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| p.1 #19 · variable ND, what is this? |
I don't know how people use these variable neutral density filters effectively. I rented the 82mm Singh-Ray Vari ND recently and tried it out, was very disappointed. At wide angles, the filter gives nowhere near the 8 stops they claim (although in the longer description text they do warn of these problems), I didn't even get 4 stops of darkening on the wide end. Plus, the filter vignettes terribly at extreme wide angles.
Not only that but if you look closely at darkened images with the filter, they are not evenly darkened, some parts of the frame get more or less...Show more →
No kidding Batty_F, after my little experience i'm starting to think i'll never get anything good out of these contraptions. It's a real shame my Genus doesn't perform better than that, especially at that price, because the way it's built it's very user friendly once you're on an actual shoot, well at least theoretically. I got this in the first place because it is impossible to hyper sync my Einstein flash heads because of their IGBT conception giving very short flash duration with virtually no tail part of the flash duration to work with for hyper syncing aside from a very short one a full output. Unless someone here can tell me otherwise and they have managed some level of effective hyper syncing with these heads with the Pocket Wizard Flex TT5 along with the Power Mc2 antennas on the heads.
For me right now all i need is the ability to stop down a few stops to be able to work at a wider aperture like f4 or so, but since i am planning on getting the 85mm f1,4 it would have been nice to go beyond that to 4 stops. The way i see it i paid over 200$ for a piece of dark glass that is probably worth 50$ at best, and when you think of it a 50$ filter placed in front of a 2000+$ lens is never a good idea.
This being said how's the Lee System performing for you so far ?