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Author Topic: Genus 77mm ND Fader Circular Filter: Adequate for a serious amateur?  (Read 2523 times)

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Greetings, Canon specialists. 

Being in the market for an ND filter to mount atop my 70-200 2.8 L Mk II, I dropped into the local mortar and bricks outlet, Henry’s , and asked them for the Teffen filter.  The rep came back with a Genus GL GNDF 77mm and said, ‘This is better’.  Since I have acted on this bloke's advice before,   I paid what he wanted, around CAD220, and came home.  I then went to B&H, Adorama sites and they came back with ‘Discontinued”.  Only another retailer, in Australia, I think, was selling them.  The reviews seemed to be good and I am sure for what for I have in mind, just a few shots of buildings and bridges minus people,  it will give me good results. 

Has any one in CR-land experience with this filter?  I just want to be reassured before mounting it on the lens, even though Henry’s are good about returns/exchanges.  Did I buy a collector’s item since it is now discontinued, a reasonable ND filter or a lemon is my question.

http://www.bhphotovideo.com/c/product/676824-REG/Genus_GL_GNDF_77_77mm_ND_Neutral_Density.html

http://www.adorama.com/GNGNDF77.html?discontinued=t

http://www.amazon.com/Genus-GL-GNDF-77-Circular-Filter/dp/B003NVMI2Q/ref=pd_sxp_f_pt

Thank you for your time.

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I once tried a 250 $ Neutral Density Fader (I can't remember the brand) but beyond 2 stops darkening it produced a visible dark cross that splitted the frame in four. All reviews I read about those kind of filters say the same thing... I'm curious to know if yours works better, but I suspect that's just the way this filters work.

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..asked them for the Teffen filter.  The rep came back with a Genus GL GNDF 77mm and said, ‘This is better’. 


Maybe the sales person meant 'better for me because I have stock that I need to offload'.

Having said that, the Genus isn't bad, the Tiffen is just a little better.

http://www.learningdslrvideo.com/variable-nd-filter-shootout/
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Thank you, neuroanatomist, for the video URL which video was instructional.  Since Tiffin is, it seems,  marginally ahead, and that too in postprod, which is an area that I have nil to zero experience, and a workaround was presented, I think I will unbox the Genus.

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You know, I have some no-name fader that I think is a copy of the LCW one (though not sure) and it works just fine.  Done $150,000 worth of video work through it and never had a client or editor say "hmm, seems your fader ND is not up to snuff." 

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..asked them for the Teffen filter.  The rep came back with a Genus GL GNDF 77mm and said, ‘This is better’. 


Maybe the sales person meant 'better for me because I have stock that I need to offload'.

Having said that, the Genus isn't bad, the Tiffen is just a little better.

http://www.learningdslrvideo.com/variable-nd-filter-shootout/


+1 on Dave video and also IMO, you can go wrong with Bryan Peterson suggestion on Tiffen filter

http://www.adorama.com/alc/0014198/article/MeetThe-Only-Neutral-Density-Filter-Youll-Ever-Need

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