Bower 55mm Variable Neutral Density Filter

Bower 55mm Variable Neutral Density Filter

Bower 55mm Variable Neutral Density Filter

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  • 2 to 8 Stops of Light Control
  • Smooth Adjustable Dial
  • Multi-Coated Optics
  • Allows Use of High ISO in Bright Light
  • Allows Wide Apertures in Bright Light
  • Selective Focus and Motion Blur
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Bower FN55 overview

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The 55mm Variable Neutral Density Filter from Bower gives you the capability of shooting with high speed film or high ISO settings on your digital camera, even in direct sunlight. ND filters reduce the amount of light that reaches your film or your sensor, and this variable ND filter allows you to choose just how much light you want to block from 2 to 8 stops. To adjust the amount of light, simply turn the adjustable dial for a seamless adjustment.

With the variable ND filter on your lens, you can control both the exposure time and depth of field in your photos. Without an ND filter, most cameras do not have a shutter speed fast enough to allow you to shoot wide open in bright conditions. By adding an ND filter, you can blur your background and isolate your subject, even under direct sunlight. You can also shoot very long exposures which is useful for landscape and architecture photography. Exposing your shot for a long period can make people, clouds, cars, and other moving objects seemingly disappear from your images.

UPC: 636980704166
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Bower 55mm Variable Neutral Density Filter
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    Bower FN55 specs

    Density 0.6 (2 Stops) to 2.4 (8 Stops)
    Shape Circle
    Circular Size 55 mm
    Front Accessory Thread / Bayonet 58 mm
    Filter Material Glass
    Coatings Multi-Coating
    Packaging Info
    Package Weight 0.15 lb
    Box Dimensions (LxWxH) 4.3 x 3.6 x 0.4"

    Bower FN55 reviews

    55mm Variable Neutral Density Filter is rated 4.0 out of 5 by 5.
    Rated 4 out of 5 by from Great ND for the price I have tested a lot of ND filters over the years. This one for the price works really well. - It does not soften the image. - It has hard stops on either side which is really nice - I find it cools the image down 200 Kelvin and it adds a little bit of green. - It does however add a texture to the bokeh, higher price ND filters do not do this, but again for the price this works pretty well.
    Date published: 2016-12-22
    Rated 5 out of 5 by from Best vari nd for video Those variable ND filters are PERFECT. I love the fact that is does not have infinity rolling, so you actually know when you're at the minimum or maximum filter value. Just like a regular iris. Way better than the others brands, where there's no physical limit so you can turn it all the way to the max, and suddenly switch to the minimum value...
    Date published: 2017-05-09
    Rated 2 out of 5 by from Not recommended As someone else stated in their review, variable ND filters may have visual artifacts that show up in darkest settings. I don't have a lot of experience to know how prevalent this is. But this particular filter has a giant X across the whole image when in 2 of the darkest settings, in 3rd darkest it's barely visible. So if you don't need it to go all the way to the darkest settings - it's a good ND filter
    Date published: 2018-08-07
    Rated 4 out of 5 by from Does the Job but with a variable ND caveat The Bower Variable Neutral Density filter works well and is a very smooth, reliable and well built item. It varies continually without "notches" or stop settings, dialing from one end to the other and allowing for instant, smooth and precise adjustments. I'm very pleased with the product and mostly happy with my results, however, be aware that any variable ND filter has some side effects you don't get from standard ND filters and you should be aware of them. As with other variable ND filters I have used, a "dark band" sometimes appears in the image as the exposure across the field of view is slightly uneven. This invisible at the bright settings and most noticeable at the darker settings. Because a variable ND is actually two polarizers stacked together it will also have the effect of a polarizer on certain subjects at certain angles, whether you want that effect or not. Skies may darken unevenly at certain angles and reflections on surfaces, such as leaves on trees and windshields, may vary from strong to non-existent. It's still an incredibly useful tool that works well and is a great time saver in 90% of the situations I encounter. The dark band has been a deal breaker for me on a few shots, but mostly these issues have not been major problems. A variable ND makes it very easy to quickly adjust exposure while maintaining the same f-stop and ISO without having to screw and unscrew different filters. It's an awesome tool and every photographer should have one on hand when shooting quickly in fast, day exterior situations. If you have the time, I would use a standard ND for best optical quality, but this is still a tool you should have in your bag. I pretty much keep it on my lens for all outdoor shooting and only remove when I encounter those issues mentioned above.
    Date published: 2018-07-10
    Rated 5 out of 5 by from Great love it Work great for me. Would recommend it for anyone looking at it it to buy
    Date published: 2017-08-16
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