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Polaroid 46mm Neutral Density Fader Filter

B&H # POFF46 MFR # PLFILFDND46
Polaroid 46mm Neutral Density Fader Filter

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Product Highlights

  • 3x to 400x Variable ND Filter
  • Decrease Exposure by 1.3 to 8.6 Stops
  • Multicoated Glass Construction

You Pay: $34.99

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The Polaroid 46mm Neutral Density Fader Filter is a solid variable neutral density filter providing a reduction of about 1.3 to 8.6 stops. The ND 3x to ND 400x 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. Neutral density filters do not affect the coloration of the image and are ideal for pairing with other filters.

Variable neutral density filter allows you to dial in differing amounts of density scene to scene.
3x to 400x neutral density filter darkens the image, allowing you to photograph with a longer shutter speed or wider aperture than normally required.
Providing a reduction of 1.3 to 8.6 stops, this filter allows you to control depth of field and convey movement more easily.
Filter does not affect coloration of the image and can be used with other filters.
Multicoated glass filter for optical clarity and color fidelity.
To help minimize vignetting, the front filter thread dimensions are larger than the mounting thread dimensions; for stacking filters, the front thread diameter is 49mm.
Type Variable neutral density
Size 46 mm
Filter Factor ND 3x to 400x (1.3 to 8.6 stops)
Rotating Yes; to vary density
Effect Permits a longer exposure
Color Temperature Does not affect color
Construction Aluminum filter ring and multicoated glass
Front Filter Thread Size 49 mm
Front Lens Cap Size 49 mm

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Polaroid46mm Neutral Density Fader Filter
 
4.3

(based on 8 reviews)

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80%

of respondents would recommend this to a friend.

Pros

  • Clear optics (5)
  • Strong construction (5)
  • Easy to use (4)
  • Firm mount (3)

Cons

    Best Uses

    • Image manipulation (5)
      • Reviewer Profile:
      • Semi-pro photographer (3)
      • Was this a gift?:
      • No (5)

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    4.0

    No problems so far.

    By halo34me777

    from Dallas

    Comments about Polaroid 46mm Neutral Density Fader Filter:

    I use this on my GH2 and I am satisfied with the price I paid.

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    4.0

    Flexible ND and a good value

    By T

    from Santa Monica, CA

    About Me Photo Enthusiast

    Verified Reviewer

    Pros

    • Good value
    • Strong Construction

    Cons

    • Lens Hood Interference

    Best Uses

    • Flash Photography
    • Image Manipulation

    Comments about Polaroid 46mm Neutral Density Fader Filter:

    I bought this for use with lenses such as my M.Zuiko 25mm when doing flash photography, using the filter to reduce light and allowing the use of wide apertures while maintaining a supported X-sync speed.

    The filter works well for this and doesn't produce a significant color shift at different intensity settings. However, it does affect the whitebalance and color response, so if color accuracy is critical I recommend creating a custom profile using a X-Rite Colorchecker or a similar product.

    One drawback of the filter's design is that the front diameter is larger than the nominal 46mm size (hence the complaints from some others that their lens caps don't fit -- it is called out in the product description so it shouldn't be a surprise).

    The problem for me is that the larger diameter makes it impossible to fit my lens hoods after the filter has been attached to the lens, and at the same time attaching the filter with the lens hood already attached is quite difficult, and reading the markings on the rim of the filter impossible. It's not a deal-breaker for me, but if you require the use of a lens hood with this filter, be aware of this.

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    5.0

    Great All-in-One ND for MFT lenses

    By RaraRay

    from New York, NY

    About Me Pro Photographer

    Verified Buyer

    Pros

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

    Cons

      Best Uses

      • Filter Protection
      • Image Manipulation
      • Lens Protection
      • UV Protection

      Comments about Polaroid 46mm Neutral Density Fader Filter:

      Needed a variable ND for my set of Panasonic MFT lenses, which are pretty much all uniformly 46mm. This is very useful when trying to get a nice depth of field on bright sunny days when you can't even get a good exposure with bokeh at 100ISO.I typically use this for video, but even for photos, this is an ESSENTIAL part of your kit if you are going to be shooting outdoors. Nice build quality- never feels like its going to crack or bend. Only con is that I can't fit the lens cap when I have it on.

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      5.0

      Good Things Come in Small Boxes

      By gear lover

      from Seattle, WA

      About Me Semi-pro Photographer

      Verified Buyer

      Pros

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

      Cons

        Best Uses

        • Image Manipulation

        Comments about Polaroid 46mm Neutral Density Fader Filter:

        Great for run and gun video shooting when the light is changing and you want to keep your lens open.

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        • No

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        5.0

        Fair, solid, compact

        By IKSLIM

        from CA

        About Me Semi-pro Photographer

        Verified Buyer

        Pros

        • Clear Optics
        • Easy To Use
        • Strong Construction

        Cons

          Best Uses

          • Image Manipulation

          Comments about Polaroid 46mm Neutral Density Fader Filter:

          I was surprised to see NO sharpness and contrast reduction. AF system performs accurate with my Panasonic GX7. I can recommend this filter for sunny day outdoor video shooting.

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          5.0

          Great tool for shooting outdoors

          By ECUxFILMS

          from Ny

          Comments about Polaroid 46mm Neutral Density Fader Filter:

          This is a must have if you want to shoot outside in the daytime. Great buy!

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          2.0

          Lens cap doesn't fit!

          By Spencer

          from Auburn, AL

          About Me Pro Photographer

          Pros

          • Clear Optics

          Cons

            Best Uses

              Comments about Polaroid 46mm Neutral Density Fader Filter:

              As a filter, this works fine. Cuts out light and doesn't effect image quality or color too much.
              However, this is the only filter I've seen that doesn't allow for a cap. So, I can't keep it on between shots, for fear of scratching it, which is unnecessarily time consuming.

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              4.0

              Works great for the money but.........,

              By Nestordesigns

              from Centereach, NY

              About Me Semi-pro Photographer

              Verified Buyer

              Pros

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

              Cons

              • Lens cap does not fit

              Best Uses

              • Color Correction
              • Image Manipulation

              Comments about Polaroid 46mm Neutral Density Fader Filter:

              I used this filter for lumix lenses and it does what it is made for my only gripe is that I cannot use my lens cap other then that I really like this filter.

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