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Hobbes00
06-19-2011, 11:25 PM
Hi guys, anyone has comments/reviews about the best Fader-ND available?
I guess the main factor to consider would be 1) tinting 2) sharpness

eheath
06-20-2011, 12:24 AM
the lcw has many great reviews, they claim to be the best and some test pictures have proven it.
http://www.lightcraftworkshop.com/site/

Rick Burnett
06-20-2011, 12:53 AM
Bloom did a review of this Fader recently:

http://philipbloom.net/2011/06/04/the-best-variable-nd-filter-i-have-used/

Said it was the sharpest and only vignetted slightly on his 11-16 Tokina. No color change. I think he also talks about a few others in the review. Right now I use a FaderND as well, and I am happy with it.

cheezweezl
06-20-2011, 01:42 AM
I did not like the lcw at all. I had the version 2 82mm model for about 3 days before returning it. It made my long lenses noticeably soft and I wasn't digging the color shift. Opted for a set of tiffen nd's instead.

kostas
06-20-2011, 02:34 AM
Opted for a set of tiffen nd's instead.
Are you referring to the more inexpensive filters by Tiffen? The ones with the white box?
Are you happy with color shift (if any) even when stacking up filters?
(Norman Bates has answered this already, but I am just checking :))
It is about time I get some decent ND filter (no Fader). That is why I am asking.

eheath
06-20-2011, 02:39 AM
Bloom did a review of this Fader recently:

http://philipbloom.net/2011/06/04/the-best-variable-nd-filter-i-have-used/

Said it was the sharpest and only vignetted slightly on his 11-16 Tokina. No color change. I think he also talks about a few others in the review. Right now I use a FaderND as well, and I am happy with it.
That's interesting. I think due to budget, im gonna be geting the FaderND since the 77mm is only 125 bucks. if i was gonna spend 400 on a faderND, id probably just sack up and get a mattebox setup and then use 4x4...

cheezweezl
06-20-2011, 09:46 AM
Are you referring to the more inexpensive filters by Tiffen? The ones with the white box?
Are you happy with color shift (if any) even when stacking up filters?
(Norman Bates has answered this already, but I am just checking :))
It nbnn about time I get some decent ND filter (no Fader). That is why I am asking.


Yep. Exactly. Came with a .6,.9, & 1.2. About the same price as the fader. I haven't noticed any color shift or softness. I have only stacked two at a time. The lcw gave everything a slight blue tint.

Postmaster
06-20-2011, 10:12 AM
Bloom did a review of this Fader recently:

http://philipbloom.net/2011/06/04/the-best-variable-nd-filter-i-have-used/

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Just received my Heliopan Variable ND, that Bloom recomended and shot the first commercial with it today.
I īm not often agree with Philip, but this time he was absolutely right, itīs fantastic.

Frank

mico
06-20-2011, 10:46 AM
where did u get it frank. I've been looking all over for it.

Rick Burnett
06-20-2011, 10:48 AM
I only use the FaderND on a 30mm lens. At that focal length, I've not noticed a color shift or a hit on sharpness.

alaskacameradude
06-20-2011, 11:33 AM
I haven't been able to find the Heliopan filter either. You can buy it
from a couple places like B&H, but they don't have it in stock, it is backordered,
and estimated time until delivery is 6-10 weeks. Which size do you think would
be best? I was thinking 77mm.....not sure though.

mico
06-20-2011, 11:57 AM
Yeah seems the smaller mm's are available but its the 77mm thats back ordered. If it truly is Zeiss glass it explains the long back order. Quality takes time and money.

Postmaster
06-20-2011, 01:02 PM
where did u get it frank. I've been looking all over for it.

Well, sometimes itīs an advantage to live in Germany http://www.ask1.org/modules/Forums/images/smiles/fahneschwenk.gif

Here: http://shop.ebay.de/fotomayr/m.html?_trksid=p4340.l2562

I have the 72mm, but they also have the 77mm in stock.

Frank

mico
06-20-2011, 02:22 PM
thanks

shrigg
06-21-2011, 12:56 PM
I have high hopes for the Tiffen Variable ND announced at NAB (77mm only)

alaskacameradude
06-21-2011, 02:44 PM
I have high hopes for the Tiffen Variable ND announced at NAB (77mm only)

Yeah,......and again, it is out of stock at B&H, Amazon, and everywhere else
I have looked. I wonder how much money the FS-100 is making companies
that make high quality ND filters??

Rick Burnett
06-21-2011, 02:46 PM
Probably not as much as the DSLR cameras have already made them :) I bought my FaderND to use on my 7D originally.

alaskacameradude
06-21-2011, 04:10 PM
Probably not as much as the DSLR cameras have already made them :) I bought my FaderND to use on my 7D originally.

Well, but with a stills camera, you can just shoot with a higher shutter
speed as you don't have to worry about motion rendering like you do when
you are shooting actual 'motion pictures' right? Of course if you are
shooting 'motion pictures' with a DSLR, than yeah, a good ND would be
something you would want, but I would be willing to bet, that a fairly
large percentage of DSLR users are NOT real versed in shooting 'motion
pictures' and are just stills people. So while the sales of a 7D or 5D is
much higher than that of the FS 100, the percentage of people who are actually
using the FS100 for shooting 'motion' is much higher than that of the
stills cameras, at least I would think so.

cheezweezl
06-21-2011, 06:08 PM
....the percentage of people who are actually
using the FS100 for shooting 'motion' is much higher than that of the
stills cameras, at least I would think so.


i don't think so. everybody and their brother is shooting video on dslr's. the fs100 just came out. hardly any users compared to dslr.

shrigg
06-21-2011, 06:38 PM
+1

I have yet to shoot a single still on either of my last 2 DSLR's, lol

alaskacameradude
06-21-2011, 06:59 PM
i don't think so. everybody and their brother is shooting video on dslr's. the fs100 just came out. hardly any users compared to dslr.

Ah ha, but you see, I said the PERCENTAGE, not the total number. Your point is
taken, although the people I know that are shooting video with DSLR's are
'stills' guys, and they just crank up their shutter speed instead of using
ND. Of course they also use an on camera mic (if that) for audio too.