As our regular readers will probably know, we are big fans of lens filters and try our best to get an article our covering each of the major filters on the market. We know that it has been a while since we have published an article based around lens filters so we have decided to publish our ultimate Zomei fader ND review.
We hope that our article will help any of our readers looking to add a Zomei fader ND filter to their collection of camera accessories as it is a solid bit of kit with a pretty low price tag. In addition to this, the range has managed to earn itself a solid reputation within the community amongst the ND fader filters on the market too.
The filter offers some great performance for its price point while also coming with a solid build quality too. It makes the ideal variable ND filter to allow you to control the exposure of your image and control the light that gets to your camera sensor. This lets you capture some great photographs that blend time and movement that would be impossible to capture without using an ND filter.
User Interface And Control System
Being a simple lens filter, there really is not much in the way of a user interface for the filter. The basics are the same as a standard static lens filter and you simply mount it to your lens of choice are required. The Zomei ND fader is available in the following thread sizes so there are a large number of lenses that it will natively mount to:-
Once mounted to your lens of choice, you then adjust the performance of the neutral-density effect of the filter by rotating the control ring allowing you to set it from Two to Eight stops. All in all, the control system is very simple and we are confident that the system will be easy to pick up without having any issues even if this is your very first lens filter.
Performance And Functionality
In this section of the article, we will have a number of example photographs that have been captured using ND filters to offer some examples of what you are able to capture when mounting the Zomei ND fader to your lens of choice during your photography sessions. We are massive fans of photographs that have water features in them, especially when a neutral-density filter has been used to create the silky smooth water effect as seen in these photographs.
As you would expect, the Zomei ND fader allows you to use a slower shutter speed on your camera be it digital or film-based. This lets you capture the motion blur of things like waterfalls, clouds, streams, or any other fast-moving subject in your frame. The variable settings on the Zomei ND fader allow you to tweak the performance of the filter to meet your specific situation ensuring the best possible performance no matter what you need from your ND filter.
We love the photograph above as the use of an ND filter has been able to capture the power of the rough sea and the waves lashing in to the beach while the sea stack offers a nice static object to help keep everything in perspective.
We decided to share the photograph below as it is kind of an opposite of the photograph above and rather than capturing the rage of the ocean, it captures the tranquility of a little stream with a few small waterfalls.
We like the contrast of the two photographs above as they both show decent use of an ND filter to tweak the effect of their photograph in contrast to each other. As we mentioned, you are able to tweak the performance of the Zomei ND fader to ensure that it performs optimally for you in any situation that you need meaning the possibilities of what you can capture with the filter is only limited by your imagination.
Build Quality And Design
As we touched on earlier, the build quality of the Zomei ND fader really is great considering its low price tag. Zomei has taken a few steps to try and ensure that the lens will go that extra mile for you and stand out amongst the competing lens filters at this price point as the clear choice.
For example, Zomei has treated the filter element with their double anti-reflective coating technology to help improve its performance while reducing the potential of glare. In addition to this, they have also customized the forward filter element to help avoid any potential vignetting when using the filter with a wide-angle lens.
The Zomei ND fader has a tiny 7mm ultra-thin frame so it takes up barely any space in your photography kit bag when not in use. Its lightweight also means that it won’t be taking up much of your potential luggage allowance while still being a robust little lens filter.
Question – Can the Zomei ND fader be used for eclipse photography?
Answer – No, you need a specialist solar filter (Click here to check for product prices and availability) for capturing direct photographs involving the sun.
Question – Does the Zomei ND fader have front threads to mount a lens cap?
Answer – Yes, you are able to mount this filter to your lens and then mount your lens cap to the filter.
Question – Will the Zomei ND fader mount to my lens?
Answer – This depends on the lens, check the thread filter size of your lens and then ensure that it matches up to the supported thread sizes below and purchase the correct size Zomei ND fader.
Third Party Reports
That concludes our Zomei fader ND review and we hope that you have found it helpful. We know that the article is a little short compared to usual as there really is not much to say about a simple neutral-density filter but the Zomei ND fader is a solid bit of kit that can help to improve your image quality. In our opinion, it is a solid camera accessory and will make a great addition to your photography kit without you having to spend much cash.
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naql – Sunrise – https://flic.kr/p/GVzZbY
Sergio Tudela Romero – Two columns – https://flic.kr/p/6gSbur
M’s photography – An autumn scene in Tokyo – https://flic.kr/p/hcHBqD