Long Exposure Photography with an Inexpensive Magnetic Neutral Density Filter | Is this any good?

a magnetic neutral density filter in
this video we are going to discover if this filter system is any good welcome
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receive something that I think it could be interesting for you guys I feel I
need to make a video about it because these kind of videos are not sponsored
by the company or the brand that is sending me the gear I thought I could
call this series is this any good and for the first episode of is this any
good I’m going to review this new magnetic quick swap system by free will
and I’m going to compare it with Haider six-top and D and leaf filter six stops
Andy the little stopper as I did in the past first of all I will review the
quality I will review my first thoughts on how the system works and how easy is
to use and set the filter over the lens I will then go out and take the same
shot with the three different filters I will come back here put everything in
Lightroom and compare the results let’s see what is inside this box and how
these filter system works in this little pouch we receive little lens cloth
filter cloth a lifetime warranty and a filter guide then we do have the filter
and the filter is composed of two elements a UV filter that you will screw
on your lens and the magnetic filter that will clip over so basically you
will get two filters not only because every single filter will have its own
lens cap which is also magnetic so far so good all the filters are made of a
multi coated the optical glass which is a scratch proof waterproof dustproof an
oil proof I told you free will didn’t sponsor this video but they did
something very very cool for me which is they wrote my name on every single
filter my name is engraved right here at the bottom I think this is really cool I
never had a personalized neutral density filter the six tops and the filter that
I received the has a 16 millimeters filter thread so I will not be able to
use it on my 20 millimeter lens because this is a 77 millimeter thread but I can
use instead on my 70 to 200 millimeter lens which also has
67 millimeter thread so I will just screw the UV filter and the Magnetic ND
filter together and then I just detach the ND filter so the UV filter part can
stay attached to your lens at all time this so before I can use this filter
also on my 50 millimeter lens which has a 58 millimeter thread so in this case I
will need to use a step-up ring this will bring the 58 millimeter to a 67 at
this point again I will last run the UV filter ND ND and then I can just detach
the end apart now I will just need to take a photo with the three different
filters come back bring in the images in Lightroom and compare it is not the same day from the studio
I’m not in California I am in Idol and from here I will take my three shots
starting with the new filter the free will magnetic six stops I will screw the
UV filter and then I can snap out the ND part at f/8 I have 1 over 20 the water
is a barely moving I will snap on my magnetic and the filter and my shutter
speed right now is 2.5 seconds 2.5 f8 iso 64 which shot cool
so let me unscrew the free wall and quickly change system we will go with
the leaf filter right now I will need to use a lens adapter of a 67
here we go I grab the lens adapter and of course I will grab the leaf filter
little stopper six stops we’ll put it on f8 ISO 64 2.5 seconds here we go
change system again go with the hider now of course I will need to change lens
adapter and use a Haida lens adapter the 67 haidle instructor which
I am right here I’m trying to be quick because I don’t want the light
conditions to change here we go I will grab my hide a filter holder and of
course the six stops it’s the tenth six stops here we go put it in clearly I
would be using the same settings cool so let’s see the three results this is the
first one taken with the free will second shot taking with Li filter third
shot taken with the hider but of course to understand a little better the
results that we got from these three shots I will take these three images to
light I am back from idle I am back in my studio and I’m also back in my is low
your shutter speed T I did import the three images in Lightroom let’s have a
look first of all have a look at this side-by-side comparison these are the
three RAW files as you can see on the Left we have the freewill on the right
we have the Haida and right in the middle we have the leaf filter image you
can clearly see that the high the filter image is the brightest while the leaf
filters is possibly the darkest of the tree the free will stands right in the
middle this difference will be even more evident if we look at the histogram of
the three shots and that’s what we are going to do right now and here we are in
Lightroom have a look at histogram of the 1st image the image
taken with a free-will filter you can see that although we are not clipping
there is a spike on the brighter side of the image and if we move now to the leaf
filter shot you can see that that spike on the histogram is not there anymore
but the entire history or the mass of the histogram is moved to the left so
towards the darker part of the imager right here and now we are on the 3rd
shot this is the shot taken with the hyda you can see that this the bright
spike is even more pronounced and the histogram altogether moved towards the
brighter side a little more compared to the leaf filter image so comparing these
3 different filters it’s interesting to notice how the intensity of the density
of the 3 filters is different the second factor that I like to pay attention at
is if there is any color cast so let’s go back to the side-by-side comparison
and here it is very easy to notice that the image in the middle has a slightly
blue color cast we did notice these even more when I compared the 10 stops from
Lees filters to the 10 stops from HIDA I think that in the 6 stops the blue color
cast of the leaf filter is a less dominant less important but I can see
that is still there and now the last part of this result comparison is a
side-by-side comparison of the final edited image I made the same exact
adjustments to the tree image the same exact color correction with one
difference one difference only related to the image in the middle the leaf
filters I had to change the color temperature the white balance
of the image in order to make it look like the other two as a matter of fact
let’s go into litem and see how much of a change in color temperature higher to
apply in order to have comparable images so here in Lightroom you will see on
this first image the one taken with the free wall I already applied different
adjustments in the basic panel but I left the white-balance as shot
interesting difference is that the color temperature is a 6100 the end the tint
is +4 remember these numbers if I apply auto white balance
I will go to seven thousand three hundred and +6 let’s go to the leaf
filter system image same adjustments I didn’t touch the white balance yet have
a look the starting point here is eight thousand five hundred and plus fifteen
if I apply an auto white balance I will go a 7500 and plus seventeen but as you
can notice this image at this core temperature is far more blue than the
previous shot so I had to move the temperature manually to ten thousand
five hundred and I decrease the tint a little bit in order to have an image
that now is comparable in terms of color temperature in terms of white balance to
the previous shot let’s go and have a look to the third shot the one taken
with the Haida you can see that the untouched white balance gives me a
temperature of 5050 and a tint of minus four if I go into Auto I will go to 7200
and the tint moved to zero I will increase the tint a little bit and this
is my final shot so looking at the side-by-side comparison of the three
shots I would say that the shot taken with the free wealth filter stands right
in between the leafeaters and the hider both in
terms of color cast and in neutral density intensity I didn’t notice any
difference in sharpness between the three filters so I think the freewill is
using actually a good glass to make their filters but when it comes to
prices there is a difference the free will filter cost $99 the live filters
cost 129 and the hyda filter that I used cost 152 dollars of course in order to
be able to use the new filters and the high that you will need also lens
adapter and a filter holder while the free will can be just applied to your
lens you could buy a 77 or an 82 filter and then with some step-up rings for
your lenses you could adjust the same filter to the different lenses that you
have so to answer my question is this filter any good my answer is yes I think
it’s good am I going to switch to free will I don’t think so and the main
reason is that I love to use a graduated initial density filter as a matter of
fact even in this shot I used liked to be able to add a GND and darken the sky
a little bit of course we can do this in post but most of times I prefer to do as
much as possible on the field while I’m shooting this filter could be a very
good option for someone that wants to start along this positive photography
and they don’t want to invest too much or they want to keep their gear at the
minimum so they don’t want to deal with the lens adapter and filter holders I
hope that you enjoyed this video and I hope if you didn’t start yet that you
will get a try to long exposure photography with $99 you can get a six
tops or a ten stops neutral density filter and you’re ready
go thanks for watching and I will see you in the next video

