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Author Topic : Variable Neutral Density Filters 
 Ace



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Does anyone have any practical experience of them?

I'm particularly interested in the ones priced at around £40.00. I know the advice is not buy the cheaper ones because of loss of image quality and colour shift but don't want to spend hundreds on an item that will only get limited use by me.

So, are the cheaper ones ok to a point or a complete waste of money?




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jeffemerson

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I use a stack of P mount ND's when shooting stills, but use the Light Craft Vari-ND in my video work and it's great. That said, its a size that didn't fit on my stills lenses so I never quite mixed and matched... I hope to have new kit soon and I'll take a look and let you know....

FYI, I don't really have a lot of reason behind the choice it's just what I have always done: though I have always heard the faders don't work as well in a stills environment .

at £40 it's probably worth a shot....


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First_Studios

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I have one from 7dayshop, but I haven't tried it yet. They were the cheapest I found at the time of looking.

Link: Variable NDs
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AndyM

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You could watch the following video on Youtube where the author reviews 6 different filters. IIRC they may all be out of your price range, but it may be of use to you anyway.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=nECdBiu5Rrw



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 Ace



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Thanks for the info guys, it does help. I really want to be able to shoot wide open F1.8 outside on a sunny day (remember them?) and blast away with flash. I don't want to do anything fancy and can handle a bit of colour shift.

Jeff Emerson and First_Studios, thanks and keep me posted, I'd be interested to hear how you get on.

Andy M
thanks for the link, I'll check it out.



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Rimfire

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I have a Tiffen variable ND filer .. a Digital HT model that works quite well given I have a Metz 76 MZ5 that doesn't want to talk to my Canon 5D M2 and basically all images come out overexposed ( obviously Canon don't allow external devices into their system very well) apart from the frustration of vertical versus horizontal differences it actually works ok and quality loss is minimal.
Cost here was around $150...ouch


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 Ace



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Thanks for the info and the link Andy M and Rimfire. The video was very interesting in that the top price filter was not the top performer and the Tiffen was the one selected.

I've been too busy to buy one but that time is fast approaching, so thanks to all contributors.



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