Fader Filters 77mm HD Variable Neutral Density Filter

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Fader Filters 77mm HD Variable Neutral Density Filter

B&H # FAND2HD77 Mfr # HD-VND-77
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Product Highlights
  • Offers 2 - 8 Stops of Neutral Density
  • Glass Has 25% Higher Light Transmission
  • Designed For HD Video
  • Rotates to Whatever Density You Need
  • Multi-Coated
  • Allows Use of Fast Film in Bright Light
  • Helps Control Manual Flash Output
  • Holds Optical Quality at All Settings
  • No Need to Purchase Separate ND Filters
  • Fast and Easy to Use

The 77mm HD Variable Neutral Density Filter from Fader Filters is a remarkable tool to have on hand. Designed for the HD video market, the filter delivers 25% more light transmission providing more light, sharper cuts and better transitioning for enhanced crispness in the shot. With one filter, you can dial in the degree of neutral density that suits your need. No more having to buy multiple ND filters and lugging them around in your gear bag. The cost-effectiveness of this filter is self-evident. The glass is multi-coated to help prevent flare and ghosting on the camera's sensor. The frame is made from ionized steel for additional durability. As an added feature, the filter is indexed with lines on the filter ring to help you select the desired degree of neutral density. This filter provides neutral density from ND2 to ND400.

Neutral density filters offer you some exciting possibilities for creating images that would ordinarily not be possible without the proper filtration. For those who enjoy blurred or motion images, this is the filter of choice since it allows you to slow down your exposure and "capture" the motion of flowing water or speeding cars, birds or athletes.

Neutral density filters reduce the amount of light reaching the film. When used with a digital camera, you can effectively see how this filter works. After the initial exposure, you can check your LCD image and then make whatever change in exposure you feel you need to enhance your image. By rotating the ring, you can either increase or decrease the ND effect. This will be especially useful when trying to achieve "blurred" or "panned" shots.

Designed for HD video users - 25% more light transmission, sharper cuts and better crispness in your shots
Operates on the same principle as a Circular Polarizing Filter - rotate to the desired degree and shoot
Filter ring is indexed (lines) to mark the degree of neutral density you choose

Neutral Density Filters Have Four Main Uses

To enable slow shutter speeds to be used, especially with high speed films, to record movement in subjects such as waterfalls, clouds, or cars
To decrease depth of field by allowing wider apertures to be used, which helps separate subjects from their background
To decrease the effective ISO of high speed film (above ISO 400) and allow it to be used outdoors in bright situation
To allow cine and video cameras (which have fixed shutter speeds) to film subjects such as snow, sand or other bright scenes which could cause overexposure
Type HD Variable Neutral Density
Size 77mm
Grade Not Applicable
Filter Factor Depends on how it is rotated
Multi-Coated Yes
Rotating Yes
Effect 25% more light transmission
Reduce the amount of light reaching the film
To use high speed film in bright light
Application HD video
Color Temperature Not Applicable
Construction Glass
Front Filter Thread Size 82mm
Rear Thread: 77mm
Front Lens Cap Size 82mm
Fader Filters 77mm HD Variable Neutral Density Filter
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  • 5-Year Warranty
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    Fader Filters77mm HD Variable Neutral Density Filter
     
    3.3

    (based on 9 reviews)

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    56%

    of respondents would recommend this to a friend.

    Pros

    • Easy to use (4)

    Cons

    • Poor quality (3)

    Best Uses

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      1.0

      AVOID!! TERRIBLE PRODUCT! NO SUPPORT!

      By Jose

      from Sydney, Australia

      About Me Pro Photographer

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      Pros

        Cons

        • Expensive
        • No product support
        • Poor Quality
        • Weak Construction

        Best Uses

          Comments about Fader Filters 77mm HD Variable Neutral Density Filter:

          I had terribly dissapointing experience with this product. Similar to "Redfitz"s experience above the glasses fell out of their grooves and now the filter is basically junk. I tried I don't know how many times to contact their support team and never heard from anyone. Given it was not a cheap purchase either you'd expect more. Shocking waste of money.

          Strangely I've noticed questionably positive reviews for this product which is just plain baffling considering how weak the build is.

          If there were "negative stars" options this would get a -5 stars.

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          5.0

          It works

          By Serge DuLin

          from MI

          About Me Semi-pro Photographer

          Verified Buyer

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                Comments about Fader Filters 77mm HD Variable Neutral Density Filter:

                I use it with my strobes or during sunny days when I need f-stop 1.4-1.8 on my Nikkor 1.4/85mm , and 2.8 on my Nikkor 2.8/70-200mm

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                2.0

                Worked well but didn't last long

                By redfitz

                from Washington, DC

                About Me Pro Photographer

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                Pros

                • Easy To Use
                • Firm Mount

                Cons

                • Weak Construction

                Best Uses

                  Comments about Fader Filters 77mm HD Variable Neutral Density Filter:

                  The filter produced great results but after just a handful of uses, one piece of glass became unglued and therefore it's impossible to use the circular part of the filter anymore plus the two pieces of glass, now laying against each other, have scratched themselves up. I have been unable to reach anyone at Fader Filters after numerous emails.

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                  4.0

                  Seems to do the job

                  By Nick Chafin [@]

                  from Knoxville, TN

                  Verified Buyer

                  Pros

                  • Easy To Use

                  Cons

                    Best Uses

                    • Shooting Outdoors

                    Comments about Fader Filters 77mm HD Variable Neutral Density Filter:

                    If you're shooting video on a DSLR, these come in handy--lets you keep a shallow DOF but also, you can use it as a kind of iris control. That is, in camera, or even if your lens has an aperture ring, if you adjust the iris, it won't be smooth. If you go from one lighting environment to another in a shot, just turn the filter to adjust the iris smoothly.

