Syrp Releases ‘Super Dark’ Variable ND Filter That Cuts 5-10 Stops of Light
Syrp is known for their incredible landscape photography and videography tools, helping us capture great imagery without worry. To accompany their time-lapse technology, they just announced a ‘Super Dark” ND filter available in 82mm and 62mm that includes an adjustable exposure of 5-10 stops of light.
What does this mean for your photos? Well, the filter allows you to slow your shutter speed down in daylight conditions and adds whole new creative perspective to your scene. This is the essential tool for capturing unique timelapse videos and creating long exposure photography. It is made with high-quality Japanese glass, and each kit comes with a genuine leather case, two lens-adapter rings, and a lens cloth.
Daytime exposures for long exposure photography are limited to using faster shutter speeds to account for bright conditions, even when setting your aperture to f/22 and ISO 100 the slowest shutter speed possible is half a second. Using the Super Dark ND allows you to slow your shutter speed in broad daylight without having to worry about blowing out the highlights of your image.
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The Super Dark ND Filter includes an adjustable exposure of 5-10 stops of light (ND32-ND1024) and the stops are clearly marked on the Filter. They’ve also added hard limits so you can quickly set the minimum and maximum values while preventing X-Pattern at the extreme end. If needed, you can stack other filters on top. The front of the Filter has a thread so you can easily stack other filters if needed.
The new filter can be used for a variety of photo-techniques:
- Long Exposures
- Landscape Photography
- Time-Lapse Photography
The New Super Dark filter allows you to capture landscapes like never before, giving your images an “expressive and often surreal look”. The filter will be available starting December 15th.
Pre-order your Super Dark ND Filter here. See samples of images taken with the Super Dark filter:
Source: Resource Magazine
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These thread-on NDs are fine, but keep in mind that at these super dark ND levels, they blot out the viewfinder and make LiveView nigh impossible to use.
I find that a front holder setup like those from Lee, Fotodiox, Tiffen, etc. is a little more flexible than this. It allows you to nail everything in LiveView — framing, focus, exposure, amount of polarization, position of ND grad, etc. — and THEN you can drop in some slice of darkness like a 10 stop ND and make some magic happen.
Don’t get me wrong, this is a nice economical idea, but using it will probably be futzy if you also want to use a CPL on it, and the vignetting beast may rear it’s head if you stack on wide angle lenses. But it is undoubtedly cheaper than a Lee setup + Big Stopper.