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Schneider77mm True-Match Vari-ND Filter
 
4.5

(based on 11 reviews)

Ratings Distribution

  • 5 Stars

     

    (7)

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    (3)

  • 3 Stars

     

    (1)

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89%

of respondents would recommend this to a friend.

Pros

  • Clear optics (7)
  • Strong construction (7)
  • Firm mount (6)
  • Easy to use (5)

Cons

    Best Uses

    • Image manipulation (4)
      • Reviewer Profile:
      • Pro photographer (4), Semi-pro photographer (3)
      • Was this a gift?:
      • No (10)

    Most Liked Positive Review

     

    Very likely the best Vari-ND filter

    I wanted this filter to slow down the shutter speed in bright light. Originally I was considering some other brands at the same price point, but the design and performance of this filter really...Read complete review

    I wanted this filter to slow down the shutter speed in bright light. Originally I was considering some other brands at the same price point, but the design and performance of this filter really stand out. First, it has a greater ND range than every other filter I could find. Second, though threaded in 77mm in my case, the filter surface itself is larger, like having a built in step ring. This prevents vignetting. Third, the filter is quite thin, about the same as a thin mount polarizer. This is amazing considering most other filters I found are as thick as three standard filters. Throw in the Schott glass and the brass construction and this filter is almost perfect. There is a slight amber color drift at maximum effect, but due to physics is unavoidable. 5 Stars.

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    Most Liked Negative Review

     

    Cannot be used with a lens hood

    I did not appreciate that with the large oversized filter that it precluded the use of a lens hood. This would limit the filter to use in shaded areas or having the sun at...Read complete review

    I did not appreciate that with the large oversized filter that it precluded the use of a lens hood. This would limit the filter to use in shaded areas or having the sun at my back whenever using this filter and this is a very real limitation of the Schneider design.

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    4.0

    Not really 11 stops

    By Nathan

    from San Francisco

    About Me Semi-pro Photographer

    Pros

    • Clear Optics
    • Strong Construction

    Cons

    • Only 6 Stop Difference

    Best Uses

      Comments about Schneider 77mm True-Match Vari-ND Filter:

      I've owned this filter for a few years and have enjoyed using it. However, if you're thinking you can make water look smooth and clouds move because the filter density is "11 stops" look elsewhere. This filter is really a 6 stop filter. For example, if a scene is 1/1000 then the max density will give you 1/15. Also, yellows take on a really weird look if you use this filter. I'm assuming that's because of the polarizers.

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      5.0

      necesity

      By quantumrider

      from new york, ny

      Verified Buyer

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        Cons

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            Comments about Schneider 77mm True-Match Vari-ND Filter:

            with fast glass to open aperture in daylight you need one of these

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            5.0

            better then other expensive faders

            By quantumrider

            from New York, NY

            About Me Pro Photographer

            Verified Buyer

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              Cons

                Best Uses

                  Comments about Schneider 77mm True-Match Vari-ND Filter:

                  pretty good, still get's an X so you just have to play with aperture to come up just below the X threshold and that's it, I just want to be clear... X is there in some conditions but it can be worked around

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                  5.0

                  Amazing Filter

                  By Senna JR

                  from Santa Monica, CA

                  Pros

                  • Clear Optics
                  • Firm Mount
                  • Strong Construction

                  Cons

                    Best Uses

                      Comments about Schneider 77mm True-Match Vari-ND Filter:

                      Amazing Filter, I purchased one to use on a BMCC while I placed Schneider .9ND's on a BMPCC. The colors that I got from this filter were amazing. In large measure because the filter appears to also have an IR reduction function. Matching the shots from the two cameras proved very difficult because of this so be forewarned I think this filter also cuts IR.

                      Great product highly recommended.

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                      5.0

                      Time saver for video

                      By Matthew

                      from Las Vegas, NV

                      About Me Pro Photographer

                      Verified Buyer

                      Pros

                      • Clear Optics

                      Cons

                      • Some Artifacts At Highest

                      Best Uses

                      • Video Production

                      Comments about Schneider 77mm True-Match Vari-ND Filter:

                      A great time saver for video, allows you to quickly dial in ND. No matte box needed.

