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mhood
11-07-2009, 04:34 PM
A test of DOF in broad daylight using the FaderND on an EF 50mm 1.4 USM. I was expecting crazy DOF when the FaderND made it possible to shoot at ISO 160 with the lens WFO at 1.4.

All handheld using my new Gini-rig shoulder mount. No FF yet so I used my finger...just like the good old days.

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USLatin
11-07-2009, 04:56 PM
Can you get it a bit darker without weird uneven illumination ruining the shot? A lot of those looked very overexposed for my taste.

mhood
11-07-2009, 05:00 PM
To be honest, I didn't even try. I just quickly set the FaderND to something that looked close to right on the LCD (that was very hard to see in sunlight for sure) and took some shots. Most of the whites are over exposed. I didn't notice any uneven illumination anywhere though...did you see any?

Maybe, if I get the time, I'll try again tomorrow to see about better exposure. IMO, the FaderND passed the test of wicked DOF in bright daylight just fine.

USLatin
11-07-2009, 08:29 PM
I have, posted a QT showing it somewhere... not sure where. Wait, maybe this is it (http://www.zumovalusa.com/DELETE/Fader_ND.mp4) (if it is a roof with AC units it is the right one).

I would agree that setting exposure based on the LCD (without looking at the histogram) is very hard in the sun. A lost cause all to often. A loupe should do the trick though. Can't wait to get mine.

Please post your next test. I would love it if you just cranked it down slowly on one shot at f/1.4 to see how it looks. I don't have any f1.4 lenses with me.

mhood
11-08-2009, 01:53 PM
Please post your next test. I would love it if you just cranked it down slowly on one shot at f/1.4 to see how it looks.

K, even though cloud cover moved in today and really changed the light a lot, here's the test you asked for:

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USLatin
11-08-2009, 02:04 PM
Yup, that looks slightly underexposed just before it goes black, and no uneven illumination (looking at the first one at 1.4). Now let's try with a f/0.95 :)

Thanks for posting the clip Mhood.

mhood
11-08-2009, 02:12 PM
yvw Check out the 28mm @ 2.8...I'm not sure but I think I might have seen something just before total black out on that one. Also, the last shot (with the 28mm CU) is what my eyes told me was well exposed on the LCD. Was I close?

So far, the biggest disappointment of these FaderND tests was discovering that my EF 50mm 1.4 USM goes beyond infinity. ;-(

toxotis70
11-08-2009, 02:22 PM
what do you mean ?
I want to buy fadernd too, for my 7d , will i have any image quality problems ?

mhood
11-08-2009, 02:33 PM
My 50mm 1.4's focus ring twists slightly beyond infinity. It's totally unrelated to the FaderND which (IMO) passed this test with flying colors.

Everts
11-08-2009, 05:46 PM
faderND next on the shopping list thanks for the test

Osslund
11-10-2009, 04:10 AM
Check this one out:

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I used a a Fader DN 77mm on all the time.
It's even and you get great control over exposure.

mhood
11-10-2009, 04:32 AM
Beautiful! 7D?

Osslund
11-10-2009, 04:36 AM
GH1 and Nikkor/Lumix lenses.

mhood
11-10-2009, 04:42 AM
Not to start this again but I have to admit...very sharp and not a trace of moire.

Everts
11-10-2009, 04:50 AM
looks alot like the hmc 150

Osslund
11-10-2009, 05:11 AM
Regardless of camera the Fader ND is great!

USLatin
11-10-2009, 01:49 PM
I think all should download the video I posted about uneven illumination. It shows the problem clearly, just so you know what may happen at the very end. If you know what to look for you can avoid it but if you don't you might have a touch of it going on and not notice it. It doesn't take away from the filter though, it is a blazing deal.

mhood
11-10-2009, 02:09 PM
I did what I could to reproduce what happened in the video you posted Roberto but I couldn't make anything like that happen at all. I wonder if they didn't have a defective FaderND. Maybe mine being a small one at 58mm is different somehow from the larger models. Mine did seem to go to total black rather abruptly.

USLatin
11-10-2009, 04:56 PM
Perhaps it has to do with the focal length??

I hope I don't have a bad one... it happened more on wides. The Tokina and at 24mm on the zoom. The tighter you get the less you see it. It might just be the polarizer effect, but it didn't seem like it since the pattern was the same regardless of whether I was shooting the sky or the roof with surfaces at different angles... I've been hoping someone could explain the phenomenon to me.

Editman, I love the chair shot.

Taylor Rudd
11-10-2009, 07:16 PM
mhood, are you in texas? or just like having a texas shaped bird bath? :)

I'm liking the idea of this fader ND...might have to give it a shot

mhood
11-10-2009, 07:35 PM
Yep, I live on the shores of a little lake in North Central Texas called Lake Leon. It's near Eastland, Texas. Don't tell anybody but I'm living in Paradise. If my boss ever finds out, he'll make me move. ;-)

Osslund
11-11-2009, 01:59 AM
If you go out of bounce on the Fader ND it will look uneven. I use mine behind the mattebox if that should do any difference.

USLatin
11-11-2009, 02:23 AM
out of bounce? what do you mean?

Osslund
11-12-2009, 12:32 AM
Out of the marked area. You can rotate it 360 but there is only a marked section that works 100%. Between the "dots" you are safe.

mhood
11-12-2009, 03:57 AM
FYI: I stayed between the dots in my test.