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SANDMARC Motion Pro Variable ND Filter Launched

April 12th, 2021 Jump to Comment Section
SANDMARC Motion Pro Variable ND Filter Launched

SANDMARC, the American company specializing in GoPro/smartphone movie accessories, has just released its first product for DSLR/mirrorless/cinema cameras: the SANDMARC Motion Pro variable ND filter. With an ND range that goes from ND8 to ND64 (3-6 stops), the company claims that this is the only vignette-free filter with such range on the market. Let’s take a closer look at it!

When it comes to lenses and filters, SANDMARC is not a newcomer. Indeed, the company has been manufacturing accessories for GoPro and smartphones for years, including iPhone 12 lenses/filters. Also, SANDMARC already had a motion variable ND filter for the iPhone.

For filmmakers that use cameras with no built-in ND filters, a variable ND filter is a must-have in your toolkit. Let me sum up quickly (and by taking shortcuts) what a variable ND filter does. In short, a VND filter allows you to quickly and precisely cut the amount of light hitting your sensor. It works like a regular ND filter, but if you turn the filter, you can adjust the ND strength. That way, you can keep your shutter angle at the correct setting while maintaining a shallow depth of field by shooting at a wide aperture.

Pushing things a step further, SANDMARC has just introduced its first filter for more “traditional” DSLR/mirrorless/cinema cameras: the SANDMARC Motion Pro variable ND filter.

SANDMARC Motion Pro variable ND filter – Features

The SANDMARC Motion Pro variable ND filter is 7.2mm thick, so it’s a pretty thin filter with a frame made of aluminum. It is available in various diameters, including 58/67/77/82mm. As always, we recommend you choose a 77/82mm filter and use step-up/step-down rings on your lenses. That way, you don’t have to buy various sizes for each filter, and you speed up your workflow.

Image credit: SANDMARC

The aluminum frame is laser etched with precise markings that indicate “Stops of light” for easy adjustment. You can adjust the SANDMARC Motion Pro variable ND filter from 3 to 6 stops (ND8 to ND64). There are hard stops, so you avoid the commonly known cross vignette (X bar) that can happen on other VND filters if you over-turn the front ring.

According to SANDMARC, the Motion Pro variable ND filter is “engineered from a cinema glass yielding true to life colors.” Also, they claim that this is the only vignette-free filter on the market with such a range. We’re curious to see if the filter truly holds its promises with minimal color-shift when adjusting.

Image credit: SANDMARC

Price and availability

The SANDMARC Motion Pro VND is available for pre-order now, and it should start shipping on April 20th. The filter comes with a filter pouch and a lifetime warranty. Prices range from $129.99 for the 58mm version and go up to $159.99 for the 82mm version.

In terms of direct comparison, the Moment VND filters are around $10 more expensive (range: 2-5 stops), while the PolarPro Peter McKinnon VND’s are $249 (range: 2-5 stops).

For more information, please visit SANDMARC’s website here.

What do you think about this VND filter? Do you often use VND filters? What is your go-to filter brand? Don’t hesitate to let us know in the comments below!

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