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NAB 2011 – Schneider Optics True-match vari-nd kit

Somehow I missed this until right near the end of the NAB show. Schneider have decided to bring out their own vari-ND filter solution using their high quality glass. I find vari-ND filters essential for my daily work and am really glad to see a high end solution – albeit at a higher price than existing filters.

Essentially a high quality matched pair of polarisering filters, one circular and one linear, you can vary the amount of neutral density across a claimed ten stop range. Unlike some other variable ND filters Schneider claim theirs will remain sharp on a 200mm lens (on a 5DmkII).

The Schneider Vari-ND solution

The set comprises a 77mm screw in circular polariser and a 4×4 linear polariser which is held in a custom Lee filter holder which allows the filter to rotate.

The filter holder is made by Lee filters

I have bought this kit for my personal use and hope to be doing a test soon.

Video by Seppe Van Grieken.

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Posted on April 15th, 2011 by admin | Category: DSLR video news, Matteboxes and filters |

2 responses to "NAB 2011 – Schneider Optics True-match vari-nd kit"

  1. Ehrin Macksey Says:
    April 15th, 2011 at 1:37 am

    This looks so great! Do you know where they might be selling them in Thailand or Singapore?

    Thanks again for all the great info.

  2. JamWright Says:
    May 5th, 2011 at 4:15 am

    Dan,
    Have you shot anything outdoors with it turned up to 11? It’ll be interesting to see how much IR makes it through the filter to contaminate the blacks (both in live action and timelapse).

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