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    Quote Originally Posted by Sito82 View Post
    I also saw this filter today at peninsula. SunPro ND filter can change upton ND400 t around $70
    Intend to buy a ND filter for outdoor shoots where it is very bright.
    I have never bought a ND filter, is this one good?

    Normally ND filters allow shifting from ND2 to ND400?
    There are some threads in the past that discussed about the variable ND filters. Sometimes there may be an 'X' across the image or uneven banding. Variable ND Filters at 7 day shop - Talk Photography and Variable Neutral Density Filter problem: Open Talk Forum: Digital Photography Review. My comments have nthg to do with sunpro or other brands. Just sharing what I have came across.

    Variable NDs are just 2 CPLs mounted together with 1 of the glass reversed. Not sure if you can imagine what I am talking about

    I would suggest to get a fixed nd filter instead and it will depends on how bright the lighting is.

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    Default Re: SunPro brand of filters - anyone tried?

    Quote Originally Posted by Sito82 View Post
    I also saw this filter today at peninsula. SunPro ND filter can change upton ND400 t around $70
    Intend to buy a ND filter for outdoor shoots where it is very bright.
    I have never bought a ND filter, is this one good?

    Normally ND filters allow shifting from ND2 to ND400?
    if you can dig out this thread, shows that you did do some searching.

    if you are using variable ND filter for photography, which is not really ideal, other than banding issue, it also has color cast, and degrading image quality slightly.

    but this is not really a big issue when you using it for DSLR video.

    will recommend using fixed stops ND filters for photography if you are more particular about image quality

    hope this help.
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    Thanks all for the advice.
    I have ordered the ND filter online to try. Only 20plus USD..

    Noted fixed ND Filters are better. Which brand is good?
    Am I suppose to expect $200 or more?

    I would like to use low shutter as need to use flash under strong sunlight to backled subjects.
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    Default Re: SunPro brand of filters - anyone tried?

    Quote Originally Posted by Sito82 View Post
    Noted fixed ND Filters are better. Which brand is good?
    Am I suppose to expect $200 or more?
    Have you read the filter guide? Lots pf brands and models are listed there. Also, you could opt for the square filters with holders so that you can use it for GND as well. Yes, reputable and good filters cost some money. So far, Hoya multi coated filters are the lower end of the scale in terms of acceptable quality and price. You can also pay more than $200 if you think you need the quality of B+W, Heliopan and Rodenstock.
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    Default Re: SunPro brand of filters - anyone tried?

    Quote Originally Posted by Octarine View Post
    Have you read the filter guide? Lots pf brands and models are listed there. Also, you could opt for the square filters with holders so that you can use it for GND as well. Yes, reputable and good filters cost some money. So far, Hoya multi coated filters are the lower end of the scale in terms of acceptable quality and price. You can also pay more than $200 if you think you need the quality of B+W, Heliopan and Rodenstock.
    Actually Hoya Multicoated (aka HMC) came out top 3 in an independent test. And it costs around $35.

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    Quote Originally Posted by daredevil123 View Post
    Actually Hoya Multicoated (aka HMC) came out top 3 in an independent test. And it costs around $35.
    Was it really the $35 type? Haven't checked, Hoya had a lot of different models. But what put me off (and others also) was the efforts to clean it. Seems to be their coating, maybe it has been changed now.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Octarine View Post
    Was it really the $35 type? Haven't checked, Hoya had a lot of different models. But what put me off (and others also) was the efforts to clean it. Seems to be their coating, maybe it has been changed now.
    Yup. The 77mm HMC cost $35. The lousy one is the one called Hoya Both Sides coated.

    Hard to clean yes. But that applies to most Multicoated filters. You should try Kenko Zeta, which is almost like Hoya HD. Scratch resistant, easy to clean, and a 77mm protector cost only $59 at TK.
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    I would only use BW, Kenko, Hoya

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