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I've got the Cokin filter system with a couple of filters P123 'blue' & P197 'sunset', (which were given to me as a gift & to be honest I've not used them a great deal)...BUT...I've been seeing that quite few people do in fact use them & especially the ND filters, I had a quick look online to find out more but got very confused there are ALL types of ND filters, what do I need???
I have one that reduces the light by six f-stops. Flowing water is rendered as flowing in the photo, and people moving in streets are dissolved in unsharpness or become invisible
D800 w/grip, D700 w/grip,V1,14-24mm F/2.8, 24-70mm F/2.8, 70-200mm F/2.8, 200-400mm F/4, 105mm,F/2.8,35mm F/1.4,35mm F/1.8, 85mm F/1.4,1.7x Tele
But the Cokins you are talking about are Graduated ND Filters... What that means, half of that filter is essentially an ND filter that will transition onto the clear half of that filter (either abruptly or gradually).
Where the full ND filters reduce the exposure of the whole composition, a Graduated ND filter may be used, for example, darkening a bright sky without having to darken your subject to have a proper exposure.
I've seen others used the ND filter to lower the exposure of the whole image, and using the Graduated ND filters (let's say, like your Cokin Sunset filter) together to create those long exposure shots of seascapes while having the sky colored dramatically without involving the water.
So, if I were to tell you what to get and use, it would be get yourself an ND8 filter for those long exposure shots of seascapes and couple them with your Cokin system. Or you can forgo the ND8 filter and concentrate on landscapes with dramatic skies with your Cokin System.
Either way it still depends on what you shoot in the end.
Phew, long msg. Hope it makes sense! Let me know if this answers your concerns =]
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