2-8 stop Variable Neutral Density Filter 67mm

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Shmuel
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2-8 stop Variable Neutral Density Filter 67mm
Jun 10, 2011

Hi guys, I wonder if any of you have used this type of ND filter and can recommend a brand. It is important to know whether the one you have been using doesn't produce vignetting. I intend to use it mostly on my 16-85 VR lens.
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In reply to Shmuel, Jun 10, 2011

I had seen one in Hong Kong. I think it was called Fader ND filter and it offered a range of 2-8 stops reduction in light. I didn't know anything about this brand so did not buy it. I believe they are copied from Light Craft Workshop's Fader ND design.

http://www.lightcraftworkshop.com/site/page1000.aspx

I think Singh Ray also makes Variable ND filters but they are among the more expensive ones.

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In reply to raunak, Jun 10, 2011

Appears to depend on your type of photography - quote from the UK site:

"If your intended use for the Fader ND filter is predominantly wide angle photography at high densities, then in all honesty it is probably not for you. For this application, we would recommend using a fixed density ND filter, such as the Light Craft ND500MC."

http://www.lightcraftworkshop.co.uk/about.html

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In reply to Shmuel, Jun 10, 2011

Tiffen now offers a 2-8 variable ND filter in 77mm for around $190 at adorama. I have not tried it, but Bryan Petterson speaks very highly of it. I don't know if they make other sizes. Their 77mm version has a wider outer ring to minimize vignetting for wider angle lenses.

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In reply to cfh25, Jun 10, 2011

Thanks. I know all this but this was not my question...

cfh25 wrote:

Appears to depend on your type of photography - quote from the UK site:

"If your intended use for the Fader ND filter is predominantly wide angle photography at high densities, then in all honesty it is probably not for you. For this application, we would recommend using a fixed density ND filter, such as the Light Craft ND500MC."

http://www.lightcraftworkshop.co.uk/about.html

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In reply to arynd, Jun 10, 2011

Yeah.. I checked them. They have a "Fader 67mm Mark II Variable Neutral Density Filter" I can't figure out what brand and if it has or not a vignetting issue.

arynd wrote:

Tiffen now offers a 2-8 variable ND filter in 77mm for around $190 at adorama. I have not tried it, but Bryan Petterson speaks very highly of it. I don't know if they make other sizes. Their 77mm version has a wider outer ring to minimize vignetting for wider angle lenses.

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In reply to Shmuel, Jun 10, 2011

Below You will find just my remark based on article published in trustworthy and credible newspaper, not my own experience !!!

I have read the tests of 2 such filters in our local Photography Newspaper.
They DO NOT RECOMMEND IT AT ALL.

1. Such filters cause heavy problems with correct exposure - unknown black areas appear on the picture.
2. At longer exposure time - moving objects are not eliminated on the picture.
3. Another problem - the two filters stacked together cause vignetting problems.

Their conclusion is: the technology of such filter - two polarizing filters is something that does not work anyway good as an replacement for a stronger or weaker ND filter.

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Bobby Handal
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In reply to dominikpl72, Jun 10, 2011

The filter has gradation points : minimum to maximum, if you pass the maximum point indicated in the filter you will get banding. Just don't go pass the maximum point.

These filters work, and for me at least, is better than sandwiching two ND filters to make it darker. Yes depending on the lens you may get vignetting, but that is very easily corrected YOU CROP or you photoshop it , usually edges are easy to handle.

Meanwhile , I am enjoying my cheap ND vario filter.

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In reply to Shmuel, Jun 10, 2011

It's been awhile since I've used my Fader ND, but I don't believe there was an issue on my 16-85, but I bought the 77mm unit that has the 82mm outer ring. Come to think of it, I don't think it had any issues with my 12-24 either. Check to see if the 67mm unit has the 72mm outer ring. Unit isn't a whole lot thicker than a standard circular polarizer.
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In reply to Bobby Handal, Jun 12, 2011

Bobby those are great shots!
At what speed were the two top waterfall takin?
I just received mine this week.
Fader 2.
Can't wait to try it at the waterfalls.

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In reply to Caline de binne, Jun 12, 2011

I think that I shot those like 20 sec.
I need to play with mine more, I have seen awesome BW photos done with nd.

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