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Jul 11, 2012 19:38 |  #1

I purchased a cheap $16 Variable ND filter from amazon a couple months ago. I have used it for a couple shots while out and about, but never tested the image quality until tonight. I must say, I am quite pleased!

This first shot is a three-shot combined exposure, from 4 second exposure to 1/2 second exposure

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This is a 4-second exposure at f14
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These next two are 200% crops....can you tell which one is just the lens @ 1/250 sec, and which one has the Vari-ND filter on @1/3 sec??

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20120711-_MG_8729 (external link) by david_mt_ml (external link), on Flickr

Sure it is not perfect, but it's also not $450 like the Heliopan!!! For $16 it is a real fun thing to play around with!!



  
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Jul 11, 2012 19:45 |  #2

Looks good to me. Toss up a product link if you can. Ive been looking for a cheap one to play with.


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Jul 11, 2012 19:50 |  #3

Nature Nut wrote in post #14704140 (external link)
Looks good to me. Toss up a product link if you can. Ive been looking for a cheap one to play with.

http://www.amazon.com …ywords=variable​+nd+filter (external link)




  
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Jul 11, 2012 20:50 |  #4

That is seriously none too shabby and now I hate myself for paying what I did for mine.


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Jul 11, 2012 21:32 |  #5

Viva-photography wrote in post #14704352 (external link)
That is seriously none too shabby and now I hate myself for paying what I did for mine.

Don't hate yourself haha!! Like I said, it's by no means perfect. Build quality is mediocre and the glare can get pretty bad.




  
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Jul 11, 2012 22:48 |  #6

The first two look rather soft to my eyes. For the latter two pictures, was a tripod used?

I have a Neewer vari-ND filter. I think it's quite nice...for the price. Acceptable for paid work? Absolutely not, IMO.

Anyone thinking about a vari-ND filter - it's $16. Give it a shot to see if it does what you want first. Then, if you like the general concept, invest in a Singh-Ray or something.


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Jul 11, 2012 22:56 |  #7

v35skyline wrote in post #14704766 (external link)
The first two look rather soft to my eyes. For the latter two pictures, was a tripod used?

For some reason every photo I upload to flickr and then post here looks soft. Doesn't matter how great the focus and sharpness is...it always looks soft here. Does anyone know why that is??

Yes, tripod was used in all photos.

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I have a Neewer vari-ND filter. I think it's quite nice...for the price. Acceptable for paid work? Absolutely not, IMO.

Agreed, though maybe in a some applications it could.

Anyone thinking about a vari-ND filter - it's $16. Give it a shot to see if it does what you want first. Then, if you like the general concept, invest in a Singh-Ray or something.

Exactly.




  
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Jul 11, 2012 23:33 as a reply to  @ davidmtml's post |  #8

Of the last 2, my guess is the first shot is with the filter. It seems to have eliminated a small child as well reduce light input. Hmm... can it do that with my kids? :p
On a serious note, I do appreciate this thread. I've been holding back because all I keep hearing is that they are a waste of $16. Guess who's spending $16 at Amazon in the very near future?


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Jul 11, 2012 23:50 |  #9

KirkS518 wrote in post #14704881 (external link)
Of the last 2, my guess is the first shot is with the filter. It seems to have eliminated a small child as well reduce light input. Hmm... can it do that with my kids? :p?

Well, for $16 it can't hurt to try! ;)




  
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Jul 12, 2012 00:21 |  #10

Not too bad, with the last pair I think it's fairly obvious, but you're also shooting in low contrast, overcast conditions. Either way, for the cost of lunch you really can't go wrong. Meanwhile, I"m going to head back to the camera cabinet and caress my Singh Ray. . . . .:D


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