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Neutral Density Filter Shootout – Which ND Filter is Best?

Danny Greer

Cameras and Equipment

LearningDSLRVideo.com’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: