're using live view on a dSLR but I'd seriously recommend avoiding viewing through the finder. If you fried your sensor that would be bad, but not as bad as burning a retina. Stacking ...


Just got of the phone with Wex, I asked them the same question and their answer was "we would not recommend it because the sun requires a filter in the region of 100,000 stops.Yep that's what I thought, 100,000 stops, might as well stick a brick in front of your lens. I've just looked directly at the sun through my Lee big stopper and I feel sure that with a ...


A high-priced neutral-density filter will have optical-grade glass in a metal frame, with a multi-layer anti-reflective coating. At the cheap end, you'll have a plastic filter in a plastic frame, with no anti-reflective coating. In between, you'll have various combinations of the above, plus variations such as cheap glass or single-layer AR coatings.


Price differences between ND filters are often attributed to differences in quality, as with most other consumer products. Pricier ND filters tend to have glass optics while their cheaper counterparts would use plastic instead. Glass would more often that not give you images with fewer aberrations as compared to plastic due to the nature of the material, ...


It depends... What is your final intended use for your images? If you're just going to share them on the web, then the quality of the filter is less important. If you're going to blow them up to mural size and paste them on your wall (or a billboard), then quality really matters. That said, I would recommend going for the best filter you can possibly ...

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