Two Weeks with the Gobe Variable ND Filter

Alright, to start… this review is actually several months old by the time this article is hitting my blog. I didn’t know if I still wanted to publish a written version of my review since I had created the video, but I’ve still been using the ND filter and thoroughly enjoying it… so I thought what the heck. Without further ado…

Not too long ago, I made the leap to purchase a Gobe variable neutral density filter. I already had one - a Tiffen to be more exact - but with the addition of micro four thirds systems in my camera collection, I realized that the 82mm Tiffen was out of place. It served me well on my Nikon, but as I moved to a more professional setup, I wanted gear that made filmmaking easier. So, here we are, two weeks with the Gobe variable ND filter.

I’ll preface the rest of this review by saying I summed up a number of my feelings in a video on my YouTube channel, which you can find below. Moreover, it offers some scenes that were shot with the filter on the Panasonic GH4 with an Olympus 14-150mm lens.

With the filter steadily attached to my camera for a couple weeks now, I have to say that I’m really enjoying the images and daily run-and-gun opportunities that the Gobe filter offers. Obviously, there are plenty of other ND filters out there that offer run-and-gun form factors, but most don’t come close to the price-point of Gobe. Coming in at just $30 on Amazon, Gobe has taken a stand to showcase what can be done at a fraction of the price of its competition.

Overall, the image quality does not appear to decrease by adding the element in front of the lens. The image doens’t appear to lose any sharpness, either. Or enough to make a difference for me. I will admit that I see a little bit of a warming of the footage, but this is something that I found with the more expensive Tiffen filter as well. The color shift is minimal and easily corrected in the field with a white balance card or in post with DaVinci Resolve or even Premiere Pro.

Here’s the video I referenced earlier. It has some footage shot on the GH4 and color corrected in post.