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December 7, 2012
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Neutral Density Filter Shootout – Which ND Filter is Best?

Looking to buy an ND filter?  Be sure to check out this video review.  6 popular ND filters go head-to-head and one is chosen as a best buy for pro photographers and DSLR shooters.

Cameras and Equipment’s Dave Dugdale recently completed a thororgh test on 6 commercial neutral dentisty filters for photographers and DSLR shooters.  The real world test of these filters included the following brands and models:

Hoya HMC Pro1 Neutral Density (ND) filter used...

  • Polariod ND fader Filter
  • Genus ND fader Filter
  • Lightcraft Fader ND Mark II
  • Tiffen Variable ND
  • Singh-Ray Vari-ND Filter
  • Heliopan 77mm Variable ND Filter

What is a neutral density filter?

For those unfamiliar, a neutral density filter is a glass filter that you affix to the end of a camera lens.  The filter modifies light intensity, which gives a photographer or DSLR video shooter more flexibility in their shot, with the ability to use a larger aperture.  Neutral density (or ND) filters range in price and quality/effectiveness.  Dave tested the ND filters for the following factors:
  • Sharpness
  • Bokeh
  • Color Cast

See which ND filter Dave named a best bet based on quality and cost.  For anyone looking to purchase or learn more about professional grade ND filters, this video is a must watch:

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  • Shaun

    Was this the the old Genus or the new Genus Eclipse?

  • James Hare

    I think you should emphasize that you are testing VARIABLE ND filters, not straight ND’s like a 2 or 3 stop filter.

  • Attack of the fish.

    It’s Singh-Ray, not Sting ray.

  • Hillel B

    NDs aren’t only used for shooting wide open; in landscape photography, they’re primarily used so as to use a slower shutter.

  • Ketan

    How does he not know the filter brand B&W… “B plus W” really dude you’re reviewing filters and you don’t know that brand..?

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