Inca Pro Variabe ND filter at Bing Lee Bennets Green for $80.
I was out shopping for a three stop ND filter and couldn't really find anything locally, I ended up asking at the local Bing Lee store how much the Inca Pro Variable ND filter was selling for. When the salesperson told me it was down to $80 I grabbed one straight away, that is an absolute bargain as they sell for up to $179 elsewhere.
I don't know if any other stores are doing this deal but it's worth a shot.
Inca - Filters
From the website-
INCA PRO VARIABLE ND FILTER
Inca Pro Variable ND Filters adjusts density, offering 2 to 8 stops of added density by easily rotating the outer filter ring
With excellent quality optical glass and precision processing, the Inca Pro Variable ND Filter will not produce unwanted colour cast
Suitable for use with super wide-angle lenses
Lee Big Stopper filter, best price in Australia!
How do the variable ones work? Or does it mean graduated? I've been looking at some photos and it seems to be a circular filter that can rotate like a polarizing filter, that right?
I only use Lee filters at the moment. Found Cokin (and a few ebay "specials") to add a colour cast to the photo.
I really want a Lee Big Stopper ND filter, check it out: The Big Stopper from LEE Filters - 10 Stop Neutral Density Filter stops down to 10 stops, best price I've seen is $220 for it: Lee Glass 100x100m Big Stopper 10stop at Vanbar Imaging.
The BIG Stopper is a high quality glass 10 stop long exposure filter. It reduces the amount of light entering your lens by 10 stops allowing you to use a much slower shutter speed or wider lens aperture.By greatly extending exposure times the BIG Stopper has the effect of allowing anything that is moving in your image to become blurred or ghost like, for example, clouds, waterfalls, rivers, and the sea. However the effect is not limited to landscapes, the filter can be used on cityscapes to blur people or roads and motorways to blur traffic.
The BIG Stopper fits the standard LEE 100mm Filter Holder allowing it to be used on a number of different lenses as well as in conjunction with other filters such as neutral density graduated filters
Very sorry for the late reply, I had a bad computer virus that messed up my spare drive as well as I had a flash memory infection. I'm not good with that sort of stuff, when reassembling the laptop I dropped a screw down a vent and had to completely disassemble the computer
Now with the filter it is just two polarising filters stacked on top of each other, when you rotate them they alter the light transmission. You should be able to try it if you have two polarising lenses lying around.
It is obviously not as good as a single filter as you are shooting through an extra piece of glass, but for $80 it's a handy bit of gear.
Ah Ok, that makes sense, I think I've got an old 58mm thread lens and 2 x 58mm polarisers that I can play around with. Would be fun to see how it goes on my 82mm thread lens, but only have one polariser for that.