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77mm Fader ND Mark II

3.6 out of 5 stars 32 customer reviews

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  • cuts light 2 to 8 stops
  • prosumer category of the LCW line
  • thin design helps to prevent vignetting
  • works best on prime lenses under 200mm
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The Variable Fader ND Mark II is the most affordable filter in the LCW line of Fader ND's. It is suitable for most general purpose shooting, while the reengineered mark II version and the digi pro round are generally used for professional applications.The Mark II is a unique product designed and manufactured by Light Craft Workshop. Highly recommended by professional photographers and film directors, this is the latest version of the Mark II fader filter you have read and heard so much about. This adjustable neutral density filter offers 2-8 stops of additional density, changing when filter is rotated. CONVENIENT: Eliminates the need for multiple filters. All you need is a single filter to give you a range of ND2 to ND400 by simple manual rotation. BEST QUALITY: Designed for high definition photography and videography. Made with finest quality highly polished glass for better image resolution. Avoids any colour cast or vignetting. BEST PERFORMANCE: The ideal tool to produce slow shutter effects under heavy sunlight or large aperture under bright settings. Suggested for use with wide and standard lens with focal length under 200 mm for best image performance. Creates beautiful bokeh. BRAND NEW: You get a brand new Fader ND Mark II in a plastic case with instructions, all packed in its original Light Craft Workshop box with hologram logo to signify the genuine article. AUTHORIZED DISTRIBUTOR: Beware of imitators, we are the only authorized USA distributor. Light Craft Workshop is a dedicated team of photographers and engineers creating innovative high quality photographic equipment with a focus on filters. Understanding the needs of photographers and videographers.

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Product Dimensions 5.1 x 4.4 x 0.9 inches
Item Weight 2.2 pounds
Shipping Weight 0.8 ounces
Item model number RAPID77
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3.6 out of 5 stars 32 customer reviews

3.6 out of 5 stars
Best Sellers Rank #539 in Camera & Photo > Camera & Photo Accessories > Filters & Accessories > Neutral Density Filters
Date first available at July 19, 2010

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ND filters reduce the amount of light that gets to your lens. They let you shoot at a slow speed in daylight so you can capture movement of water or people against a fixed background, for example, or at night when you want to capture the movement of lights on cars, etc. You can buy ND filters of various strengths, or buy a
variable ND filter that gives you a wide range of adjustment

Light Craft's Fader ND filter is the variable type. This is a lower cost alternative to Singh Ray variable ND filters. I can't make a direct comparison with Singh Ray products, but I did run the Light Craft Fader through some tests on a Canon 5D Mark II with a 24-105mm lens and it's certainly satisfactory - designed well and made well. There was no loss of sharpness, based on comparing images shot with no filter and about a dozen images shot with the Fader filter at various degrees of ND. The filter shifts color slightly in the warm direction. It's not hard to compensate for this on your computer, but it's probably a good idea to take a shot without the filter so you have a baseline for making adjustments. Adjusting is easiest if you shoot in RAW, because you can reduce the color temperature slightly as a first step in processing.

The filter consists of two polarizing filers mounted in a ring so that the outer filter can be rotated. That allows you to vary the degree of density from about 2 stops to about 9 stops. The inner ring is the same size as your lens threads. Light Craft puts a slightly larger diameter filter into the outer ring to reduce the risk of vignetting. The 77mm Fader has an 82 mm outer filter and there was no vignetting with my 24 -105 mm lens set at 24 mm.
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I tend to be a lens and filter snob. For over 35 years, I only bought high end, name brand optics. Even now, I have half a dozen Canon L-series lenses.

Variable ND is essential for HDSLR shooting. I could write 400 words, but anybody looking at this product likely already knows.

When I started shooting video with a Canon 5D Mk II, variable ND was the first essential accessory. At the advent of the HDSLR revolution, variable ND was considered a specialty filter, not something available from most manufacturers. That was OK, because they were available from Singh-Ray, a company with a first class reputation.

Only problem was demand was huge, and Singh-Ray was on indefinite backorder. Wary of Lightcraft Workshop, I looked everywhere for other options, even calling Tiffen and begging them to bring something to market.

In the end, I bought the Lightcraft Workshop because it was available, thinking it was cheap, disposable, and I would get something better later.

But I doubt I ever will. I am completely satisfied with Lightcraft Workshop, and I have not observed any of the issues some people mention online. Variable ND is so important, I just purchased a 3rd Lightcraft Workshop filter, considering this accessory too essential to fumble with every lens change.

I have to rate this product 5 stars. When the 3rd filter is delivered, I'll have to take a close look at all three. The only way I would downgrade the rating of these filters is if there is a consistency problem.

BTW - I've bought a lot of ND filtration in the past year, including premium German B+W, which is always highly regarded.
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I got one of these (77mm) as soon as they were announced, and have used it extensively with my wide-angle lenses. I've even mounted a CPL on the front for additional effects (color shifts, more controlled polarization, etc.)! The LCW Fader ND mark ii series is a great improvement over others, and shows why "the original product, from the original maker" is always a better investment than a knock-off.

Sure, this is a "specialized" photography and videography tool, but it is one of those rare "gadgets" that does exactly what you bought it for. This is a variable neutral-density filter, so you can reduce the amount of light coming into your camera based on your scene and the changing lighting conditions. Most ND filters are intended to be stacked, since you never know how much light you need to reduce until you are behind the lens and metering. This single filter replaces a box of ND filters, allowing 2-8 stops of light reduction with a simple twist of the collar (like a polarizing filter) while on your lens.

What does this mean? If you're a photographer, you can use extra long exposure times in bright light (to create that "fluffy waterfall" effect or blur lots of motion) or you can open your aperture for shallow depth of field and maintain a slower shutter speed for flash sync (wedding photographers do this all the time for outdoor portraits). If you're a videographer (especially with a DSLR) you can control the shutter speed of your video to avoid "jitters" from very fast shutters, or to use the aperture creatively, or just to darken an otherwise bright scene for creative effect!
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