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Polaroid 58mm Neutral Density Fader Filter

B&H # POFF58 Mfr # PLFILFDND58
You Pay: $34.99
Product Highlights
  • 3x to 400x Variable ND Filter
  • Decrease Exposure by 1.3 to 8.6 Stops
  • Multicoated Glass Construction

The Polaroid 58mm 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 62mm.
Type Variable neutral density
Size 58 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 62 mm
Front Lens Cap Size 62 mm

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Polaroid58mm Neutral Density Fader Filter
 
4.2

(based on 17 reviews)

Ratings Distribution

  • 5 Stars

     

    (8)

  • 4 Stars

     

    (5)

  • 3 Stars

     

    (3)

  • 2 Stars

     

    (1)

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86%

of respondents would recommend this to a friend.

Pros

  • Easy to use (12)
  • Firm mount (7)
  • Clear optics (6)
  • Strong construction (6)

Cons

    Best Uses

    • Image manipulation (8)
      • Reviewer Profile:
      • Casual photographer (4), Photo enthusiast (3), Pro photographer (3)
      • Was this a gift?:
      • No (15)

    Most Liked Positive Review

     

    Awesome

    This lens filter works great, I use it to shoot river pictures with a slow shutter speed during the day. It is not the most expensive ND filter out there, but it seems...Read complete review

    This lens filter works great, I use it to shoot river pictures with a slow shutter speed during the day. It is not the most expensive ND filter out there, but it seems to work great. The only downside is that my lens cap soesn't seem to fit securly on the filter. Doesn't really bother me because I don't keep the filter on my lens all the time.

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    Most Liked Negative Review

     

    Does the job!

    I use the filter for slow shutter speeds during the day. So far i have only used it at the beach. The filter works how it should, the only downside being it doesn't...Read complete review

    I use the filter for slow shutter speeds during the day. So far i have only used it at the beach. The filter works how it should, the only downside being it doesn't screw on to my Canon lens tightly.

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    4.0

    Works great for the price

    By jz

    from Minneapolis, MN

    About Me Casual Photographer

    Verified Buyer

    Pros

    • Easy To Use
    • Firm Mount
    • Strong Construction

    Cons

      Best Uses

        Comments about Polaroid 58mm Neutral Density Fader Filter:

        I use this to film video with my DSLR and I'm pretty happy with it. The image does lose a little sharpness with it on. Especially when it's maxed out. But through my kit lens it's hardly noticable. For the price it's a great ND filter to learn with and does its job.

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        5.0

        I would recommend this product.

        By Jesse

        from Sewanee, TN

        Verified Buyer

        Comments about Polaroid 58mm Neutral Density Fader Filter:

        I bought this Neutral Density filter for my 28mm EF Lens for use on my Canon 7D. I bought it for shooting video with small apertures (1.8) on really sunny days. Works well and has a solid construction. Great product for the price.

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        3.0

        Mixed results

        By BF

        from Southwest

        About Me Photo Enthusiast

        Pros

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

        Cons

        • Bad In Direct Sunlight
        • Inconsistent Effect

        Best Uses

          Comments about Polaroid 58mm Neutral Density Fader Filter:

          Indoors with a flash it seems to work fine -- although the maximum variation in density occurs over a small range of rotation. Outdoors in the sun it's unacceptable: Both facing towards and away from the sun, when you rotate it into the range where the density is highest, you get a huge dark blue cross across the scene! So it's only usable, in direct sunlight, at lower density settings. Outdoors in open shade it seems to be OK. One final FYI: Although the rear threads are 58mm, the front threads are 62mm.

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          2.0

          Soft

          By clickin

          from San Jose, CA

          About Me Photo Enthusiast

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                Comments about Polaroid 58mm Neutral Density Fader Filter:

                A little too soft for me. Quality worsens as the stops are increased.

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                5.0

                Needing those extra stops.

                By WJ

                from San Jose, CA

                About Me Semi-pro Photographer

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                Pros

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

                Cons

                  Best Uses

                  • Color Correction
                  • Filter Protection
                  • Image Manipulation
                  • Lens Protection
                  • UV Protection

                  Comments about Polaroid 58mm Neutral Density Fader Filter:

                  The ease of a single filter adjusting those extra stops with a D600.

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                  3.0

                  Works well for a couple of stops

                  By David C

                  from South Carolina

                  About Me Casual Photographer

                  Verified Buyer

                  Pros

                  • Easy To Use

                  Cons

                  • Inconsistent Effect

                  Best Uses

                  • Image Manipulation

                  Comments about Polaroid 58mm Neutral Density Fader Filter:

                  Gets an X pattern at full darkness, but works well enough of me to get about a 5 second exposure in bright sun.

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                  5.0

                  works as advertised!

                  By jonboy

                  from Springboro OH

                  Verified Buyer

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                        Comments about Polaroid 58mm Neutral Density Fader Filter:

                        Just got an Alpha 77 for Christmas and added this filter for bright shots. Works marvelously.

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                        5.0

                        nice product!

                        By Enrique G.

                        from Monterrey, Mexico

                        About Me Photo Enthusiast

                        Verified Buyer

                        Pros

                        • Easy To Use

                        Cons

                          Best Uses

                          • Image Manipulation

                          Comments about Polaroid 58mm Neutral Density Fader Filter:

                          really nice ND filter.. if you dont want to be carrying different densitiys filter this is the way to go...

