Welcome to our Neewer ND filter review article! As you will probably know if you are one of our regular readers, we are slowly trying to work our way through all types of major lens filter on the market right now to try and help our readers as much as possible when it comes to picking up new filters for their camera lenses.
Before going any further, we just want to clarify that this article is actually about the Neewer ND lens filter range, not the DJI Mavic Pro drone filters, if you want to read reviews about the Neewer Mavic Pro drone filters then you can click here to read some third-party, independent reviews.
The build quality of the Neewer ND lens filter range is solid and their ultra slim design and lightweight materials make it very easy to store them in your photography kit bag when not in use. The frame of the filters is around 10mm offering an ultra-thin profile and they come in at just under a gram making them one of the lightest lens filters on the market right now.
The metal threads on the filter frame offer smooth mounting and unmounting allowing you to quickly get your filter on or off your lens as required. As they are made out of solid case metal, they also stand the test of time very well and will not cross thread or risk and thread damage to your lens.
The adjustable functionality has been implemented very well ensuring a smooth rotation throughout the full one to eight stop range as shown in the photograph above. The rotation motion is smooth and very easy allowing you to adjust the performance of your filter as you see fit with only one hand allowing you to support the weight of your camera and lens with the other.
As you probably know, this allows you to use a number of different slow shutter speeds for your photography in relation to the stop measure you are using on your filter by reducing the amount of light reaching your camera’s sensor. Just keep in mind, the wider the aperture that you use, the more you are decreasing your depth of field for your photograph.
Neewer have done a great job of embedding their UV filter functionality into their neutral density filters too ensuring that when mounted to your lens of choice they offer some great protection. This can provide you with some peace of mind when using your ND filter on your lens as it can also act as a sacrificial material to protect your front lens element and prevent accidents as shown in the image below.
The photograph above shows six of the eight steps available when using the Neewer ND filters to help improve your digital photography. As you can see, working you way up the steps the filter provides can drastically change the outcome of your photograph as well as allow you to capture photographs in a number of different conditions without issue or to get a unique look to your image.
The photograph above shows the type of photograph you are able to capture by using the Neewer ND filter set to capture a water feature over an extended period of time by toying with you exposure times. You are able to easily capture some excellent silky smooth water to ensure your photographs of some commonly photographed water features will stand out on social media sites like Instagram.
One of the main drawbacks of the Neewer variable ND range is that it is only available in a very limited number of thread common thread sizes. At this stage in the products life cycle, we doubt any new thread sizes will be released but you are able to pick up the following sizes:-
If you want an excellent ND filter that comes in a large number of thread sizes including some very rare and obscure ones then we would highly recommend that you check out the Gobe ND Filter range (Click here to check for product prices and availability).
That concludes our Neewer ND filter review and we hope that we have helped you make your decision. All in all, Neewer have made a solid lens filter that will stand the test of time and perform well for you. Considering what you are getting, their price tag is not bad but due to modern production methods, we would seriously advise you to take a look at the Gobe ND filter range linked above as they tend to be a better all-around filter with a lower price tag.
That said, adding a Neewer variable neutral density filter to your filter kit and camera accessories will help increase your capabilities as a photographer and allow you to capture some unique photographs by taking advantage of both time and motion in the same image that would otherwise be unavailable to you.
The video below offers an additional third-party, independent review for the Neewer ND filter range to offer our readers an independent opinion of the product.