Solas Variable Neutral Density
- Density Range is 1.3 - 8.7 Stops
- No Color-shifting throughout the density range
- Patented De-polarization layer maintains color consistency
- 20 Layers of HMC multi-coating technology
- Perfect tool for filmmakers and photographers
- Accepts Original Lens Caps
The downside to most Variable ND (Fader) filters is unpredictable “Color Shift”, loss of sharpness, and glare. These deficiencies are caused by low quality glass, bad multi-coating technology, cheap polarizing films, and poor manufacturing QC. The result is an inexpensive but image degrading product.
Results are straight from the camera. Each filter was tested multiple times ensure focus was accurate and results were fair. Sharpness loss is a result of shooting through 4 layers of glass and 2 polarizing films. Results are a reflection of the quality of materials and multi-coating technology used.
The Hoya SOLAS Variable NDX filter solves these problems by using only the latest technology, premium materials, the best Japanese manufacturing know-how, and attacking “color shift” with an exclusive “Depolarization” layer baked into the optical formula. The result: a filter that maintains consistent color from 1.3-stops to 8.7-stops. Filmmakers can now tweak density as the light changes without fear of a color grading nightmare in post. Photographers can focus, compose, and set WB at 1.3-stops then adjust density as much as 8.7 stops without having to change filters.
All filters set to 8-stops. Adjusted for exposure only. Color was not touched in post processing. Color is straight from camera.
And YES, you can use your original lens cap and most manufacturers’ lens hoods. The lightweight aluminum filter frame sports front filter threads so you can attach lens caps but more importantly additional filters when additional density or other special effects are needed.
The filter is only available in 77mm and 82mm because they allow for the greatest amount of precise density control. The “throw” or rotation is greater than smaller filters so it is much easier to achieve an exact density. The filter will also work perfectly on lenses with smaller filter threads by using an inexpensive Step-up ring (sold separately).
Filter Factor: ND 2.5 - ND450 (1.3 - 8.7 stops) Glass Type: Hoya Optical Light Transmission Variable based on density Layers of Multi-Coatings: 20 Layers / 10 per side Hardened Top Layer: No Anti-Static: No Black Rimmed Glass: Yes Frame Construction: Standard Profile / Aluminum Front Filter Threads: Yes