Hoya Variable Density II review

The Hoya Variable Density II gives you adjustable stopping power at the flick of a wrist

Hoya Variable Density II
(Image: © Hoya Filters)

Digital Camera World Verdict

Smart for stills and arguably even more useful when shooting video, variable density or ‘fader’ filters give you a range of neutral density stopping power, simply by twisting the front ring. An excellent example of the breed, this Hoya builds on the success of the original, reducing the risk of vignetting and enhancing handling with a screw-in control knob. It has a generous density range and maintains excellent image quality throughout.


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    Powerful 1.67-8.67 f/stop range

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    Impressive build quality

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    Intuitive handling


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    Quite pricey but still good value

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Sometimes there’s just too much light. The Hoya Variable Density II cuts it down to size, enabling you to use wide apertures for a tight depth of field even in direct daylight, or dialing in long exposures to blur waterfalls and choppy watery surfaces, and even for blurring bustling pedestrians out of busy cityscape images. 

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Matthew Richards

Matthew Richards is a photographer and journalist who has spent years using and reviewing all manner of photo gear. He is Digital Camera World's principal lens reviewer – and has tested more primes and zooms than most people have had hot dinners! 

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