Gobe NDX 49mm Variable ND Lens Filter (1Peak)
- VERSATILE | Rotating ring between ND2 and ND400 giving great versatility in changing light. Reduces light intake from 1 to 8.66 f-stops without affecting colour balance. Great for landscape photography and videography.
- GOBE 1PEAK | Premium Japanese optical glass with 8-layer nano-coating provides neutral colour balance, reduces lens flare, and removes ghosting. Backed by our lifetime warranty.
- CONTROL UNPREDICTABLE LIGHT | Variable light reduction eliminates washed-out images and allows long exposure and motion blur techniques in variable light – use slow shutter speeds and wide-open apertures without overexposing your images.
- CONSIDERATIONS | This Variable ND filter is not recommended for use with wide-angle and telephoto lenses. Please note: Do not rotate past the MAX marking on the rim to avoid unwanted effects. You need to use a larger lens cap or hood with this filter.
- PLANTS 5 TREES | Buying with Gobe helps fund local communities to plant 5 trees in areas affected by deforestation – help us reforest the world, one product at a time.
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Our Variable ND2-4001Peak filter cuts out 1-8.66 f-stops of light. This unlocks depth of field effects, motion blur and more creative flexibility in bright conditions.
Made for video, landscapes, portraits or long exposures, our Variable ND2-400 offers great depth of field, motion blur and shutter speed options in variable light conditions.
Our Variable ND2-400 filter allows you to use slower shutter speeds for motion blur effects without overexposing your photographs when shooting in variable bright light.
Premium optical glass
Made with Japanese optical glass and coated with 8 layers of nano-coating for extra sharpness and durability.
Not for wide-angle
We recommend using Fixed ND filters, or Variable ND2-32 or ND8-128 with < 35mm focal lengths. This filter can only be rotated about halfway along the Min to Max range without encountering an x-pattern – you can thank physics for this restriction.
Not for telephoto
For telephoto lenses, we recommend using a Variable ND2-32 or Variable ND8-128 or 2Peak Fixed ND filters avoid any limitations and to achieve the best results for your images.
Step up your cap
Please note, to use a lens cap, lens hood or to stack filters on top of your Variable ND, you’ll need to step up a filter size – this is to further avoid any vignetting.
Plant 5 Trees
Buying a Gobe product funds local communities to plant 5 trees in areas affected by deforestation including Madagascar, Haiti, Nepal, Mozambique & Indonesia.
All trees are planted by a team of local workers, providing vital employment while rejuvenating the world's wilds.
For a cleaner, greener future
Trees sequester carbon from the atmosphere, provide food and shelter, reduce the effects of droughts and floods and prevent water pollution.
All Gobe filters are made from premium optical glass and are finished with industry-leading nano-coating technology. Gobe's magnalium rims feature a slim profile to avoid vignetting. They are engineered to ensure a smooth rotation and are made with an ergonomic grip for fast, accurate adjustments.
Gobe makes premium camera accessories for creators who care about the environment. Gobe’s minimal, intelligent and low impact designs are made for the unpredictable conditions of outdoor creating. Each of our products is designed and refined to serve a specific purpose so you can focus on your craft with absolute trust in your equipment.
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The best way to make a sustainable product is to make it last a lifetime or more. Our products are backed for a lifetime so you can trust our products and lower your environmental impact.
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We have a simple vision with a big purpose. We want everyone to spend more time in nature with a camera in their hand. Nature brings out the best in humanity. It calms the mind, inspires the soul, and heals the heart – it is our single greatest inspiration and we want you to join us in the fight to protect it.
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One negative: At max darkening, there is some clearly visible fringing of the vignette you get on your footage. This such a minor problem since if you set the dials to just under max darkening, the fringing disappears. Don't use max darkening and you're golden!
I dislike the way the filter is designed where the out ring with the glass is a fair bit larger than the thread ring. This means that you can't actually put a standard lens hood when the filter is on. I bought different brand filter the same day and it had a flat edge profile so attaching the lens hood was no issue.
The whole purpose of using the Vari ND is to control light in bright outdoor settings... and being outdoors you would expect this to work with a standard lens hood.. for reference this was on Panasonic 12-35mm.
Otherwise well constructed.. just a waste of my hard earned..
With no surprise, I was impressed by its amazing quality and did not disappoint as I already own two CPL and an ND1000 from Gobe.
This variable filter requires a bit of practice and I enjoyed playing around to learn how to use it properly.
Stocked with all my purchases from this brand!
I'm a fan of what the guys at Gobe do and their involvement in environmental restoration and preservation and I'd definitely recommend their filters to anyone wanting to improve their landscape photography.
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The image below is the first shot I took using the GOBE NDX, it was taken on an overcast but bright day rotated to almost MAX to allow for a 20 second exposure of some rocks in the sea, this is the kind of effect you can expect.
TIP: if you have multiple lenses, buy the filter to fit the largest lens, then use step up rings on your smaller lenses.
Lo and behold the Gobe filter arrived and is a carbon copy of the other filter, apart from the markings around the edge which are slightly different. Design and performance are identical to the K&F. Same colour cast problems, same issues with dark areas/vignetting at the edges dependent on the ND level used.
