In looking around for opinions on this, i'm quite surprised to find that many shooters keep only .6 and .9 on hand, even for bright light.... I just picked up a set of 1.5. 1.8. & 2.1, and i already have a .9 on hand and a polarizer(.6ish)
To stop down to 4/5.6 in full unshaded sun the 2.1 does the trick, but im curious as to the other opinions on this?
for myself, i like to get my DOF down to just about where the actors pop out of the background, so im usually in the f4-8 area on a normal lens. my shooting situations are sometimes run and gun and sometimes more official, so i need to have options on hand, hence the set that i bought. and i am of the "as little glass in front of the lens as possible" mentality, so i prefer not to stack filters.
Do you stack your NDs?
Do you always shoot in the shade?
Do you just stop down when shooting landscapes?
Or do you work on sets that can afford 50' silks and otherwise have completely controlled lighting and the sun is at your mercy and not the other way around?
Very interested to hear how others are working in this regard.