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Hoya Variable ND filter 1-9 stops, your thoughts?


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#1 Gary Worrall

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Posted 27 August 2014 - 09:51 AM

There is Fathers day coming up in a couple of weeks, Daughter  asked me today what I would like

D810 / D4s / AF-S 600 f4 and AFS 800 f5.6 were above budget  :)  so was initially looking for CPL filters and came across the variable ND filter by Hoya

1-9 stops looked like a good option, what do you think, going to work OK?

Thinking of using with the 24-120

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Posted 27 August 2014 - 10:23 AM

Gary, I would think that the variable ND filter would be handy. Downside is perhaps a slight inferior quality due to it being variable.

The advantage is that you can keep it mounted when focusing as opposed to having to remove a standard ND-filter i.e. 9 stop filter.

With the latter you would first need to focus without the filter and then only attach it so as to take the shot.

 

My guess is that ND-Master Ron could possibly provide some sound advise here...

 

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Posted 27 August 2014 - 05:03 PM

I'd be a bit leery of the 9-stop claim.  It may actually be 9 stops, but beware of the "X" that shows up with most VNDs when they get close to their upper limit.

 

Even my high-$$ Singh-Ray only claims 8 stops.


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Posted 27 August 2014 - 05:52 PM

I believe that the 'variableness' is accomplished by rotating two polarised lenses in front of one another... so the effects of polarising on your image needs to be taken into account . That might be the downside ... but as Herman mentions there is the advantage of focusing without the hassle of removing/replacing the filter.

 

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Posted 27 August 2014 - 08:07 PM

Tks Guys

Might just sit on the fence a little longer

Might just buy a CPL and wait to hear from Ron


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