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Neil Williams

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variable ND filters
« on: June 28, 2015, 11:05:25 pm »

Guys
What if any variable ND filters are you using......Singh Ray, B+W ??? For both landscape and outside portraiture.

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Re: variable ND filters
« Reply #1 on: June 29, 2015, 08:12:14 am »

I have a Marumi Variable ND filter and I am very happy with it.  Good quality at a good price.
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Re: variable ND filters
« Reply #2 on: July 01, 2015, 11:01:07 am »

B+W. very satisfied.
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Re: variable ND filters
« Reply #3 on: July 03, 2015, 12:44:48 pm »

Guys
What if any variable ND filters are you using......Singh Ray, B+W ??? For both landscape and outside portraiture.

I have used a Schneider Vari True Match and I liked it well enough.  My problem with the variable ones is still the limited range considering you must stay a couple stops down from full strength.  The flexibility of infinite variability is nice, but no longer as big an issue now with better sensors.

I carry a 2 stop, 4 stop and 10 stop ND all in 77mm round.  Now shooting the D810, I would almost go to 3, 5 and 10 because the dynamic range and clean shadows.  I just find the individual ones give me the flexibility I need. 
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Re: variable ND filters
« Reply #4 on: July 03, 2015, 03:11:20 pm »

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I have a Marumi Variable ND filter and I am very happy with it.  Good quality at a good price.

You are lucky. I have one and it is unusable due to the terrible loss of sharpness.

Larry
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Re: variable ND filters
« Reply #5 on: July 05, 2015, 08:10:06 pm »

Singh-Ray, love it.

Useless at 24mm and wider, like all other VNDs, but longer than 30 it's great.

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Re: variable ND filters
« Reply #6 on: July 06, 2015, 07:31:56 am »

You are lucky. I have one and it is unusable due to the terrible loss of sharpness.

Larry

That is interesting.  All my new filters are Marumi and I have not experienced any issues with them.

To each his/her own.  :)
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Re: variable ND filters
« Reply #7 on: July 06, 2015, 11:25:06 am »

Not knocking Marumi as I use a couple of their CP filters and find them fine. That is why I was surprised with the results from this one. Maybe it is just bad sample variation.

Larry
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Re: variable ND filters
« Reply #8 on: July 06, 2015, 03:58:08 pm »

Do filters add problems to high resolution cameras like 24mb and 36mb?  With all the discussions on having better menses with these cameras, I haven't noticed any discussion about the effect filters have on these cameras.

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Re: variable ND filters
« Reply #9 on: July 14, 2015, 05:21:57 pm »

I wrote a review on the LightCraft RapidND variable filter last summer and was pleasantly surprised with the results.
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Re: variable ND filters
« Reply #10 on: July 15, 2015, 09:29:10 am »

Singh-Ray, love it.

Useless at 24mm and wider, like all other VNDs, but longer than 30 it's great.

Graham

+1, although these days I use my S-R variable far less than my fixed 8-stop ND filter.
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