The Best Variable ND Filter | Your Secret To Gorgeous Footage

Slash time spent in post-production and save on costly devices; an ND filter holds the key to unlocking unparalleled creative control.

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Built like a tank yet shines win affordability — Moment’s Variable ND Filter is the secret sauce to ultimate image control. Made with premium Schott B270 Pro Cinema Glass, these filters are crisp edge to edge without color fringing or cross-polarization.

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To Know:

Having experimented with numerous Variable ND filters, we discovered they were either too costly or the quality fell short. None managed to strike the perfect balance between affordability, functionality, and quality—so we crafted our own. The filter rings are precision-engineered from aerospace-grade metal, ensuring the robustness we demand during shoots. Our Variable ND Filters boast a distinctive flared geometry, unparalleled in the market, which enables you to view your ND number from behind the viewfinder. This grants rapid, accurate control over your shots in challenging lighting conditions without requiring you to step away from the camera. Designed for on-the-go shooting, the filters also incorporate hard stops at both ends of the spectrum to avert undesired cross-polarization, achieving the purest image.

What We Love:

Premium Glass

We chose Schott B270 Pro Cinema Glass to maintain maximum optical quality and create crisp images.

A New Level of Control

Our unique geometry and laser-etched graphics allow you to see which stop you’re shooting from behind the viewfinder. This allows for faster control and easy starting points for your shots in different lighting conditions.

Zero Cross Polarization

We specifically engineered the rotation of the filter to have hard stops at both ends of the working range, preventing unwanted cross-polarization.

The Details:

Brand: Moment

Product Type: Variable Neutral Density Filter

Best For: Photographers and filmmakers in harsh lighting conditions want to control their exposure and add cinematic butter to their film reels.

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Variable ND Filters - 67mm / 2-5

Moment

We’ve shot with a lot of Variable ND filters. They were either too expensive or the quality wasn’t there. None of them hit the sweet spot on affordability, functionality, and quality… so we made our o...

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Like sunglasses for your phone, our VND is an exceptional tool for ultimate image control.

The Moment variable ND filters were initially released in 67mm, 77mm and 82mm diameters. Now, they're available in more sizes including 58mm, 62mm, and 72mm.

This VND filter features a ring incorporating a superior glass element (the Schott B270 Pro Cinema Glass). Naturally, the filter's surface is adorned with a red anodized inner ring and a dazzling magenta-red iridescent coating for added flair. While not directly impacting the filter's performance, we take pride in our minimalist packaging: a sophisticated black-on-black metal filter case with threaded closures between the sections. This minimalist approach not only makes our packaging more eco-friendly than competitors, but it also helps reduce the filter's cost. However, the case may become somewhat fragile over time and prove less practical in the field—particularly when attempting to grip the sections and twist them apart in cold, wet conditions. That being said, this concern pertains to the case itself, not the filter's quality.

Mounting the filter on the camera is a breeze. The outer ring is angled back towards the camera, rendering the indicator markings printed on it visible from behind the camera.

Field-testing the filter yields exceptional results at a fraction of the cost compared to other VNDs in the market. The filter exhibits a noticeable color cast, veering considerably towards the warm side. While color casts are often considered suboptimal, they usually pose minor issues in most scenarios. We take pride in the fact that our filter does NOT exhibit the dreaded X-pattern interference commonly associated with some VND filters, nor does it produce any conventional vignetting. Cross-polarization is remarkably crisp and does not disrupt the camera's already impressive resolution patterns.

The filter enables you to capture natural motion blur by maintaining a shutter speed double your frame rate. For instance, when shooting at 30fps, it can be challenging to keep your shutter speed at approximately 1/60th, particularly in bright conditions. Simply attach the VND and rotate it to regulate the amount of light being blocked. In most cases, our 2-5 stop VND will suffice for video.

  • Available in both 2-5 stop (ND4 - ND32) and 6-9 stop (ND64- ND512) ranges
  • Advanced optical coatings for cinematic color and rugged durability
  • Precision tuned to never cross polarize
  • Hard stops on both ends of the stop range for more precise control
  • Works with any standard center-pinch lens cap (like the one you already have for your camera lens)
  • Works with the M-Series Lens - 62mm Filter Mount
  • Works with step-up/step-down rings, like this 62mm-67mm one here
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In Detail:

As a fellow camera creator, I can't stress enough the importance of Variable ND filters for capturing those perfect shots. These filters are crafted with superior glass and state-of-the-art optical coatings, ensuring your cinematic footage remains crisp and stunning. Meticulously designed for use with high-end camera lenses, their laser-etched, machined aluminum housings make it a breeze to view and control your ND range.

I appreciate the built-in stops that prevent unwanted cross-polarization, ensuring the finest possible image quality and allowing for accurate adjustments. These subtle details and nuances make Variable ND filters a must-have for passionate camera creators.

What It Has:

  • Laser etched markings allow you to see your stop from behind the viewfinder
  • Body machined from aerospace grade metal to withstand use, drops, and adventure
  • Knurled grip texture for more control and easy removal from lenses
  • Conical geometry acts as a micro lens hood, cutting unwanted glare and reflections
  • Includes a foam lined, metal carrying tin for protection on the go and a microfiber cleaning cloth

What It Does:

  • Make your footage look more cinematic
  • Applies full manual control over exposure
  • Built-in stops prevent any unwanted cross polarization
  • Ensure crispness edge-to-edge, without vignetting

Specs:

  • Outer Diameter:
    67mm — 81.16mm
    77mm — 91.16mm
    82mm — 96.16mm
  • Depth:
    67mm — 9.05mm
    77mm — 9.05mm
    82mm — 9.05mm
  • Weight:
    67mm — 39.7g
    77mm — 47.9g
    82mm — 51.8g
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