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Does using long exposure together with ND filter make the scene look more evenly lit?

No, changing the exposure or using an ND filter will not help you with this, since both will only brighten or darken everything by a certain factor. Your problem is the large relative difference ...
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Why did my ND filter produce washed out exposures?

You've got the sun almost in the frame. This is causing huge amounts of veiling flare — light bouncing all around, reducing contrast. You'll get better results from a different angle, or at a ...
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What is the advantage of carrying a tripod and ND-filters when you could use image stacking instead?

I'd like preface my answer with a note that a tripod is not only useful in conjunction with ND filters — it also improves the results from image stacking as well. By fixing the position of the camera, ...
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Why did my ND filter produce washed out exposures?

Why did my ND filter produce washed out exposures? You're shooting straight into the sun with a dirty, unshaded, and flat surface on the front of your lens. The image demonstrates all three classic ...
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Is it not a good idea to use ND filters with a wide angle lens?

The advice you read is an example of the phrase, "A little knowledge can be a dangerous thing." There are filters known as Variable ND filters that are basically two polarizer filters stacked on top ...
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What is the advantage of carrying a tripod and ND-filters when you could use image stacking instead?

Well, with regards to your (1)... You could carry a light tripod (or beanbag or any other way of stabilizing a camera) and use only a single ND filter instead of several stacked filters. With regard ...
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Does using long exposure together with ND filter make the scene look more evenly lit?

I have to disagree (to a limited degree) with most the answers you've gotten. For a picture like this, a longer exposure will probably do a little to reduce contrast a bit. Not much, but a bit. This ...
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In-body neutral density (ND) filters?

Just a guess, but I don't believe that ND filters are so widely used as you assume. A very large share of the users of a specific camera will never need an ND filter and therefore not be interested in ...
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Does using long exposure together with ND filter make the scene look more evenly lit?

Is this combination of ND filter and long exposure responsible for having such even lighting on the scene in the former image? No. The reason for the ND filter is to allow the long exposure, but the ...
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Is it not a good idea to use ND filters with a wide angle lens?

Graduated ND filters are usable with wide angle lenses. They should be big enough to cover the complete field of vision. There are certain wide angle lenses that have a protruding front element that ...
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Does a large scratch in an ND filter affect image quality?

It is impossible to say without trying the filter on the lens you intend to use it on and under the conditions you are going to use the combination. It is IMHO impossible just by a visual inspection ...
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What is the advantage of carrying a tripod and ND-filters when you could use image stacking instead?

For me the main advantage is... Joy. I enjoy a lot more taking photos, people places, products, rather than editing the images, especially on automated tasks, like stacking photos. Of course, there ...
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Does using long exposure together with ND filter make the scene look more evenly lit?

Most of what you seem to think was accomplished by using the ND filter was actually accomplished using one of several raw conversion/post-processing techniques to reduce the contrast of the final form ...
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Is it not a good idea to use ND filters with a wide angle lens?

The issue is that with some ND filters and all polarizing filters, the light dropoff is not even as the angle of the light passing through the filter changes. This obviously is more pronounced as the ...
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What kind of filter (if any) should I use when photographing a theater scene?

If you have to use anything then I would suggest a lens hood. The only reason for that is because of the stage lights coming down and might bounce to cause a flare. Stages, with lighting, are ...
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How to decide which lens to buy ND filter for?

I'm going to provide a second answer to this question (there's nothing wrong in providing two answers). Somehow, the "landscape", "seascape", "cityscape" suggests me that you want to take wide-angle ...
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Does a large scratch in an ND filter affect image quality?

The job of the lens is to project an image of the outside world on the surface of the digital image sensor (or film). Our desire is a faithful image. To date, camera optics do a good job but residual ...
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Right ND for filter size for Nikon 24-85 mm lens

The NIKON AF-S 24-85 F/3.5-4.5G ED VR lens has a filter thread size of 72mm. It's listed in the specs for that lens at Nikon USA. If you have other lenses that you may also be interested in using ...
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What is the formula to calculate aperture ("diaphragme" in French)?

The equation is: f-number² illuminance × ISO value ───────────── = ─────────────────────── exposure time incident-light meter in seconds calibration constant ...
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Metering on a Zenza Bronica with ND-Filter

With my long exposures, I meter for the scene and then add whatever ND amount needed and disregard the camera’s meter from there on out. That being said, it wouldn’t hurt to do some testing to ...
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How to decide which lens to buy ND filter for?

There are basically two ways to share filters between lenses with different thread sizes. You can buy screw on filters that fit the larger lens and use a step up ring to attach those filters to the ...
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Does using long exposure together with ND filter make the scene look more evenly lit?

No, using an ND filter with or without a long exposure won't change the lighting of a scene or somehow make it appear to be more evenly lit. This is because an ND filter reduces the amount of light ...
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How to find right ND filter for my panasonic lens Lens LUMIX G VARIO 12-60mm / F3.5-5.6 ASPH. / POWER O.I.S.?

It is easy to get lost in the specifications, if you do not know what they mean. The only one important to get an filter is the filter size. In this case, it is 58mm. Any filter with a 58mm size will ...
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How do i use a ND filter without screwing it onto the lens?

This isn't a direct answer to your question, but probably a more correct one. You really should get the broken filter off the lens. Sometimes filters get stuck and are hard to get off. That is ...
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Will a ND filter help me blur the background better (Example pictures)

Since you were shooting at f/16 and around 1/30 or 1/60 s. (ISO 100) the scene that day was around 13 EV (see an Exposition Value table here https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Exposure_value#...
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What kind of filter (if any) should I use when photographing a theater scene?

UV filters are generally considered to just be lens protectors, because photo camera sensors usually have UV (and infrared) filters directly on their sensors. There is a drawback to adding any ...
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What kind of filter (if any) should I use when photographing a theater scene?

Theatrical photography is one of the settings most prone to ghosting and other types of flare being caused by a flat filter on the front of the lens. You have a few areas of intense light and a lot of ...
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