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58 thoughts on “Long Exposure Photography with an Inexpensive Magnetic Neutral Density Filter | Is this any good?

  1. Just paused the video to write this
    I love how beautiful the Nikon looks in your hand 😁 makes me proud that I love Nikon 💪

  2. Excellent video. I agree with your conclusions. I have the Lee Filter system. But you make an important point at the end of this video. With the FreeWell system you can carry less gear if you are only doing long exposures on the day. But I always want the option when I'm out to use a graduated filter and a polarizing filter. So I'm not gonna change.

  3. Another good video Attilio, hopefully NiSi might provide you with some of their filters to trial. I'd love to hear how you'd get on with them and your assessment of their quality (or otherwise).

  4. Love this video!I think these filters might just do the work when someone is travelling with companies and wanna do some long explosure photos at the same time …in very quick ways. Easy and safe to move around without much complaints from his companies.

  5. Is it true that Freewell actually DO also provide grad filters? Plus … I believe that it’s also possible to purchase “empty frames” which existing (other manufacturers’) filters can be inserted into, and stacked. Or have I got this wrong? 🤔

  6. I agree. The deal breaker is the inability to use a graduated filter and be able to adjust, in the filter holder, where the graduation falls. I’m glad the quality is there!

  7. Ottimo video Attilio, molto interessante la comparazione tra questi sistemi di filtro. Il Freewell oltre ad avere un buon prezzo ed un'ottima resa, il sistema magnetico è veramente pratico quando si desidera "viaggiare leggeri" con una sola lente. Haida e Lee sono più versatili ma richiedono un po più di lavoro.Grazie per condividere le tue esperienze.

  8. One advantage the square systems have over screw-in systems: being able to couple them with additional filters, especially a polarizer. I would think that the Freewell filter stacked with a screw-in polarizer filter could introduce unacceptable vignetting. A square system allows an ND (maybe even two!), a grad ND, and a polarizer all at once. OTOH the Freewell and other circular ND filters are probably great for video.

  9. Thank you so much to finally doing this video which I been looking for you to do. I can't afford Lee filters 😥

  10. Since the Freewell system is magnetic I don't see why they couldn't produce graduated nd's as well. Of course you wouldn't be able to adjust them up and down but with a little ingenuity I think that could be worked out.

