During a sunny day or even not that sunny, when you shoot a video the first thing you want to have in mind is the 180 degree shutter rule.
The shutter speed should be set to double your frame rate. But what happens when you shoot in 24 frames per second and you turn your shutter speed to 1/50 for this cinematic motion blur…
On a different scenario of a sunny day again, you want that spicy, creamy bokeh. The shallower depth of field. You lower your aperture to 1.8 and you get…
There is only one solution. It’s called ND. A neutral density filter. And this is a PRO variable ND filter at a Fair Price. The Variable ND filter from Moment.
When you use neutral-density filters different situations might require a range of different filters. This can become expensive pretty quick. To counter this problem the variable ND filters were born. These work by placing two polarizing filters together, at least one of which can rotate. The rear polarizing filter cuts out light in one plane. As the front element is rotated, it cuts out an increasing amount of the remaining light, the closer the front filters comes to being perpendicular to the rear filter.
By using this technique, you can control the amount of light reaching the sensor, with one filter attached to your lens. And also by using step up rings you can get the highest ND filter size and use step up rings for your other smaller lenses and go for a more budget friendly option.
When it comes to variable ND filters, we have faced two problems so far. The filters were lacking in quality or they were too expensive. Here is where Moment came and hit the sweet spot on affordability, functionality, quality and look.
Moment is a well-known company from their series of lenses for mobile photographers and videographers. So when they stepped up to the ND filters department, I was so interested to see what they created.
By the way if you are not a reading person and you like the videos more here is the video review I made for the filters:
This Variable ND has a Schott B270 Pro Cinema Glass to maintain maximum optical quality and create crisp video and images with no color changes. The rotation of the filter is engineered in a way to have hard stops at both ends of the working range, preventing unwanted cross polarization. When you are behind the viewfinder you can see which stop you are shooting, in different light conditions with the filter’s laser etched graphics.
The filter metal is machined from aerospace grade aluminum for lightweight performance and rugged durability while one very important thing is that you can use your lens caps with the filter attached to your lens. So…no need for any extra accessories to protect your ND and your lens. Simple as that.
There are 2 versions of the filter. One that’s a little bit less dense and one that’s more dense. So basically you have ND4 to ND 32 for a normal day light situation and then ND 64 to ND 512 for a bright sunny day situation. Why there are 2 densities? Because if there was to only be one we would get some ugly cross polarization and from the beginning ND to the end we would get color shift and the quality suffers.
The filters work with both cameras, mobiles or even drones so you can choose which filter suits best for you on their website, which you will find in the description of this video down below. And know this. This cinema quality Variable ND series of filters is under 200 bucks…So it’s a no brainer solution for those looking to get motion blur, shallow depth of field or special photo techniques in day time by using a variable ND.