By Dan Chung
Right in time for the launch of the Nikon D4 and Canon EOS-1DX comes an elegant front filter solution from Fotodiox that allows the use of screw in neutral density filters on the popular 14-24mm f2.8 Nikkor lens. The lens is very sharp and has been very popular with both Nikon and Canon shooters (who use a G lens adapter) looking for a fast ultrawide zoom. There are few full frame alternatives and none at f2.8.
For video DSLR use there has always been the issue of how to fit a ND filter. Up till now there hasn’t been any simple screw in solution for an ultra-wide zoom lens on full frame cameras. The only option was to add ND to the Nikkor 14-24mm was to put gels on the back of the lens, or buy a custom Lee filter square filter holder.
The Fotodiox solution consists of a metal adapter ring that attaches to the lens that has a huge145mm filter thread on the front and a custom lens cap. ND filters in this size would usually be quite expensive but Fotodiox offers their own moderately priced ND4 and ND8 filters along with a circular polariser. Hopefully they will bring stronger ND filters as well soon. The price for a kit with the adapter, cap, ND4 and ND8 is $299.95.
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