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DSLRMAN

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He guys,
Which is the best ND filter out there that would control variable light with a dial in front and where can I find it.
Someone recommended Light Craft Workshop Fader ND 77mm,
Will it fit my lenses? I emailed them but don't reply.
Which ND filter would work with these lenses?
I have 3 lenses for my Canon T2i,
Canon 50mm f1.4
Tokina 11-16mm f2.8
Sigma 30mm f1.4

 
« Last Edit: April 29, 2011, 12:03:04 PM by DSLRMAN »

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The LCW Fader ND 77mm will fit lenses with a 77mm filter thread, and you should always buy for your biggest lens (in your case, the Tokina 11-16mm).

Here are the specs for your lenses:

Canon 50mm f1.4 - 58mm filter thread
Tokina 11-16mm f2.8 - 77mm filter thread
Sigma 30mm f1.4 - 62mm filter thread

So it will fit your Tokina just fine. You'll need step-up rings for your Canon & Sigma lenses, though.

(for the Canon - http://www.bhphotovideo.com/c/product/60508-REG/Tiffen_5877SUR_58_77mm_Step_up_Ring_Lens.html)
(for the Sigma - http://www.bhphotovideo.com/c/product/60512-REG/Tiffen_6277SUR_62_77mm_Step_up_Ring_Lens.html)


Now, for the subject of quality of ND filters. The LCW's are LCW branded, but manufactured out of house (to the best of my memory), and their quality control seems to be pretty good from what I've read.  They are a good value for the price, probably the best choice in mid-priced variable ND filters.

If you want the best, though, it's Singh-Ray's Vari-ND. Without question the best on the market.

http://www.bhphotovideo.com/c/product/619625-REG/Singh_Ray_R_86_77mm_Vari_ND_Neutral_Density.html

(edited to clarify a few thoughts...)
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If you want the best, though, it's Singh-Ray's Vari-ND. Without question the best on the market.

http://www.bhphotovideo.com/c/product/619625-REG/Singh_Ray_R_86_77mm_Vari_ND_Neutral_Density.html

(edited to clarify a few thoughts...)
Me thinks that you have got to be just plain made of money with it burning a hole in the pocket or you need to be making dough with the camera to buy these. I am sure you are right on the money with them being top of the line but jebus, 340.00 dollars for the set seems crazy to me.

1074, you seem to know your stuff, do you actually own these or are you just letting him know what is best?

I personally have always heard very good things about Hoya. Not that they are the best but I think they must fall into that good bang for the buck category. What do you think?
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I don't own the Singh-Ray Vari-ND... Wish I did, but I can't justify the spend right now. I've seen Philip Bloom use his set in person, though, and they are the hotness. :)

My own filters are a mix of Hoya and Tiffen, and I'm happy with them, especially for the price. I only own individual ND's, I don't have a fader yet. (I don't mind switching individual filters if it means I save a little money... My shopping list is up to the minute tech-wise, but I can't always get exactly what I want.  :'( )


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I was just signing in to ask a really similar question, getting tired of my broad daylight videos at f/22 looking hideous.

How much does quality differ versus price?  There's this set of three from Dolica for $45 that seems like a decent starting point to get the feel of it, or do I at least want to start with a mid-range name brand like Tiffen or Hoya?

There's also a DIY option of hijacking two CPL filters together, but that's also going to add somewhat of a polarizing affect which may not be desirable, right?

Just curious what experience/recommendations you guys have for entry level ND.
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I'm personally using single ND filters (Tiffen, IIRC), not a fader... I don't have a problem taking the time to switch them out.

I'm planning on picking up a fader ND at some point, but it's not really a priority right now.
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Wow almost 400.00 bucks! Out of my budget, I can tell you I just got my ND4 - 400 Fader.  Works well through the stops, except When it gets to the darkest setting, It doesnt cover the complete surface of the 58mm.  It was a 25.00 ebay purchase, so no loss, little gain.  I was shooting at 15" @ 7.1 in bright sun.  And they were coming up quite nice.  Im happy
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