By site editor Dan Chung:
Wandering around the camera market in Beijing last week I was surprised to see that Hoya has finally come out with a variable neutral density filter range. They are the world’s largest optical glass manufacturer and their filters are generally regarded to be of very good quality at a reasonable price. The build quality seemed very nice and I hope to get one to test at some point in the future.
The Hoya variable density filters are available in sizes from 52mm up to 82mm and the filter claims to offer 1.5 to 9 stops of filtration.
Street prices are competitive and start around $110 US for the 52mm, with the popular 77mm size being around $200 US.
I haven’t had a chance to properly test this filter but it would be interesting to see how it compares to the popular Lightcraft Workshop, Genus, Tiffen, Heliopan and Schneider offerings.