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Old March 28th, 2011, 11:41 AM   #1
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Question about Vari-ND filters

Just wondering how much better optically is the Singh-Ray
77mm Vari-ND Variable Neutral Density Filter over the Fader ND and how do they compare and
does the thin mount for the Singh-Ray help any with reduce vignetting?
I already have the 77mm Fader ND and I'm happy with it just wondering if it's worth the upgrade.
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Old March 31st, 2011, 09:04 PM   #2
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Re: Question about Vari-ND filters

I attended Philip Bloom's workshop in DC a few weeks back and he was saying that the new Genus VariND is pretty good and costs about $200 or less. The SingRay is the best but expensive.

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Old April 1st, 2011, 12:09 AM   #3
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thanks i did a search and found this.
Loving the Fader ND and Singh Ray Vari ND. Life savers in New Delhi! | Philip Bloom
philip says there's no drop in color reproduction or sharpness that he could tell in video mode but
my photography friends say there is a color shift on the ND fader but doesn't matter i wouldn't use
a Variable Neutral Density Filter for taking stills. anyway i will do my own test when i get a chance.
thanks for your input.
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Old April 1st, 2011, 12:21 AM   #4
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also found this.
http://www.dvinfo.net/forum/canon-eo...ive-worth.html
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Old April 1st, 2011, 05:47 AM   #5
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Dan Brockett wrote that review when the Singh-Ray at $400 was the only variable ND filter on the market. It's a very good review of why a variable ND filter is so useful but the Fader NDs are decent & a quarter of the price of the Singh-Ray.
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Old April 2nd, 2011, 10:32 AM   #6
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Re: Question about Vari-ND filters

Genus

Genus ND Fader Filter 77mm - Genus Video and DSLR products

It does absolutely fine job as Singh Ray but more then twice less cost.

Genus 77mm ND (Neutral Density) Fader Filter GL GNDF-77 B&H

Right now some has 77mm filter on eBAY for $134.00 with free shipping

http://cgi.ebay.com/GENUS-77mm-Neutr...item4cf61dcaaf

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Old April 2nd, 2011, 11:51 AM   #7
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I use the Genus and it works fine. Don't waste the extra money on the Singh Ray.
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Old April 2nd, 2011, 11:51 AM   #8
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Neither perform particularly well when compared to using a normal ND filter.
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Old April 2nd, 2011, 11:56 AM   #9
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yeah i think i'm going with the Genus.
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Old April 2nd, 2011, 04:59 PM   #10
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Don't fool yourself the Singh Ray is much better than the Genus. I own a Genus simply because I can't afford the Singh Ray however my friend has the Singh Ray and there is quite a bit of sharpness lost with the Genus compared to the Singh Ray. I was filming a wedding the other day with a Canon 70-200MM 2.8IS stopped down with the Genus when I noticed how soft my images was when I zoomed in to focus, I decided to film at F4 instead without the filter for the particular shot I was doing.

The Genus is an affordable all round product that works wonders if you're on a budget but you do lose image sharpness as you stop down, as with all things in life you get what you pay for. Given the choice I'd buy Genus again for price vs function however the Singh Ray stays sharp.

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Old April 2nd, 2011, 08:16 PM   #11
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Re: Question about Vari-ND filters

I've compared the Genus to the Singh Ray and found no loss in sharpness whatsoever.

Having spent thousands over the years on B+W and Singh Ray filters I do know what to look for.

Hurlbut is endorsing Tiffen ND filters. In my experience they make very low end filters. Maybe things change.

Tiffen and HV Collaborate To Make Extraordinary Images with Water White Glass | Hurlbut Visuals
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Old April 2nd, 2011, 09:13 PM   #12
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I have a fader ND I'm happy with it but I'm wondering if its worth spending the money to get the Genus will I be able to see a difference in sharpness are they both about the same?
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Old April 3rd, 2011, 04:17 AM   #13
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I've compared the Genus to the Singh Ray and found no loss in sharpness whatsoever.
Kirk what glass did you use to test? I was quite surprised how much sharpness I lost, I wasn't doing any tests though I was simply filming and observed it.
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Old April 3rd, 2011, 05:01 AM   #14
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Nicholas I compared the two filters using the 24-70 L, 70-200 2.8 L IS and 85 1.2 L.

I shot identical setups with both filters.
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