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Canon 500 F4 & 300 F2.8 Drop In Filters  
User currently offlineGarry From United Kingdom, joined Feb 2006, 185 posts, RR: 3
Posted (7 years 2 months 1 week 4 days 7 hours ago) and read 5081 times:

Guys I'm looking for some advice on the drop in filters available on the 500 f4 and 300 2.8 canon lenses.

There is a polariser option (pl-c) which apparently allows for easy adjustment similar to a conventional polariser, has anyone any experience of this and how easy is it to operate?

The drop in holder takes a 52mm screw in nd grad (amongst other things) - how many stops of an nd grad have people used when shooting into very bright light and even solar shots? Again any feedback would be appreciated.

Thanks
Garry


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User currently offlineDC3 From United Kingdom, joined Sep 2004, 50 posts, RR: 1
Reply 1, posted (7 years 2 months 1 week 3 days 9 hours ago) and read 5025 times:

Hello Gary.

The 300 f2.8 I have here takes 48mm drop-in filters (it's the older non-IS version). Anyway, it's the same for all practical purposes and operating the polarising filter is very easy. A small thumb-wheel on the top of the holder allows you to adjust it very precisely. Certainly easier than using a conventional front-of-lens polariser when you are using a lens hood.

No experience of ND filters on this lens but I often use a Cokin two-stop ND for slowing down shutter speed (running water, etc.). According to my information, the only 52mm drop-in filter is the polariser (£189.99!), although there is a 52mm drop holder for gelatin filters - perhaps this is what you had in mind.

Hope this helps,

Chris


User currently offlineFergulmcc From Ireland, joined Oct 2004, 1916 posts, RR: 53
Reply 2, posted (7 years 2 months 1 week 3 days 8 hours ago) and read 5020 times:

Quoting DC3 (Reply 1):

Thanks Chris!!  bigthumbsup  I have the same gear and have been looking at the drop in filters as well.

Cheers

Fergul  sun 



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User currently offlineGarry From United Kingdom, joined Feb 2006, 185 posts, RR: 3
Reply 3, posted (7 years 2 months 1 week 3 days 3 hours ago) and read 4996 times:

Yes thanks Chris very useful especially the ease of use of the polariser.

Garry



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User currently offlineJavibi From Spain, joined Oct 2004, 1371 posts, RR: 42
Reply 4, posted (7 years 2 months 1 week 23 hours ago) and read 4930 times:

Quoting Garry (Thread starter):
how many stops of an nd grad have people used when shooting into very bright light and even solar shots?

I use ND 64x (6 stops) and 8x (3 stops) in my 500, both to obtain a reasonable f number when panning in full daylight and for some solar shots (not really needed for those during sunset/sunrise, unless you want to get a "very high contrast" effect).

j



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User currently offlineDehowie From Australia, joined Feb 2004, 1057 posts, RR: 33
Reply 5, posted (7 years 2 months 2 days 12 hours ago) and read 4825 times:

I have the PL for my 300 and 500 and yes its very easy to use.
Same filter for both.
Drop in and has a small wheel on top of the filter to allow rotation.Easier than a standard PL to use.
Not cheap but you will get good results with it as it is easy to use.

Dazz



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User currently offlineGarry From United Kingdom, joined Feb 2006, 185 posts, RR: 3
Reply 6, posted (7 years 2 months 2 days 5 hours ago) and read 4789 times:

Thanks Darren / Javi - the polariser is on order and I took delivery of the 8x (3 stop) ND this morning. Looking forward to trying it out over the weekend.

Garry



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User currently offlineThowman From United Kingdom, joined Jul 2004, 363 posts, RR: 3
Reply 7, posted (7 years 2 months 1 day 2 hours ago) and read 4753 times:

Quoting Javibi (Reply 4):
I use ND 64x (6 stops) and 8x (3 stops) in my 500, both to obtain a reasonable f number when panning in full daylight and for some solar shots (not really needed for those during sunset/sunrise, unless you want to get a "very high contrast" effect).

Javibi, how does the auto focus cope when you have such dark NDs in the lens?


User currently offlineJavibi From Spain, joined Oct 2004, 1371 posts, RR: 42
Reply 8, posted (7 years 1 month 4 weeks 2 hours ago) and read 4705 times:

Quoting Thowman (Reply 7):
how does the auto focus cope when you have such dark NDs in the lens?

With the 64x it does get slower and the the viewfinder is so obscured that you may have trouble finding your subject  Smile

j



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