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                      (1 of 12 customers found this review helpful)

                       
                      3.0

                      Cannot be used with a lens hood

                      By Samson

                      from Santa Cruz, CA

                      About Me Pro Photographer

                      Pros

                      • No vignetting

                      Cons

                      • Obstructs Lens Hoods

                      Best Uses

                      • Light Reduction

                      Comments about Schneider 77mm True-Match Vari-ND Filter:

                      I did not appreciate that with the large oversized filter that it precluded the use of a lens hood. This would limit the filter to use in shaded areas or having the sun at my back whenever using this filter and this is a very real limitation of the Schneider design.

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                      4.0

                      How did I work without this.

                      By Aaron

                      from Houston, Tx

                      Verified Buyer

                      Pros

                      • Easy To Use
                      • Firm Mount
                      • Strong Construction

                      Cons

                        Best Uses

                        • Image Manipulation

                        Comments about Schneider 77mm True-Match Vari-ND Filter:

                        I just took this filter out on my 2nd wedding video and it was a must have for the project. The only thing that makes me worried is that since it is so big, I am afraid that I will break it. Can't find a cap that would fit on it so I will be looking into some kind of filter carrying case.

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                        4.0

                        High quality product

                        By Scott N

                        from Denver, CO

                        About Me Semi-pro Photographer

                        Verified Buyer

                        Pros

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

                        Cons

                        • Inconsistent Effect

                        Best Uses

                        • Image Manipulation

                        Comments about Schneider 77mm True-Match Vari-ND Filter:

                        I haven't used this filter very much yet, but I plan on using it at weddings when I need a lower aperture for portraits as well as strobes during the day. It feels very solid and yet the 'Varying' aspect of the twist is very smooth. The only bad thing, which is stated in the included literature, says that at its darkest setting, with any kind of slow shutter will reveal an 'X' type shape of a darkened area on the photo. After some testing, this is more than accurate. However, if you can back the filter down about 1-3 stops, this 'X' nearly goes away.

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                        5.0

                        Key for getting great exposure, perfect

                        By Sev

                        from Vancouver B.C Canada

                        About Me Pro Photographer

                        Verified Buyer

                        Pros

                        • Clear Optics
                        • Easy To Use
                        • Firm Mount
                        • No color shift
                        • Strong Construction

                        Cons

                          Best Uses

                          • Color Correction

                          Comments about Schneider 77mm True-Match Vari-ND Filter:

                          I wouldn't rate any thing this high, but no color shift and large stop rang as well as hight image quality it's unmatched. I was going to get the tiffen nd set but with the run and gun shooting it wasn't going to get the use because miss the shot changing nd filters of hit the exposure. The filter is smoother then some of my lenes when shifting through stops. Money well spend it also hard to scratch I have been shooting moto x with and has see a ton of flying dirt.

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                          5.0

                          Best Variable ND out there

                          By Luis Ribagorda

                          from New York, NY

                          Verified Buyer

                          Pros

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

                          Cons

                            Best Uses

                            • Image Manipulation

                            Comments about Schneider 77mm True-Match Vari-ND Filter:

                            I've tried every variable ND on the market. Personally I preferred a set of ND filters but in some occasions I like the portability and versatility of a vary-ND and thats why I bought one. This is the best variable ND out there. No color change. Great looking images. 11stops. If you need one, this is the one.

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                            5.0

                            Very likely the best Vari-ND filter

                            By John D

                            from Hawaii

                            About Me Semi-pro Photographer

                            Verified Buyer

                            Pros

                            • Clear Optics
                            • Complete Design
                            • Easy To Use
                            • Firm Mount
                            • Strong Construction
                            • Strong Performance

                            Cons

                              Best Uses

                              • Image Manipulation

                              Comments about Schneider 77mm True-Match Vari-ND Filter:

                              I wanted this filter to slow down the shutter speed in bright light. Originally I was considering some other brands at the same price point, but the design and performance of this filter really stand out. First, it has a greater ND range than every other filter I could find. Second, though threaded in 77mm in my case, the filter surface itself is larger, like having a built in step ring. This prevents vignetting. Third, the filter is quite thin, about the same as a thin mount polarizer. This is amazing considering most other filters I found are as thick as three standard filters. Throw in the Schott glass and the brass construction and this filter is almost perfect. There is a slight amber color drift at maximum effect, but due to physics is unavoidable. 5 Stars.

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                              • No

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