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Hoya 55mm Variable Density II Filter

Hoya 55mm Variable Density II Filter
Key Features
  • Thin Frame for Minimized Vignetting
  • ND Range from ND3 to ND400
  • Dedicated Knob for Precision Rotation
  • Motion Blur of Moving Vehicles/Trains
The Hoya 55mm Variable Density II Filter minimizes the vignette effect often experienced when shooting with wide-angle lenses. In this updated version, Hoya improved the frame of the predecessor Variable Density filter, making it thinner for better handling of vignetting. The filter features a dedicated knob for precision rotation between an adjustable neutral density range of ND3 to ND400 (1.5 to 9 stops). It also allows you to attach an optional lens cap. It supports lens caps that are one size larger than the filter size.
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Is the knob detachable?

Is the knob detachable?
Asked by: James
Yes the knobs on the Hoya Variable Density II Filter are removable.
Answered by: Dan W
Date published: 2024-01-06

does the canon lens cap the comes with a 77mm fit ...

does the canon lens cap the comes with a 77mm fit on this filter? the older Hoya I have I can not fit my canon lens cap on
Asked by: Suzanne
Forget using lens caps with variable ND filters. By necessity, these filters are already thicker than most filters because they contain two pieces of glass plus a rotating mechanism to vary the angle of the two filters. This thickness introduces more likelihood of vignetting, especially with wide angle lenses or wide zooms, so most VND filters do not have front filter threads in order to keep the filter depth as short as possible. Do yourself a favor and buy a LensCoat Hoodie Lens Hood Cover to protect your VND and lens. The lens hoodie is a ton more reliable and never gets knocks off like normal clip on lens caps.
Answered by: Danny
Date published: 2023-07-20

Would this filter cause a colour shift when ...

Would this filter cause a colour shift when combined with the Hoya UV and IR Cut filter?
Asked by: dante
Don't stack additional filters with a VND. It just introduces more reflective surfaces in the optical path. Since the VND itself supplies the lens protection that most UV filters are employed for, there is no upside to stacking multiple filters. As for IR pollution, be prepared to do your own testing. There are IR cut VND filters out there, but my experience with IR ND has not been good, even after purchasing a set from a major manufacturer that was endorsed by a famous cinematographer. While IR pollution may have been mitigated, there was significant impact to natural color in the visible parts of the spectrum, a weird color cast that is difficult or impossible to retouch or edit because it seems non-linear. This may be specific to my particular camera sensor, but if you go for IR filtration, you should test extensively before major projects where weird color renditions would create problems.
Answered by: Danny
Date published: 2023-07-20

Does this filter have click stops for each ND ...

Does this filter have click stops for each ND stop? If so, do the click stops work even when the set screw/knob is removed?
Asked by: GRANT
The primary use of VND filters is shooting video on mirrorless cameras, and many cinema cameras which do not have built-in ND filters. Click stops would make this filter useless for video. Most VND filters have indicators on the filter rings, but these are approximate. The one thing you should avoid, and the only case where hard stops would be welcome, is at the maximum density value. This is because VND filters contain two polarizers, and the planes of polarization eventually cause moire patterns. Very few VND filters contain hard stops, however. My guess is that doing so would dramatically increase cost because each individual filter would require precision calibration and markings, which would probably put a multiplier on manufacturing labor costs.
Answered by: Danny
Date published: 2023-10-26

Can the OEM Lens hood be used while filter is on? ...

Can the OEM Lens hood be used while filter is on? I can still use the lens hood with the old Hoya variable ND.
Asked by: James
Hoya 77mm Variable Density II Filter gets in the way of the original lens hood and it cannot be used.
Answered by: Daniel C
Date published: 2023-01-28
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