The two shots are examples of reasonably good and pretty bad, the first taken at f13 8 secs at ISO100. Post processed to remove a pink cast and vignetting. Turned out okay eventually but frustrating to fix.
The 2nd image taken at f11 4secs at ISO100, filter on 75% or so, notice the dark areas top and bottom.
These types of issues are inherent with variable ND filters in general, my advice would be to purchase a fixed ND stop filter, I have since bought a 10 stop Tiffen filter which shows no issues that aren't very easily fixable. Better to spend a bit more rather than spend hours at a computer fixing photos.
Bear in mind that if you shoot black and white the colour cast is not an issue, the vignetting is still there but more easily fixed.
- ND Filter
- Lens Cloth
- Plastic case with foam (to store the filter)
- Excellent filter
- Good price (~£25)
- Lifetime warranty
- Good customer support
- May appear to have scratches. These can be wiped off though (see "note" below).
- Buy an ND filter that fits your largest lens and then buy step down rings/adapters so that you don't have to purchase a filter for each lens. This is also much cheaper.
When I first received the product, I immediately returned it as it was heavily scratched. When the second one I ordered had the same problem I contacted Gobe who mentioned that this is a moisture problem from the product sitting in the warehouses. It's a form of mould, not scratches. Using the included lens cloth, I was able to wipe away "scratches" and the product was as good as new (literally).
Alcuni di questi limiti sono attribuibili alla categoria di filtro infatti gli ND variabili sono composti da due polarizzatori sovrapposti che ruotando si sommano variando l'indice di trasparenza alla luce, perciò non bisogna MAI spingere il filtro oltre il limite di ND400 MAX (anche qualcosa prima) e sotto ND2 MIN per evitare la formazione della X.
Mi sento di consigliare questo filtro anche per la loro politica ecofriendly ma soprattutto per la buona qualità!
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Firstly, the filter was very well packaged. It's in a round, foam padded, tin with a cleaning cloth, that arrived in a recyclable card box inside an equally recyclable envelope, so no waste on plastics here which is important, particularly considering Gobe's environmental push of planting trees. next, the filter itself. Metal construction (aluminium I suspect), marked with maximum and minimum points for the density level. The outer ring rotates smoothly but not too loosely , you do need to make sure that it's well screwed onto the lens or you could undo it while using it. In use it worked well doing video. I wouldn't like to hazard a guess on the actual ND values at max and min, but then I wasn't looking for that. I set up my camera (Fuji X-T3) for video at 1/50th second shutter speed (25fps) and a decent aperture with the filter set at the mid point between max and min marks, that way I could adjust the filter either way to keep the exposure fairly consistent. For my first time doing video like this I was quite happy with the results, at least from the exposure side - I'll need a gimbal if I'm going to pursue this line further.
On the negative side Amazon had the order over a week before it was processed and when I chased it they referred me to GOBE who intern referred me back to Amazon
The 50mm one works perfectly for my prime lens 50mm Nikon f1.8 but with Tamron it's unusable.
I tried pulling half the stops and zooming a bit but all I get are X signs or heavy vignetting.
If I reduce the stops it becomes almost unperceivable but still present, rendering this useless.
If you are taking these in dim light or bright light then its difficult to see on you LCD screen. I missed some of them and I have added photos of the really bad ones and some that are not so bad and could be fixed in Photoshop. I am not looking to buy a different filter so it was a waste of my money.
So far, so good. More than happy with the results. I like the Gobe's environmental stance and the filter has performed as expected. I'm sure somebody with more time than myself will write a more detailed review of the Gobe NDX 82mm Variable ND Lens Filter which would be worth checking out.
All in all, I'm happy with the filter. It's cheap enough not to worry about and does the job I have requested.
This filter was recommended to me by good friend who is professional wild-life photographer ...he always carry GOBE ND Lens Filter in his kit-bag as a spare one ... and if is good enough for him, well - thank is good enough for me! Enough said!
Whilst I've only used it a few times as i just haven't been getting out as much as i would have liked, I've been pleasantly surprised by the results I've been getting. Using common sense and not cranking it right up to "max", I've had none of the problems people have spoken about with x's appearing in the shot, I've just had good quality long exposures, exactly what i was after.
Whilst it may not be the build or output quality of Lee filters, for a variable ND for £20 odd quid, this is a great product and a cracking bargain. Sadly i'm a bit skint at the moment but next purchase will definitely be the 58mm ND for my 50mm prime lens.
If you're on a tight budget I really recommend this product.
The NDX variable filter worked well - I have only just started processing the photographs that I took using the NDX, but the first results look good.
The metal storage tins are a good idea; strong and no plastic, but they could be smaller - the 67mm filter fits nicely inside the tin for the 52mm filter.
Another useful accessory would be a protective cap for the filters so that you don't have to remove a filter to fit the lens cap when moving around.
I have since discovered that the next size up lens cap works i.e. 55mm cap on the 52mm filter.
The filter creates a vignete. It is quite annoying as the marking on it are not precise at all and also, sometimes i see the vignete only after I take the picture. I cannot check the photos every time in order to see if the filter creates vignete or not.