B + W 77mm #502 Color Graduated Filter - Dark Grey Neutral Density (ND)

B + W

About B + W


• When you need to balance the light in one part of a scene with another, the use of a graduated neutral density filter is essential.
• Graduated neutral density filters are gray toned in one half of the filter and are smoothly graduated into the clear portion.
• B&W Graduated Neutral Density filters are available in 2 grades; #501 Light (approx. 1 stop density) and #502 Dark (approx. 2 stops density).

Summary of Customer Reviews

(5)
Customers most agreed on the following attributes:
Pros:
Firm mount (5),Clear optics (4),Strong construction (3)
Best Uses:
Image manipulation (3)

Reviews about this item

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3.8

(based on 5 reviews)

100%

of respondents would recommend this to a friend.

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Most Liked Positive Review

 

Well Made, One Thing Missing

I use this to shoot waterfalls and other landscape scenes that require a graduated filtering of sky highlights. It's heavy, well made, and screws on/rotates easily. My only complaint is that it doesn't have a dot or arrow indicating when you have the filter perfectly rotated for darkest at top and horizontal gradation. I have had it "off" by 5 degrees or so, with unfortunate effects. I can never remember whether the top says "made in Germany," "F-Pro," or "B+W." I think the top center is over...

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I use this to shoot waterfalls and other landscape scenes that require a graduated filtering of sky highlights. It's heavy, well made, and screws on/rotates easily. My only complaint is that it doesn't have a dot or arrow indicating when you have the filter perfectly rotated for darkest at top and horizontal gradation. I have had it "off" by 5 degrees or so, with unfortunate effects. I can never remember whether the top says "made in Germany," "F-Pro," or "B+W." I think the top center is over the "a" Germany, which is very difficult to remember. A red arrow or dot would be nice, but I'm not sure the competitors have that either.

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Most Liked Negative Review

 

Seems to work but hard to tell.

Difficult to tell where the gradient starts & stops. I have to look at the filter in the case against a white background to see the gradient. When I mount the filter on the lens the type engraved inside the lens has to be on the bottom to place the gradient at the top.

Reviewed by 5 customers

(1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

 
5.0

Does its job

By

from Salem, OR  -  Pro Photographer

B+W filters are high quality. The filter thread never cross-threads but always glides on & off with ease. B+W filters are mid to high grade. Filters cheaper than B+W either have threading problems or construction problems. Due to this, B+W filters are my bottom grade and I only go up from there, although it should be noted most the filters in my inventory are B+W. It should be noted this filter does not have a hard demarcating line, but rather, is a soft graduation from Neutral Density to clear. I am not necessarily for or against that, I am just letting the customer know in case they have a preference.

 
4.0

Well made, compact

By

from Santa Cruz, CA  -  Semi-pro Photographer

I purchased this filter primarily because of its portability, intending to use it in high-key outdoor situations for event photography. Like every other B+W filter I've used, this one is well-made in every respect. The rotation of the graduated element is stiff, enough so that I can manipulate a circular polzarizer on the front without fear of rotating the graduated element. Because this is a two-stop filter, the effect is subtle; in many situations, I feel I would benefit from a stronger filter, but two stops is better than nothing at all. The filter works 100% as expected on my 24-70mm zoom, but curiously enough, it has a terrible effect on my 70-200mm zoom, at least at the infinity focus. No observable problems with the autofocus, but the resulting images are too blurry for use. I did not at all expect this; I just tested it again, and got the same results. Even with that caveat, the filter does what I bought it to do. I'm satisfied.

(1 of 3 customers found this review helpful)

 
3.0

Seems to work but hard to tell.

By

from Los Angeles, CA  -  Casual Photographer

Difficult to tell where the gradient starts & stops. I have to look at the filter in the case against a white background to see the gradient. When I mount the filter on the lens the type engraved inside the lens has to be on the bottom to place the gradient at the top.

(1 of 3 customers found this review helpful)

 
3.0

Only partly dimmer

By

from Redwood City, CA  -  Semi-pro Photographer

It helps, but I'd prefer shading to a darker gray. It does have B&W's high mechanical and optical quality, and I do use it.

(2 of 2 customers found this review helpful)

 
4.0

Well Made, One Thing Missing

By

from Portland Oregon  -  Photo Enthusiast

I use this to shoot waterfalls and other landscape scenes that require a graduated filtering of sky highlights. It's heavy, well made, and screws on/rotates easily. My only complaint is that it doesn't have a dot or arrow indicating when you have the filter perfectly rotated for darkest at top and horizontal gradation. I have had it "off" by 5 degrees or so, with unfortunate effects. I can never remember whether the top says "made in Germany," "F-Pro," or "B+W." I think the top center is over the "a" Germany, which is very difficult to remember. A red arrow or dot would be nice, but I'm not sure the competitors have that either.

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NICHOLAS H  Superb reputation and my own experience with B&W filters. Also, the price is as good as anywhere, and a good outfit to deal with.
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