Cheap Variable ND vs Expensive

Lobbamobba

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So, all of us that shoot video need NDs. And if you don't, thats because you don't realize that you need it :)
A good Variable ND Fader costs allot, my Genus Filters costs 200 dollars each. Thats why I use a large one and my magnetic adapters to move them between lenses.

But I recently bought a Canon lens to use on mirror less and needed yet again to cough up the 200 for a 77mm. At the same time I bought a 10 dollar Fotga that I heard isn't all that bad.
I have tested cheaper NDs before and they have always been totally useless. But this time its a bit different…

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=MEjVY-K9104
 

RickinAust

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I bought a cheap variable ND filter and it was s**t. It degraded image quality so badly that it was easily noticeable. I ended up taking it back and getting a normal ND filter.
 

Dramaturg

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I use Fotga variable ND for my amateur videos. Actually I'd say it is rather good up to 80% fading. Mine starts vigneting and distoring colors when set somewhere between 90% and 100%. But I completely agree, that it is quite a good value for someone who wants to try videography.
 

Lobbamobba

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I bought a cheap variable ND filter and it was s**t. It degraded image quality so badly that it was easily noticeable. I ended up taking it back and getting a normal ND filter.
It happened to me also, thats why a only buy expensive Genus faders. Other brands I would consider is Tiffen and Heliopan.
But with that said, the Fotga works and its only 10 bucks, crazy value since its better than some of the 50-100 dollar faders.
 

Lobbamobba

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I use Fotga variable ND for my amateur videos. Actually I'd say it is rather good up to 80% fading. Mine starts vigneting and distoring colors when set somewhere between 90% and 100%. But I completely agree, that it is quite a good value for someone who wants to try videography.
Agree, I went well over 90% and he little vignetting was pretty un noticeable since the subject rarely is in the top right or bottom left corner anyway, and even if it was its still usable.
 
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