Hands-on Nisi Filter System for Long Exposures

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=mIJnUuIhy-wI have used the Nisi Filter System for over a year now and think this is the best system out there.To start you pick up the V5 Pro kit for $180 - I recommend you purchase from B&H PhotoNisi Filters V5 Pro This includes a nice protective case, high-quality circular polarizer that is integrated into the 82mm ring, the filter holder and adapter rings (that allow the holder to be used with lenses that have 67mm, 72mm, or 77mm front filter threads. Additional rings are available for purchase)I recommend you add:

The 6 stop allows you to easily do long exposures in cloudy conditions or near sunrise/sunset. If you want to achieve long exposures in bright conditions pick up the Nano IRND 3.0 Filter (10 Stop) [Buy from B&H Photo The Nisi V5 Pro holder is their latest edition and it's improved over the original. Earlier models were very difficult to slide the glass plates in/out of and this updated version is much better while still holding them securely in place.Advantages of Nisi over LeeThe NISI system comes in a nice leather carrying case everything is protected and a silent soft magnetic latch makes it easy to access. Downside - it is a little bulkyNisi offers an integrated circular polarizer often times when I'm using these filters I'm photographing water and I do want to use a circular polarizer to control or cut the amount of Reflections and it's so easy to rotate with little dials on the edge of the filter holder.The Nisi system comes with a variety of adapters that allow you to use it with lenses- 67mm, 72mm, 77mm, and 82mm Adapter Rings. Additional adapter rings are available for purchase. Quality - Extremely sharp and no color casts. I found the Lee system to have strong cool or blue color casts in their stronger ND filters. Why do I recommend the NISI system over stacking several circular filters?

  • Flexibility- this system allows me to use graduated filters AND circular polarizers together and easily.
  • no vignetting even on my widest lenses.

Photographing Waterfalls - Tips and Tricks for Long Exposure Water Photos

Watch the video to learn how to take photos like this Gear Needed:Camera that allows shutter speed control and a tripod.Recommended Gear:Remote shutter release(to avoid wiggling the camera) and a Circular Polarizer or Neutral Density Filter.  If you don't have the filters you will need to shoot when light levels are low, almost to the point of getting dark - after sunset and before sunrise.In this video I use a Canon T5i with 18-135 STM lens with a Circular Polarizer on a Benro MeFoto Travel Tripod.I mention Back Button Focusing in this video, helpful to keep the camera from refocusing each time you try a shot.Even with the filters the best time is near dawn or sunset, the rest of the day is too bright, even if it is overcast.

Recommended Hoods and Polarizers for Common Lenses

Don't waste money on UV FiltersIn general I am not a fan of UV filters, they offer little protection from a fall and the glass at the end of your lens is pretty tough, it's not going to get scratched unless you are very careless. I prefer lens hoods as they do offer some protection from falls and nicely protect the end of the lens from coming into contact with  random objects without degrading image quality.   I do prefer camera brand lens hoods, I have tried a few of the third party and they often fit just a bit awkwardly making the putting on and taking off just a bit slower. Some of the very cheap 3rd party lens hoods actually use the filter threads to attach, this is bad as it blocks you from adding a filter and is very cumbersome to put on take off.Circular Polarizer Filters are usefulThe one filter I do recommend landscape photographers own (or anyone taking scenic view photos) is a circular polarizer (CP Filter). Some benefits of a CP filter include:

  • CP filters reduce reflections and glare
  • Reduces Haze and blue cast in landscapes
  • Adds saturation to your sky and greenery

More about CP filters. There are other specialized filters worth owning for some situations but a CP is one that many don't know they need and gives you a look that is not reproducible with post processing. The brands I list I find to be safe choices at each of those price points, there are certainly other brands/choices at each price point.Roll your mouse over the image to see the effects of using a circular polarizer ( no other changes were made - I simply rotated the circular polarizer from what I call zero effect to maximum effect)[himage]Polarizer OFFPolarizer ON[/himage]Scroll to the bottom for a plan to save on filters.  Don't see your lens listed? Check the list at the bottom for all current Canon and Nikon lens sizes.77mm CP Filters

