Did you know you can use welding glass for ND filter??

1 year 2 months ago #634350 by Tim Kelley
You learn something new each day.  I was told today that you can use welding glass for ND filter??

I'd be curious to learn how that exactly worked out for you.   Did you get strange color tinting taking place?  

How many stops does that equal?  


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1 year 2 months ago #634363 by Stefan-Olsson
its probably a 10 stop.....at least, considering welding is like looking straight in to the sun pretty much which you can also use it for during eclipses etc......I knew it but have never tried. I doubt the glass is as perfectly made as a proper ND filter though.


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1 year 2 months ago #634421 by Nikon Shooter
The greater issue here would be colour temperature.

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1 year 2 months ago #634523 by Stacy Merrow
My sisters husband is a welder, when she got started with photography, her husband gave her a piece of welding glass.  From our unofficial testing, it's close to a 10 stop ND filter.  But you always go this horrible blueish colors when using it.  


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1 year 2 months ago #634707 by George Winters
Yeah you'll get a horrible color shift using the welding glass, but it's easy to fix.  Here's a video that shows just how simple it is to fix.  



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1 year 2 months ago #634750 by Steve Zahra
I wouldn't even bother with the welders glass, even with the above corrections made, it still doesn't look as good as the image where the correct ND was used.  


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1 year 2 months ago #634947 by Eric A
+1 agree.  That green looks SOO bad.  It looks flat after they corrected it.  

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1 year 2 months ago #635136 by Ted Helm
More work than it's worth.  Just get a ND filter, you can get a cheap one for under $100 easily.  Check out some of the Kenko ND filters.


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