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Archive 2012 · lee big stopper vs. light craft Fader
  
 
Justin Huffman
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p.1 #1 · lee big stopper vs. light craft Fader


just wondering, since the video shooters often use the light craft studio fader how does it compare opticly to the lee big stopper? i have the fader II but havent put it to use in the field yet.


Feb 21, 2012 at 06:16 PM
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p.1 #2 · lee big stopper vs. light craft Fader


Go try it out and come back and report your results. expose in Av so you can vary the shutter speed to establish equivalent exposure.

With a WA lens all Vari-NDs have some irregularity in the ND pattern, a kind of a large X shape. The onset of this irregularity depends upon the quality of the V ND and the width of the lens (FOV).
Onset of the pattern at about 5-6 stops ND is not unusual, but onset at >8 stops ND is excellent. Again depends upon the lens and FF or crop.



Feb 21, 2012 at 07:49 PM
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p.1 #3 · lee big stopper vs. light craft Fader


read carefully the statement they all make about use with certain optics

quote lifted from the lightcraft workshop site on its vari product:
"Further rotation of the filter may cause an “X-cross effect” to appear on image"
the wider the angle the more prominent the effect

this effect can and does occur on all vari type filters

i have a Tiffem multicoated version of the Vari





Feb 22, 2012 at 02:37 PM
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p.1 #4 · lee big stopper vs. light craft Fader


I scored the 77mm Tiffen MC variable for $150 and it's working well


Feb 23, 2012 at 12:40 PM
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p.1 #5 · lee big stopper vs. light craft Fader


I've used the LCW fader and currently have the LBS. LBS is miles better in terms of usability. LCW is ok if you don't max it out, but around 8 or 9, you will start to see the X across the frame.

If you can't find the LBS anywhere, the B+W ND110 is a good substitute until you find a LBS.



Feb 24, 2012 at 05:50 PM





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