72mm CP Filters

67mm includes Canon Lenses 18-135mm EF-S STM, 10-18 STM and Nikon 18-140 

Recommended lens hood for 18-135 STM58mm 18-55 EF-S, 18-55 STM, 75-300, 50mm f/1.4, 85mm f/1.8, 100mm f/2.8 macro 

Recommended lens hood for 75-300 & (Kit Lens)18-55 EF-S52mm includes Canon lenses 60 EF-S, 50mm f/1.8, 35mm f/2,  Nikon Lenses 18-55(kit), 55-200

Recommended lens hood for 60 EF-SRecommended lens hood for 40 f/2.8 STMInstead of buying a filter or filters for each sized lens you can but this set of step UP adapters and then buy the largest filter(s) you need and use the adapter(s) to fit to each of your smaller mm lenses. So in this example you would buy filters in the 67mm size and use the 67-62 + the 62-58 adapters to use that filter on your 58mm lens. And throw on the 58-55 and the 55-52 to step down to the smallest lens in this example. Truthfully I have never used more than one at a time but there isn't any reason why it shouldn't work and these adapters are glassless, so nothing extra between you and your filters.Fotodiox 7 Metal Step UP Ring Set, Anodized Black Metal. 77-72mm, 72-67mm, 67-62mm, 62-58mm, 58-55mm, 55-52mm, 52-49mmReady to get more serious about your filter system? I recommend the NiSi SystemComplete List of Nikon and Canon Lenses/Filter Sizes

