Gear review – LCW – Fader ND mark II (77mm)
Image by B.Romain
Gear review – in english :
Recently I became a fan of long exposures, which means that Nd filters have become my new friends.
Let’s take a closer look at the offer of Light Craft Workshop.
The filter I’m gonna talk about in this review is a fader.
This particular ND can be rotated to work between ND4 and ND400.
Such a design will interest most video enthusiasts.
As the intensity is variable, the filter is particularly adapted to that use.
With the help of the ND Fader Mark II, you’ll be able to keep a wide aperture in the sunlight without being forced to increase the shutter speed.
He should also please the long exposure enthusiasts.
This one may replace a set of different filters by adjusting the opacity according to your needs.
it allows you to handle pretty much situations without having to change for multiple ND’s.
As an example, at the sunset, reducing the opacity of the filter to fit the ambient lighting is done very easily.
It’s also more convenient if you wish to check your focus without being forced to remove the filter.
However, in this particular case, we will regret that the effect isn’t linear.
The wider the focal length is, the less the filter is efficient.
At 12mm, it only reduce the entering light by a maximum of 3 stops, while it lowers it by 9 stops at 100mm (aps-c).
So the benefits are quite negligible if you mainly work with ultra-wide lenses.
Another issue, which isn’t very important, the "Cross-Effect".
Once pushed beyond the maximum, the filter shows a big black cross in the middle.
Unfortunately, the filter has no locking system to prevent that, so you’ll have to pay attention for the markers not to go further than the maximum.
Nonetheless, the filter has clearly improved since the last revision. There’s no more vignetting.
The image wasn’t altered, and there was no clearly noticeable loss of quality.
As a conclusion, if you’re a photographer who mainly works with tele-lenses, this filter will easily find it’s place in your bag.
On the other hand, if you prefer wide angles, the speed reduction will probably be a bit too low. Then you’ll probably rather go for some cheaper and more effective fixed filters.
In this case, LCW has a particularly good and cheap ND500 that should do the trick.
Though the videasts should be fully satisfied.
+ Variable density
– Not very effective with wide angle lenses.
– Cross effect
A few other pictures of the filter are visible below.
Any question about this accessory ? Ask it in comments.