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Update 14th February 2018. We had a DoP (with 10+ staff working for him) in today that works for a series of major Australian TV shows discussing in particular the 82mm Hoya Variable ND Filter. He said that of the Hoya Variable ND range, the the 82mm was the most problematic. He still uses it but said that you have to be aware that you will have dial in a few different ND effects to see which one has the least cross effect. He said that it is annoying but with know-how it can be overcome in post. The balance for him was the ability to vary the ND effect on the fly. This is from a professional. Please be sure to consider this prior to purchasing and be aware that you may be required to do some post production. As of today we do not have any practical experience remedying any undesired effect.

Variable ND (Neutral Density) Filters have been around now for well over a decade. When they originally came out we were super excited. The notion of buying just one ND filter that covers a wide range of FStops is of course brilliant. It is arguable that the image quality is diminished from a Hoya ProND Filter (which covers just one stop down of say ND32 (5 stops) or ND64 (6 stops) so please bear that in mind in your buying decision.

PLEASE NOTE. If you turn the Variable ND filter to the extremities, you can expect to get a cross effect. Back the filter off a bit and live with it as it is.

What is a ND / Neutral Density filter? What is a variable ND filter? Why would you use one? Please explain them to me.

Cameras Direct is an authorised Hoya Australia reseller and as such we offer a massive range of Hoya filters. The ND range which includes the popular Variable ND filter range is no exception.