  11. Excellent video Attilio. Looks like a good options for anyone who travels light and doesn't mind a bit of grad work in post.

  12. Nice comparison video Attillo. It's too bad you couldn't try this filter on your 20mm. I have tried some of the manfrotto magnetic filter adapter system and it seems unless your stepping up there is the possibility of vignetting in the corners. Of course sometimes this can be cropped out, but other times maybe not.

  13. Like the idea of an "Is this any good" series Attilio. Also have to say I love your sense of humor even though you try to be so serious 🙂

  14. Thank you for the video. I'm also using Haida filter system (Haida Optical Series 100 Starter Set II). I'm wondering if the value engraved on the Haida filters I have is real. Could you make a video to reveal how to find the ND real value? PhotoPills app let us to chose this value more precisely (like 6 stops and 2/3) probably in order to obtain the exposure more precisely. Thank you in advance.

  15. Circular ND 1.8 and 3.0, all threaded. What's the problem, whenever I shoot and there's sunshine or lighting, even looking for position alternatives, flair and glare, are two things I can't eliminate. So the polarizer is too much flair glare. They are not exactly cheap filters and thought to get good results. If I take off the polarizer or ND, this flair and glare situation disappears. Am I doing something bad, or do square filters, like the system that uses Haida 10 a lot, behave better for landscape photography?
    Thanks for your attention and long future and best wishes to both the channel and you.
    Note: My olympus om 1 mkii machine

  16. Attillio has given us another informative video that helps explore the objective of engaging in long exposure photograph . And he helps us to see the variations in thee different filter systems. Finally,he informs us regarding the differentials in cost. This educates us regarding the systems and let’s us to decide which program works she best for our individual photography needs and style. Thank you again for your tutorial today Attillio,

  17. The BIG advantage for me, a newcomer to ND filters, is the ease in using the Freewell filter; take a normal shot, simply attach the magnetic filter while the shutter speed is in your head and shoot. The other two systems require more fiddly setups. Thank you for your review and I'm enjoying your vlogs.
    Mike in Oz

  18. You are a great part of my photography education. Thanks for the video:) I noticed the white SUV patrolling the background. Look after yourself when you’re out there, Atti. Always take someone large and ugly with you. That’s what my wife says, anyway.

  19. I wonder if the magnetic system would benefit a portrait photographer that needed to knock down some ambient when using off camera flash. Sounds like a quick enough system.

  20. Hey Attilio,

    Thanks for showing this detailed video.
    Ofcourse we need you to switch to Freewell filters as we are all about connivence so we will me making gradient filters they are already on the way to be added soon along with other lower stops.

    As well as we will be adding range of step up rings which will be magnetic as well as thread system.

    Also we will be offering a ring without UV as an option.

    Thanks again

  21. Great review, and considering I’m on the market for an ND filter system this has great timing! On a side note what tripod were you using in this video?

  22. Nice video. I didn’t know freewell nd filter, looks good , this week I have bought a Hoya Pro ND 1000 before knowing freewell.

  23. Great comparison of the 3 filters, I'm really happy with my Haida filters, so will continue with those at the moment. Good to know there are others on the market at a more competitive price and made of good glass. Will keep the info, thanks for sharing.

  24. What is the use of being obliged to use an UV filter and then on top of it the ND density. The less glass one puts in front of the lens, the better. By the way, can you add, let's say, a polarizer? Other than that I like the simplicity and the price.

  25. Very good vidéo, honest as always with you, and pleasant to watch. Will be in California beginning of september, it will be a pleasure to say hello to you. To meet you to say thank you would be nice

  26. Very interesting. If I were to start with long exposure, I would probably go for the Freewill-gear. Not just for the lower price, but for it's ease in use. Thanks for your review on this.

  27. Thanks again for posting the content that you do!

    Just as an aside, the monitor on the right side of the screen in your studio – it's screen saver scrolls through several images as you are speaking. This is somewhat distracting and when you splice your video, it makes it even more noticeable that you've spliced. What other things could you do with that monitor?

  28. Very good video again Attilio. I´m not very queen on UV filters, maybe I´d like only the ring and the ND. I have also a question… Is there any way to add any graduated filter ? Thanks for your work

  29. Interesting option, if you are only an occasional long exposure photographer it might be a ideal and compact sytem.

  30. Hi Attilio! Thanks for the review. Would you recommend getting the polarized ND filters or get the polarizer seperately for long exposure photography on general?

  31. Hi Attilio,
    I saw you have nd filters for your drone, is the camera on the drone good enough to take long exposures and could get it to hover stable enough to take a picture, because some of you drone footage is exceptional too. Thanks Tim

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