Dynamic range enough to replace need for graduated ND filters?

3 years 4 months ago #506537 by Kenya See
Are graduated ND filters even needed still with some of the better cameras like Nikon D810 or Canon 5D Mark IV?  Is the dynamic range in these cameras enough to surpass the need for such filters?  


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3 years 4 months ago #506539 by effron
No, if you are going to shoot sunrises, sunsets for example, the grad ND filters are still very helpful....

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3 years 4 months ago #506545 by Damon
Don't some cameras have dynamic range of 5 stops or so?  And if so, if  Grad ND filter covers 3 stops, wouldn't the use of it be trivial?   


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3 years 4 months ago #506614 by Tim Dordeck

Damon wrote: Don't some cameras have dynamic range of 5 stops or so?  And if so, if  Grad ND filter covers 3 stops, wouldn't the use of it be trivial?   


Nikon D810 does


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3 years 4 months ago - 3 years 4 months ago #506634 by effron
I shoot a D800, which has been measured to achieve near 13 stops DR. (D810 supposedly is a half stop better).  I still use ND grad filters, and shoot multiple exposures as often as I can. Why not record the best image possible?

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3 years 4 months ago #506659 by Sawyer
13 stops?  Do you even need to shoot with a grad ND?

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3 years 4 months ago #506678 by effron

Sawyer wrote: 13 stops?  Do you even need to shoot with a grad ND?


No I don't need to.... I want to....;)

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3 years 4 months ago #506780 by No Show
You have to admire technology these days!

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