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Light Craft Workshop 77mm Fader ND Ultra Mark II Filter

B&H # LIFNDU77 Mfr # 324
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Product Highlights
  • 2.7-3.6 Variable Neutral Density Filter
  • Reduce Exposure by 9-12 Stops
  • Greater Control Over Exposure Settings
  • Larger Front Threads Reduce Vignetting
  • Holds Optical Quality at All Settings
  • Optical Glass Construction
  • Aluminum Filter Ring

The Light Craft Workshop 77mm Fader ND Ultra Mark II Filter is a solid variable neutral density filter providing an exposure reduction of approximately 9 to 12 stops. The 2.7 to 3.6 density creates a darkening of the entire image, allowing you to photograph with a wider aperture or slower shutter speed than normally required. The degree of density is easily controlled by rotating the front filter ring, allowing you to previsualize the additional exposure length required. By slowing your exposure time or increasing your aperture, you are able to control depth of field and convey movement more easily. For easier, repeatable control over density settings, the front ring is also visually demarcated with dots that represent different density values.

The filter is constructed from optical glass for high image quality and features an aluminum filter ring for rigidity and to prevent filter jamming. The front 82mm female threads of the filter are one standard size larger than the rear 77mm male threads to help minimize vignetting.

Variable neutral density filter allows you to dial in differing amounts of density scene to scene.
2.7 to 3.6 ND filter darkens the image, allowing you to photograph with a longer shutter speed or wider aperture than normally required.
Providing a reduction of 9 to 12 stops, this filter allows you to control depth of field and convey movement more easily.
Optical glass construction maintains high image quality and aluminum filter ring works to prevent filter jamming.
Front threads measure 82mm to prevent vignetting.
Type Variable neutral density
Size 77 mm
Density 2.7 to 3.6 (9 to 12 stops)
Rotating Yes; to vary density
Effect Permits a longer exposure
Construction Optical glass and aluminum filter ring
Front Filter Thread Size 82 mm
Front Lens Cap Size 82 mm
Light Craft Workshop 77mm Fader ND Ultra Mark II Filter
  • Plastic Filter Case
  • Limited 1-Year Warranty
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    4.0

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        4.0

        No problems

        By PGault

        from Victoria, Australia

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            Comments about Light Craft Workshop 77mm Fader ND Ultra Mark II Filter:

            Have only had the filter for a few days but have shot some test shots and filter appears to work as it should with none of the issues associated with variable nuetral density filters apparent to me.

            Filter is quite heavy at 75g. I had no problem with the lens cap, not sure if they have changed it since the earlier comment. the lens cap supplied appears the same as a Nikon Cap and the dreaded black cross at higher densities did not appear on any test images from my 70-200mm or 50mm lens.

            I don't feel qualified to comment on colour shift but colour looks normal on my images.

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            4.0

            Works are described

            By Pierre B Photo

            from Montreal, QC, Canada

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            Pros

            • Compact Design
            • Cost
            • Easy To Use

            Cons

            • Lens cap

            Best Uses

            • Shooting Outdoors

            Comments about Light Craft Workshop 77mm Fader ND Ultra Mark II Filter:

            Just as the listing says, it cuts down on the amount of light, thus allowing for much slower shutter speeds in daylight.

            Product was easy to use.

            My only issue is with the flimsy lens cap that comes with the filter. It is pretty cheap feeling and not too secure, so i simply bought another one to ensure that the filter is protected.

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            4.0

            Good design; good performance

            By msandman

            from Brookline, MA

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            Pros

            • Clear Optics
            • Easy To Use
            • Firm Mount
            • Strong Construction

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              • Image Manipulation

              Comments about Light Craft Workshop 77mm Fader ND Ultra Mark II Filter:

              ND filters reduce the amount of light that gets to your lens. They let you shoot at a slow speed in daylight so you can capture movement of water or people against a fixed background, for example, or at night when you want to capture the movement of lights on cars, etc. You can buy ND filters of various strengths, or buy a variable ND filter that gives you a wide range of adjustment.

              Light Craft's Fader ND filter is the variable type. This is a lower cost alternative to Singh Ray variable ND filters. I can't make a direct comparison with Singh Ray products, but I did run the Light Craft Fader through some tests on a Canon 5D Mark II with a 24-105mm lens and it's certainly satisfactory - designed well and made well. There was no loss of sharpness, based on comparing images shot with no filter and about a dozen images shot with the Fader filter at various degrees of ND. The filter shifts color slightly in the warm direction. It's not hard to compensate for this on your computer, but it's probably a good idea to take a shot without the filter so you have a baseline for making adjustments. Adjusting is easiest if you shoot in RAW, because you can reduce the color temperature slightly as a first step in processing.

              The filter consists of two polarizing filers mounted in a ring so that the outer filter can be rotated. That allows you to vary the degree of density from about 2 stops to about 9 stops. The inner ring is the same size as your lens threads. Light Craft puts a slightly larger diameter filter into the outer ring to reduce the risk of vignetting. The 77mm Fader has an 82 mm outer filter and there was no vignetting with my 24 -105 mm lens set at 24 mm. The filter comes in a plastic case and it's supplied with an 82mm lens cap because the maker realizes that the cap from your lens won't fit the larger diameter outer ring. Another nice touch is that the outer ring is threaded in case you want to attach another filter. There's a small leaflet in the case with instructions written in perfect English that explains that the amount of increased density available varies depending on the focal length of your lens. On a very wide angle lens, you can't use the full 9 stop potential.

              With my lens set at 24 mm, the vertical edges of the frame are darkened more than the center. You can see the effect in your viewfinder especially if you use Live View, so it's not hard to avoid, and it the limitation vanishes as the focal length increases. I could get about 5 stops of density at 24mm and the full 9 stop effect was available at 50mm without any unevenness across the frame.

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