Neutral Density or “ND” filters are wonderful because they provide an extra element of light control, heightening creativity. Because ND filters decrease the amount of light coming through the lens, you can choose slower shutter speeds or larger apertures without overexposing. This is great for shooting landscapes, night scenes and for shooting video footage. Since I have been experimenting more with ND filters, the Cameron MC Fader ND filter is one of my new favourite accessories.
I discovered this filter when I was considering purchasing a new set of ND filters. A friend of mine mentioned that the a Fader ND filter would give me all the creative options that a set of regular ND filters would, however, it takes up much less space in my gear bag and cost me a fraction of the price. For example, the 67-mm Cameron MC Fader ND filter I bought was under $90.
The Fader ND filter has 1-8 stops of light control. By spinning the wheel, you can control how many stops of light you want to “hold back.” The only problem I ran into with this filter, is that there seemed to be a stronger colour cast as I turned the wheel to a higher intensity. To manage this issue, I found that it was best to set the exposure first, then adjust the white balance once satisfied with the exposure.
Although this filter is not the best available in terms of glass quality, it definitely serves its purpose. I found it to be a great learning tool because it allowed me to experiment freely. Another great thing about this particular filter, is that it has a front thread, so it can stay on the lens with a cap for easy storage and transportation. If you would like to find out more information about the Cameron MC Fader ND filter please visit, The Camera Store’s Web site or www.boothphoto.com.