I’ve not done a lot of long-exposure, and my filter collection comprises a single ND8 (3 stops) and a circular polariser (which gives up to 1 extra stop of darkening). Not Hoya, but budget filters.
When I was out last weekend, lowest ISO, just before golden hour, the longest exposure I could manage was 2 seconds. Though this gives some pleasing results, I would like to go up to 30s, so 4 more stops.
I only have kit-lens glass. Is it worth lashing out on a Hoya variable-ND filter, in the opinion of the collective wisdom and experience here? I’m inclined to go instead with middle-range - not the cheapest, but not the Hassleblad either.
I’d be grateful for opinions.