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NIkon LENS Filter Size
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3
DX Lenses
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10.5mm f/2.8G AF DX Fish
5
12-24mm f/4.06 AF-S DX 77MM
6
16-85mm f/3.5G AF-S DX 77MM
7
17-55mm f/2.8G AF-S DX 52MM
8
18-55mm f/3.5-56 II AF-S DX 52MM
9
18-55mm f/3.5-5.6 VR AFS DX 52MM
10
18.70mm f/3.5-4.56 AF-S DX 67MM
11
18-135mm f13.5-5.66 AF-S DX 67MM
12
18-200mm 1/3.5-5.6G AF-S DX 72MM
13
55.200mm f/4.0-5.66 AF-S DX 52MM
14
55-200mm f14.0-5.66 ED AF-S VR DX 52MM
15
AP-D NIKKOR LENS (For Digital & 35MM)
16
14mm f/2.8D
17
16mm f/2.8D AF Fish
18
20mm f/2.8D AF 62MM
19
24nim f/2.8D AF 52MM
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24mm f/3.5D ED PCE Manual 77MM
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28mm f/2.8D AF 52MM
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35mm f/2.00 AF 52MM
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45mm 1/2.80 ED PCE Manual 77MM
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50mm f/1.8D AF 52MM
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50mm f/1.4D AF 52MM
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60mm f/2.8D AF Micro 62MM
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60mm f/2.8D ED Micro 62MM
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85mm f/2.8D PC Micro PCE Manual 77MM
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85mm f/1.80 AF 62MM
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85mm f/1.40 AF 77MM
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105mm f/2.86 AF-S VR Micro 62MM
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105mm f/2.0D AF DC 72MM
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135mm f/2.00 AF DC 72MM
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180mm 1/2.80 AF (720) 72MM
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200mm f/4.00 AF Micro 62MM
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200mm f/2.0G AF-S VR 52MM rear
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300mm f/4.0D AF-S 77MM
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300mm f/2.86 AF-S VR 52MM rear
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400mm f/2.8G AF-S ED VR L
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500mm f/46 AF-S ED VR L
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600mm f/4G AF-S ED VR L
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AF ZOOM NIKKOR LENS (For Digital & 35MM)
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14.24mm f/2.8G AF-S
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17-35mm f/2.8D 77MM
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24-70mm f/2.8G AF-S
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24.85mm f12.8-4
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24-120mm f/3.5-5.6G AF-S VR 72MM
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70-200mm f/2.8G AF-S VR 77MM
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70-300mm f/4-5.6G 62MM
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70.300mm f/4.5-5.6G AF-S VR 67MM
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80-200mm f/2.80 77MM
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80-400mm f/4.5-5.6D VR 77MM
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200-400mm f/4.0G AF-S VR 52MM rear
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MANUAL FOCUS AIS NIKKOR LENSES
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20mm f/2.8 62MM
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28mm f/2.8 AIS MF 52MM
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35mm f/1.4 AIS MF 52MM
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50mm f/1.2 AIS MF 52MM
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50mm f/1.4 AIS MF 52MM
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55mm f/2.8 Micro 52MM
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135mm f/2.8 Series E 52MM
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TC-201 2x Teleconver
63
TC-301 2x Teleconver
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LENS Filter Size
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3
14mm f/2.8L11USM Super Wide-Angle (Rear 8e1)...
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15mm f/2.8 Fisheye (
Rear
5
24mm f/1.4L USM AF.
77MM
6
24mm f/2.8 58MM
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TS-E 24mm f/3.5L MF Tilt Shift
72MM
8
35mm f/1.4L USM AF
72MM
9
45mm f/2.8 TS-E (Manual Focus)
72MM
10
50mrn f/1.2L USM AF Normal..
72MM
11
50mm f/1.4 USM .
58MM
12
50mm f/2.5 Macro (1:2) 5
52MM
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65mm f/2.8 MP-E Macro 1x-5x (MF) 5
58MM
14
85mm f/1.2L II USM AF 7
72MM
15
85mm f/1.8 USM 5
58MM
16
90mm f/2.8 TS-E (Manual Focus) 5
58MM
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100mm f/2.0 USM 5
58MM
18
100mm f/2.8 Macro USM
58MM
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135mm f/2.0L USM Lens..
72MM
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135mm f/2.8 Soft
52MM
21
180mm f/3.5L Macro USM
72MM
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200mm f/2.8L II USM .
72MM
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200mm /2 EF IS U
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25
300mm f/2.8L IS USM . 52MM
rear
26
300mm f/4.0L IS USM
77MM
27
400mm f/4.0 DO IS USM.. 52MM
rear
28
500mm f/4.0L IS USM AF... 52MM
rear
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600mm f/4.0L IS IS USM AF.. 52MM
rear
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800mm f/5.6L IS USM 52MM
rear
31
2x EF Extender
32
16-35mm f/2.8L II USM AF
77MM
33
17-40mm f/4L USM AF.
77MM
34
24.70mm f/2.8L USM AF
77MM
35
24-85mm f/3.5-4.5 USM AF
67MM
36
24-105mm f/4L IS USM AF..
77MM
37
28-90mm f/4-5.6111
58MM
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28-105mm f/3.5-4.5 II USM
58MM
39
28-135 mm f/3.5-5.6 IS USM
72MM
40
28-200mm f/3.5-5.6 USM
72MM
41
28-300mm f/3.5-5.6L IS USM
77MM
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70-200mm f/2.8L IS USM
77MM
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70-200mm f/2.8L
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67MM
45
70.200mm f/4.0L
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70-200mm f/4L IS USM
67MM
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70.300mm f/4.5-5.6 DO IS USM
58MM
48
70-300mm f/4-5.6 IS USM
58MM
49
75-300mm f/4-5.6111
58MM
50
75.300mm f/4-5.6 III USM
58MM
51
100-300mm f/4.5-5.6 USM5
58MM
52
100-400mm f/4.5-5.6L IS USM AF 7
77MM
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EF-S LENSES
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10-22mm f/3.5-4.5 USM 7
77MM
55
17-55mm f/2.8 IS USM
77MM
56
17-85mm f/4-5.6 IS
67MM
57
18-200mm f/3.5-5.6 13 ..
72MM
58
f/2.8 USM Macro Lens ..
52MM
59
55-250mm f/4-5.6 IS AF
58MM