                    Unfortunately, I've found that the minimum ND is just too dark to use in a normal indoor lighting situation--unless you add lights to the scene. Additionally, I found out after I got the filter that your existing lens cap won't fit on the filter--so if you plan to keep it on all the time, you'll need to buy a larger lens cap.

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                    2.0

                    Not that great...

                    By Disappointed in SLC

                    from SLC, UT

                    About Me Film Professional

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                          Comments about Fader Filters 77mm HD Variable Neutral Density Filter:

                          Vignettes on my Tokina 11-16 on the Canon 7D. Must be an absolute nightmare with a FF camera. There is a slight, but noticeable loss of resolution. I had hoped I was at least getting what I was paying for.

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                          2.0

                          Fails Big Time at Long Focal Lengths

                          By dezignman

                          from Staten Island, New York

                          About Me Tech Savvy

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                          Pros

                          • Excellent build

                          Cons

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                              Comments about Fader Filters 77mm HD Variable Neutral Density Filter:

                              I used this on Nikon 1.5 cropping factor and Panasonic m4/3 2x cropping factor cameras. It failed at longer focal lengths, past 70mm it got progressively worse. The Panasonic was much worse than the Nikon probably due to the larger cropping factor. At 200mm it was terrible on the Panasonic. There was also a yellow color shift. These work okay at normal focal lengths of about 24-70 on the Nikon, but anything more and you can see a degradation.

                              I wanted to like this. The concept is great: the ability of carrying around just one ND filter instead of several. The build quality is excellent, and the glass is beautiful. It's a shame it didn't work out for me. I had to return it.

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                              5.0

                              Makes a massive difference

                              By Hosebeast

                              from Sydney

                              About Me Film Professional

                              Verified Buyer

                              Pros

                              • Compact Design
                              • Easy To Use
                              • Improves Picture Quality
                              • Interfaces Well With Camcorder

                              Cons

                                Best Uses

                                • Close Up Filming
                                • Panoramic Filming
                                • Shooting Outdoors

                                Comments about Fader Filters 77mm HD Variable Neutral Density Filter:

                                This thing is not cheap, but it was a must for me- I do my filming in Australia where the sun is really harsh, so without it I had to force my f-stops to an undesirable point. I can now shoot in the harshest light at the lowest f-stop for shallow dof and the quality is just stunning. I would strongly recommend getting an 82mm lens cap to protect this expensive bit of gear while it is on your camera.

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                                4.0

                                Neutral review about Neutral Dens filter

                                By Guy

                                from Zululand in Sunny South Africa

                                About Me Semi-pro Photographer

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                                Pros

                                • Easy To Use
                                • Firm Mount
                                • Strong Construction

                                Cons

                                  Best Uses

                                    Comments about Fader Filters 77mm HD Variable Neutral Density Filter:

                                    I have used the 77mm filter on a 24-70mm f2.8 for video on a 7D. It works as promised and is essential when you are trying to do video in bright light.
                                    Its quick and easy to use but my complaints are that the outer ring is 80 or so mm so you cant use a lens cap and you cant use it with a lens hood so flare can be a problem. However I have found nothing better so it is highly recommended.

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                                    5.0

                                    GREAT QAULITY I WASNT DISAPPOINTED

                                    By RJ5D

                                    from NY

                                    About Me Semi-pro Photographer

                                    Pros

                                    • Clear Optics

                                    Cons

                                      Best Uses

                                      • Image Manipulation

                                      Comments about Fader Filters 77mm HD Variable Neutral Density Filter:

                                      The Fader ND (HD) filter is a significant improvement over the previous version by the same company. My friend has the older model and I've seen it in use on her Canon 5D. The previous Fader ND filter was prone to banding and vignetting, which did cause a noticeable reduction in image quality. Neither banding or vignetting appear at any setting of the newer HD version. There is only a >very< slight color change as the filter is darkened down which makes obtaining (and maintaining) white balance much easier as well. I have used Cokin "neutral" density filters in the past and they are far from neutral! The glass on the Fader HD itself appears exceptionally clear when mounted on the lens, and does not appear to degrade the quality of the image at all. The rotation of the filter elements is smooth and feels very solidly constructed. Very importantly (to me, since I do not have a matte box) I was able to mount my lens hood over the filter (on both my 35mm prime and 85mm prime lenses). I can still rotate the filter by putting a finger down inside the lens hood - the rotation of the filter is smooth but solid and easy to accomplish even with the tip of a finger. I've used the filter for HDR composite photography and for 1080HD video and the results are fantastic! The lack of banding or vignetting is a huge improvement over the previous model and the extra $$ is money well spent! The ability to shoot wide aperture is a huge bonus to cameras with such large sensors, such as my Canon 5D. I've shot HD video at apertures as wide as f/1.2 in bright sunlight, with the shutter speed set to 1/50th of a second, and the results are nothing short of spectacular. This kind of footage was previously limited to massively expensive hollywood cameras . I've also used it to cause motion blur to waves at the beach (again in full daylight), with exposures as long as 30 seconds, with no degradation of white balance settings. This filter is very very very close to being fully 'neutral', works well, seems very solidly built and there are no surprises. It comes with a plastic case for care when not in use. An excellent product! 5 stars.

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