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Neewer 4 Piece PL/ND Filter Set

Discussion in 'Pro/Adv Discussion' started by AerialZ, May 25, 2016.

  1. AerialZ

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    I've been shooting about a month with the: Neewer 4 piece PL/ND set
    I'm very happy with these combination ND/PL Filters so far. I was skeptical purchasing the kit as the price is much more affordable for a 4-Piece set than the other 'big name' ND Filter manufacturers. I've had some experience with Neewer products and found them to be high quality for the price.
    Plan to experiment with the Polarizing dials to see what fits your taste for the conditions.
    When shooting in bright sunlight we're likely to see shutter speeds of maybe 800-1200 (or even higher!) This is WAY too high for nice looking video capture and results in 'choppy' footage (like a series of crisp, single still images strung together) lacking an important, natural motion blur.
    This is also something that you will want to experiment with to find what suits you best, but I will share my choices from my use and experience:
    ND-4 - (about 2 stops) best for early sunrise/late sunset or full cloud cover conditions where sunlight is indirect
    ND-8 - (about 3 stops) best for partly cloudy conditions or bright hazy overcast
    ND-16 - (about 4 stops) best for bright, full sun conditions
    ND-32 - (about 5 stops) best for very bright, full sun conditions with high glare (water, snow)
    I color correct or grade every photo/video that I shoot. This is where the ND filters shine if you have your P3 camera settings dialed-in.
    I've attached three still photo's I've recently shot in different lighting conditions as examples (all using these filters.) There are some that say you cannot shoot good still photo's when using ND filters on the P3 camera. I will let you be the judge. RhinelanderSunset.jpg HouseRear004.jpg MequonSkyScapeMay.jpg
     
  2. msinger

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    I tested a bunch of ND filters in this thread and found the video/photo quality between them is pretty close. There are some other things to consider though -- like the weight of the filter, size, shape, ease of attaching/detaching, and types of filters available by each manufacturer. If you're only concerned about the video/photo quality though, then you can pretty much go with any filter on the market.
     
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    I have to say they're great photos you have there, well done.
    But at £75 in the UK ($110) I think I probably get very similar performance from the set of filters that collegegeezer produces at Cheap Drone Lens Filters at $20 (£14) but each to their own...
     
  4. AerialZ

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    Thank you Numone. I was just commenting on the statements I've heard that you cannot capture decent still pictures with ND filters on the P3 camera. And I agree with Msinger above: nearly any ND filter will get the job done. It's a matter of preference, features, and your price point. The Neewer kit also has adjustable polarizers built-in, which is something else that I wanted. $50 for the only 4 ND filters I will need made my decision for me.
     
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  5. movius

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    Your photos are great AerialZ, these filters look the biz. However as mentioned by Numone, we here in the UK are the whipping boys of world trade £75 ($110) here versus $60 in the US - not fair or funny. I'd buy these in a heartbeat if the price was comparable. This being said, it's clear that in the right hands, PL / ND filters are a solid way of improving raw footage.

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  6. Sky Pirate

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    So after 8 months of summer (ish photography) I'm most interested to see how ArialZ has got on with his filters (and anyone else).

    I'm having some of these as a Christmas gift for my P4, they fit fine and I can also say the price in the UK has come down a lot from what has been stated above (now under £50).

    Any comments would be much appreciated.