ND filter

Discussion in 'Native Lenses' started by Starre70, Mar 11, 2014.

  1. Starre70

    Starre70 FujiXspot Rookie

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    Mar 11, 2014
    I am looking for a ND filter for my 56/1.2 and 23/1.4 lenses.
    Which one would you recommend?
     
  2. Lightmancer

    Lightmancer Super Moderator Subscribing Member

    Feb 2, 2013
    Sunny Frimley
    Bill Palmer
    Funnily enough I have just ordered a Hama 62mm variable ND filter from Amazon for the same purpose
     
  3. Jman13

    Jman13 FujiXspot Regular

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    Mar 7, 2013
    Columbus, OH
    Watch out on the Vari-NDs, especially the cheaper ones. I have a super cheap Neewer Vari-nD that looks surprisingly good on the 23/1.4...no visible image degradation, even at 6 stops of filtering.

    Put it on my 56 in bright sun and it's awful. Massive loss of sharpness and it creates horrible artifacts in the bokeh. Not sure why the dual personality, but worth noting.

    I'm going to pick up a nice 2 stop ND multicoated from B+W or Hoya and use that for bright day shooting at wide apertures.
     
  4. Lightmancer

    Lightmancer Super Moderator Subscribing Member

    Feb 2, 2013
    Sunny Frimley
    Bill Palmer
    Good comments. Whilst I trust Hama, I have never used a vari- before; it came up on a search for an ND2 so I thought I would give it a try ;)

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  5. romi.gilles

    romi.gilles FujiXspot Top Veteran

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    May 17, 2013
    back in Crooklyn
    a fader can be so helpful when you absolutely don't want to carry more than one filter. what you really need to watch for is the x-phenomena when you're near max nd.

    i happen to have a 62mm, previously, for video stuff. this one fits both my xf23 and my xf56. i took it out with the xf56, yesterday. if you want a good one, i've never been disappointed with Light Craft Workshop brand.

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  6. yakky

    yakky FujiXspot Regular

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    Dec 18, 2013
    Depends on what you need it for. Circular polarizers IMO work better for bright light.
     
  7. ean10775

    ean10775 FujiXspot Top Veteran

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    Feb 13, 2013
    Cleveland, OH
    Eric
    My understanding (which may be incorrect) is that one aspect of how fast a lens can focus is how much light it can gather during the time of focusing, which is why focusing slows down or switches to contrast detect in lower light scenarios. Obviously if its bright enough to require an ND filter there is still quite a bit of light available, but does the focusing of any of these ultrafast lenses like the 56mm f1.2 or the 23mm f1.4 slow at all when you place an ND filter in front of them?
     
  8. capodave

    capodave FujiXspot Veteran

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    Jan 31, 2013
    Mission Viejo CA
    Dave Kavlich
    I just picked up a B+H Circular polarizer for my 23 this past weekend.
    Worked great in very sunny conditions at both San Clemente and Laguna Beach.
     
  9. romi.gilles

    romi.gilles FujiXspot Top Veteran

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    May 17, 2013
    back in Crooklyn
    i had my CPLs, too. that was in no way going to let me shoot with my 56 wide open. overcast here outside of chicago.

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  10. romi.gilles

    romi.gilles FujiXspot Top Veteran

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    May 17, 2013
    back in Crooklyn
    my cpl was definitely not going to let me shoot my 56 wide open under this bright, overcast condition especially with the snow still around.

    i'm not sure what criteria the fujis switches to cdaf. but let me find my link i posted in a thread i made for examples of the xt1's predictive af tracking. it shows the conditions i was in, and you can check exif for details of exposure. in aperture priority, my fader helped me bring my shutter speed below 1/4000.

    edit: you guys are both in there. lol


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  11. yakky

    yakky FujiXspot Regular

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    Dec 18, 2013
    All depends on what kind you are using. I have some that are very light and some that are very very dark.
     
  12. Lightmancer

    Lightmancer Super Moderator Subscribing Member

    Feb 2, 2013
    Sunny Frimley
    Bill Palmer
    Hmm... The vario filter has arrived. Sadly it won't fit with the hood. I really should have thought of that... :(