77mm Fader ND Mark II
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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
- Ships free via USPS Priority
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|Item Weight||2.2 pounds|
|Package Height||0.9 x 4.4 x 5.1 inches|
|Shipping Weight||0.05 pounds|
Top Customer Reviews
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.Read more ›
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.Read more ›
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!Read more ›
Most Recent Customer Reviews
This worked great, until it somehow came unhinged early 2014, about 1.5 years after owning it. It basically will not vary the ND amount, and has no effect anymore. Read morePublished 13 months ago by Yossarian22
I use this adjustable neutral density filter a lot for my photography of flowing water. It comes with a graduated scale of stops to dial the amount of filtration you need. Read morePublished on May 28, 2014 by Jose P. Oquendo
While the quality of the glass and coating is great, there are some things that I don't like:
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great as fader for doing long exposures during the day. get step up rings so you just buy this size and use it on all your other lenses, if that's what you want to do. Read morePublished on January 2, 2014 by fceexp1
I am not a professional photographer, but pretty handy with a camera and found this to be exactly what I needed to get those wide open, near depth of field shots, in bright... Read morePublished on December 25, 2013 by Jeffery A. Read
You are indeed going to be sacrificing some quality but you will be gaining convenience of not having to carry around (or buy) multiple ND filters. Read morePublished on October 31, 2013 by Meowcat
As others have written you will experience a "X" shadow when used at the darkest position. I've only tried this with still photography so I can't speak to it's use with... Read morePublished on April 30, 2013 by D. Eggen
You'll see the X at certain times, but you can adjust it out with ISO, etc. It has it's limitations, but worth trying if you've ever dreaded capturing video in the sunlight.Published on February 24, 2013 by RJ