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Hello, need recommendation regarding variable nd filters, i have never used any nd filters before and dont know which will be better for my GH5 and pana/leica 12-60, and which has better quality

I have to choose between this filters ,(price doesn't matter) no other options will be considered :)))

its good idea to choose 180$ Marumi CREATION VARI. ND2.5-ND500 ? its expensive than others it will be better in quality as well ?

http://www.marumi-filter.co.jp/en/product/03/
Marumi CREATION VARI. ND2.5-ND500 + Step-Ring 180$ 
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http://www.kenkoglobal.com/photo/filters/series/variable_nd/
Kenko PL ND3-ND400 fader $147.28 
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http://www.kaiser-fototechnik.de/…/…/2_1_produktanzeige.asp…
Vario Greyfilter ND2x – ND400x EUR 58,95 
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https://aurora-aperture.com/…/press-release-aurora-apertur…/
PowerXND 2000 ND 16 – 2000 (ND 1.2 – 3.3, or 4 – 11 stops) $123.00 
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http://www.haidaphoto.com/en/productsd.php?pid=450
Haida 62mm Variable ND Filter ND8 to ND1000 3 to 10 Stops PRO II-S MC Super 80 $
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KANI HT PRO + MC ND2-400 Variable $170

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I actually would consider other options... as non of your picks make it to the usual suspects ND quality rankings (think: Breakthrough Photography, SLR Magic, Tiffen, Formatt-Hitech, B+W, Singh-ray, Heliopan, et cetera). Also. People could generally point out that you're better off with a set of fixed value NDs, rather than one vND. But you must have your reasons (like having store credit to spend and finding ease of use of having variable ND outweigh any possible downsides).

This has always been a hot subject in the past, so for more: https://www.google.co.uk/search?q=variable+nd+eoshd+site:www.eoshd.com&hl=en . Concerning the mentioned filters... I suppose it's doubtful you'll find much opinions on some of these.

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On 3/27/2018 at 1:58 PM, Aerialexplorer said:

Hello, need recommendation regarding variable nd filters, i have never used any nd filters before and dont know which will be better for my GH5 and pana/leica 12-60, and which has better quality

I have to choose between this filters ,(price doesn't matter) no other options will be considered :)))

its good idea to choose 180$ Marumi CREATION VARI. ND2.5-ND500 ? its expensive than others it will be better in quality as well ?

http://www.marumi-filter.co.jp/en/product/03/
Marumi CREATION VARI. ND2.5-ND500 + Step-Ring 180$ 
--
http://www.kenkoglobal.com/photo/filters/series/variable_nd/
Kenko PL ND3-ND400 fader $147.28 
--
http://www.kaiser-fototechnik.de/…/…/2_1_produktanzeige.asp…
Vario Greyfilter ND2x – ND400x EUR 58,95 
--
https://aurora-aperture.com/…/press-release-aurora-apertur…/
PowerXND 2000 ND 16 – 2000 (ND 1.2 – 3.3, or 4 – 11 stops) $123.00 
--
http://www.haidaphoto.com/en/productsd.php?pid=450
Haida 62mm Variable ND Filter ND8 to ND1000 3 to 10 Stops PRO II-S MC Super 80 $
--
KANI HT PRO + MC ND2-400 Variable $170

Basically you want to avoid the off brand cheapsters. They'll give you magenta cast and this will eventually ride on your nerves and patience. 

Stay with tried and true companies like Tiffen and Lee. You get what you pay for in this area. I tried to skimp, I was not succesful. 

As far as variable, I have no issues with that like others might have. It's mainly a workflow/expense thing. 

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I know this isn't helping you with your 12-60, but I use one of these on my Sony A7s and it works great, and it has 8 stops of ND. And Focus, OiS, everything works just like it should. Amazing bargain for the money. I even got it to work with my EFS lenses by a little filing, sanding on the back of the lenses. I guess they make one for m4/3 to EF lenses?

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