NISI Fader ND 2-400 Filters Review

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NISI Fader ND 2-400 Filters Review

I've got set of NiSi Fader ND 2-400 filters: 67mm, 72mm, 77mm, and 82mm :

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Packaging is so good! :Y: .. small palstic boxes even have a rubber ring to prevent dust:

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Here 77mm filter on my Canon 24-70mm L lens .. outer size is 82mm:

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Here is a few screenshots from testing videos I did.. and I'm looking to Color, Details and Distortion in Bokeh


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. ..even FORMATT ND filter have cold, blue colorcast ...:(


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..but cheap Polaroid fader filters even much worse:

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They are not only give us horrible Yellow-Grihish colorcast...

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. but also doubling lines in Bokeh:


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and .. now .. compare to them NISI -FILTERS! :)

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There is NO COLOR-CAST, Good sharpness and details, and no "Cross" on maximum ( exept a very liitle on 16mm ..but we never need to use MAXIMUM on short end anyway :) )
..and they have STOPPERS on Max and Min position! I really like this filters!
 
Pricing and availability? Where did you order from?

Also can you try a telephoto lens in the range of
maybe a 70-200? Most Fader ND's really produce
a soft image on telephoto lens's of this focal length.
 
Pricing and availability? Where did you order from?

Also can you try a telephoto lens in the range of
maybe a 70-200? Most Fader ND's really produce
a soft image on telephoto lens's of this focal length.

I don't know yet what retail price will be.. I have to talk to one store in Brooklyn, NY today.. maybe they will get a bunch of that filters for reselling... I've got this SET from manufactirer only for testing .. :)

About softness on telephoto lenses I'm not sure yet.. .as I did a few shoots with my Canon 70-200mm F2.8 L IS lens.. but this lens little bit soft at F2.8 on 200mm itself.. so .. let's see it:

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ORIGINAL SIZE: http://www.sergecinema.com/temp/ND-Filters_Comparison_018o.jpg

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ORIGINAL SIZE: http://www.sergecinema.com/temp/ND-Filters_Comparison_019o.jpg

I didn't make more specific test with it yet, ... but maybe do it today, and place the result here .. Probably I'll need to shoot at F2.8 on different zoom... like 150mm, 175mm 185mm .. and also shoot at F 2.8, F3.2. F3.5 F4 etc ..
 
I definitely see a slight color shift...
Do not forget that I set white balance WITHOUT filters .. - specially, to show the difference.... even Tiffen do the same.. but .. when you set WB WITH FILTER ON - there will be NO color shift at all ! :)
 
Depending on the price it could be a good product. However
if it's near the Heliopan price it's not going to win I don't think.

The Heliopan to my knowledge has zero color shift.
 
Depending on the price it could be a good product. However
if it's near the Heliopan price it's not going to win I don't think.

The Heliopan to my knowledge has zero color shift.

What about this prices somewhere in Asia ? -->

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...and I think prices here can be even less ...
 
I would like to grab one so I can compare it against my Genus
Fader ND. I would be interested to see if it's an upgrade or not.

Really would like to get an upgrade in terms of clarity and color
cast issues over my Genus. Would be interested to see if this would
provide it at a fraction of the Heliopan cost.
 
Can anyone confirm that there's no "cross" effect or vignieting with this fader on wide angle lens? I want to use it with canon 10-20mm and i don't know if it's usable with this lens....

Maybe some sample photos?
 
Does the 2-400 actually work like a 2-400? Technically speaking 1 to almost 8 stops.

I wrote Nisi asking about the 4-500. They told me that it's a 1 to 9 stops filter; I asked them to check thoroughly - knowing 4 stands for 2 stops - and the person said it's a 2 to 8, that should be 9 but they don't want to cheat their customers so they give out the actual values. So I said "ok", this is great.

I got the first one: the color correction and vignetting issue seemed fine. But here's the issue: the filter would start at 3 1/3 stops and go only until 5 1/3 stops - only 2 stops not 6 (2 to 8). I wrote back. They couldn't "understand" what is the problem so I got a replacement. The same story. They finally admitted the 4-500 won't go beyond 6 stops. Luckily the store was decent and I got my money back.

This is major mis-advertising. The store seems to know nothing about photography; Nisi staff either scams people either don't know what they're doing. I have emails for proof; I think I still have some footage to show too.

PS: It's a shame considering their construction.
 
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