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                          (1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

                           
                          5.0

                          Great Bargain

                          By Motlama

                          from Detroit, MI

                          About Me Pro Photographer

                          Verified Buyer

                          Pros

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

                          Cons

                          • Larger Front Dia Threads

                          Best Uses

                          • Image Manipulation

                          Comments about Polaroid 58mm Neutral Density Fader Filter:

                          Can't beat it at this price point. It even appears to be multi-coated.
                          I got this for a Sony camera I shoot infrared with and can not change aperature or shutter speed in that mode, so this changes everything for exposure. I use to have to switch out NDs to adjust exposer, a real pain.
                          This is the perfect solution for me.

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                          4.0

                          Solid build, versatile filter

                          By Mr Wizzard

                          from Rio Vista, CA

                          About Me Semi-pro Photographer

                          Verified Buyer

                          Pros

                          • Clear Optics
                          • Easy To Use
                          • Firm Mount

                          Cons

                            Best Uses

                            • Image Manipulation

                            Comments about Polaroid 58mm Neutral Density Fader Filter:

                            This is a great filter to be able to dial down the exact amount of light you wish to block. If you're shooting outdoors and you can't easily control the light, ND filters are a must.This filter allows you to select different amounts of light without changing the filter.Cons:Outside diameter is larger than 58mm (to prevent vignetting I assume) so your lens cap doesn't fit.

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                            5.0

                            Works well, wide range of ND

                            By Jeffrey

                            from Colorado Springs, CO

                            About Me Pro Photographer

                            Verified Buyer

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                                  Comments about Polaroid 58mm Neutral Density Fader Filter:

                                  This is a great filter for my 85mm prime. If you are shooting towards the sun, you absolutely need to use a good hood as the sun washes out the filter and its very noticeable. You can smoothly change the ND strength if light changes in the middle of a shot(video). It's a bit jarring with a video camera as you have to click through the strengths.

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                                  4.0

                                  Awesome filter for the price

                                  By Michael

                                  from Vacaville, CA

                                  About Me Photography Student

                                  Verified Buyer

                                  Pros

                                  • Easy To Use
                                  • Firm Mount
                                  • Strong Construction

                                  Cons

                                    Best Uses

                                      Comments about Polaroid 58mm Neutral Density Fader Filter:

                                      The filter does exactly what it say it will do. If you are on a budget, like me, then you will find thistle be an amazing product since it has multiple steps.

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                                      4.0

                                      nice filter for the money

                                      By THE FACE

                                      from NYC

                                      Verified Buyer

                                      Pros

                                      • Easy To Use

                                      Cons

                                        Best Uses

                                        • Image Manipulation

                                        Comments about Polaroid 58mm Neutral Density Fader Filter:

                                        I use this on my XF100 to get a shallow depth of field and it works. I would recommend this to a friend on a budget.

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                                        5.0

                                        All my problems are sovled!

                                        By NWImages

                                        from Seattle, WA

                                        About Me Pro Photographer

                                        Verified Buyer

                                        Pros

                                        • Clear Optics
                                        • Easy To Use

                                        Cons

                                        • Markings inaccurate

                                        Best Uses

                                        • Image Manipulation

                                        Comments about Polaroid 58mm Neutral Density Fader Filter:

                                        I use this filter both for video and photography on my canon 60d. It has been quite the life saver on really bright sunny days allowing me to shoot video @ 24p shutter: 1/50th at f2.8 giving me my desired Depth of field while still remaining sharp edge to edge. As for photography it has really improved my landscape photography.the filter gives me the advatage of wide apatures and long exposures to give me the best smooth water effect. overall this filter has really improved my game.

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                                        (1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

                                         
                                        3.0

                                        Does the job!

                                        By Welly

                                        from Sydney, Australia

                                        About Me Casual Photographer

                                        Verified Buyer

                                        Pros

                                        • Easy To Use

                                        Cons

                                        • Loose Mount

                                        Best Uses

                                          Comments about Polaroid 58mm Neutral Density Fader Filter:

                                          I use the filter for slow shutter speeds during the day. So far i have only used it at the beach. The filter works how it should, the only downside being it doesn't screw on to my Canon lens tightly.

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                                          • No

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                                          (0 of 2 customers found this review helpful)

                                           
                                          4.0

                                          OK to use

                                          By Jim

                                          from Olympia,WA

                                          Verified Buyer

                                          Comments about Polaroid 58mm Neutral Density Fader Filter:

                                          OK as advertised

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                                          (3 of 3 customers found this review helpful)

                                           
                                          5.0

                                          Awesome

                                          By STVNS

                                          from SLC, Utah

                                          About Me Casual Photographer

                                          Verified Buyer

                                          Pros

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

                                          Cons

                                          • Lens cap does not fit

                                          Best Uses

                                          • Image Manipulation

                                          Comments about Polaroid 58mm Neutral Density Fader Filter:

                                          This lens filter works great, I use it to shoot river pictures with a slow shutter speed during the day. It is not the most expensive ND filter out there, but it seems to work great. The only downside is that my lens cap soesn't seem to fit securly on the filter. Doesn't really bother me because I don't keep the filter on my lens all the time.

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                                          • No

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