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B+W 77mm 501 Graduated 0.3 ND Filter

B&H # BW50177 Mfr # 65-063811
You Pay: $89.95
Product Highlights
  • 1 Stop Graduated ND Filter
  • Rotating Design for Placing Grad Line
  • Rugged Black Brass Filter Ring
  • CR-39 Acrylic Construction

The B+W 77mm 501 Graduated 0.3 ND Filter is a graduated neutral density filter that helps to specifically darken skies and other bright areas of the image. The filter is densest at the edge and abruptly fades to clear by the middle of the filter. The design of this filter incorporates a rotating mount to allow precise positioning of the grad line along the horizon line. Neutral density filters do not affect the coloration of the image and the 0.3 density provides a 1 stop reduction in light from entering the lens.

0.3 ND graduated filter for darkening skies and other bright areas of the image.
Neutral density filters do not affect the overall coloration of the image.
Rotating design allows grad line positioning along the horizon line.
Brass filter ring helps to prevent jamming and provides additional strength.
Filter Type Graduated neutral density
Size 77 mm
Filter Factor 0.3 (1 stop)
Construction CR-39 acrylic
B+W 77mm 501 Graduated 0.3 ND Filter
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    B+W77mm 501 Graduated 0.3 ND Filter
     
    3.5

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    (4 of 4 customers found this review helpful)

     
    5.0

    Great glass... on a large sensor camera.

    By MCPhoto

    from Dallas, TX

    About Me Pro Photographer

    Verified Buyer

    Pros

    • Clear Optics
    • Consistent Effect
    • Firm Mount
    • Strong Construction

    Cons

      Best Uses

      • Image Manipulation

      Comments about B+W 77mm 501 Graduated 0.3 ND Filter:

      Yep, it's a B+W filter, crystal clear and the gradient is very, very smooth. Also, the filter has a rotating ring so you can adjust the effect regardless of external focus problems.

      But (and I feel really, really dumb admitting this) sticking this on a non-DX Nikkor lens (IE, a "film lens") on my small-sensor digital body... well, the grad effect is pretty much off the film plane.

      I did use it on my Panasonic DVX Video camera and it worked great; kept some density & detail in a beautiful cloudy sky. The .3 grad is very subtle, good for sunsets & deep clouds; you might want a .6 (2 stops) for effective taming of a bright blue sky though. A nice filter, and worth the extra $$ over a SunPak or a no-brand if you shoot for a living.

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      (20 of 23 customers found this review helpful)

       
      2.0

      Not worth it

      By K

      from Northern Virginia

      About Me Hobbyist/Enthusiast

      Verified Buyer

      Pros

      • Clear Optics
      • Excellent build quality
      • Firm Mount
      • Strong Construction

      Cons

      • Inconsistent Effect

      Best Uses

      • Balance Exposure

      Comments about B+W 77mm 501 Graduated 0.3 ND Filter:

      This is not a complaint about the filter and the rating does not reflect its build quality - only its usefulness.

      The 1-stop (.3) difference between the graduated gray and the clear sides of the filter is too small to make a significant difference in the majority of the situations that I tried. The whole point of this type of filter is to balance exposure in a scene with slightly varying bright and dark areas (i.e. bright sky and slightly darker foreground) and for just about any scene where I tried it, the difference was too small to make a difference. For the cost, I regret not buying at least a 2-stop graduated filter. There is a very very limited window at dusk or dawn where the one-stop difference is enough.

      The filter has excellent build and is of top quality but buy it only if you know for certain that a 1-stop gradation is all you need.

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