Aputure DEC VariND – FS5-like ND & EF Control for any E-Mount or MFT Camera

Aputure is about to raise the bar once again, this time with a DEC VariND version of their popular line of lens adapters. This thing is capable of bringing the functionality of Sony’s FS5-style electronic ND filtration to any E-Mount camera.

The DEC VariND Lens Adapter

We just have discovered another very interesting device, this time at the Aputure stand at this year’s IBC. The new version of their lens adapter, the DEC VariND works just like the DEC Lens Regain focal length reducer, but instead of a lens they’ve put in an electronic Variable ND filter.

VariND

This allows you to smoothly dial in just the right amount of ND reduction for any given shot. It works quite similarly to the vari ND built into the Sony FS5 camera, where liquid crystals are used to achieve the smooth transition without the weird colors and cross-effects caused by manual variable NDs. With this adapter, you can upgrade any E-Mount camera to support a variND filter, which is very cool indeed. Plus, it also allows you to control focus and iris with most EF lenses, just like with the other versions of the DEC adapter.

You control the DEC VariND with the included wireless control grip or, if you’re using it on a shoulder mounted setup, you have controls directly on the adapter itself. No need to use the wireless control unless you want to do so.

To me this is a really straight forward product which bridges the gap between the very innovative electronical VariND of the Sony FS5 and other cameras still lacking it.

It will be available in about 2 to 3 months and it will be around $650. For more information, make sure to visit Aputure’s website and watch out for updates.

UPDATE: I’ve forwared your questions regarding the DEC adapter to Aputure’s Ted Sim. Here are his (very promising) replies:

1. On release there will be two versions: an EF to E-Mount and EF to MFT Mount.
2. You are able to control the adapter without the remote control. There is a wheel on the adapter itself to control everything except focus, which can be adjusted just manually.
3. There’s an On/Off switch.
4. At the minimum setting, there will be 1 stop of ND applied. However in the future we think we can make it so the ND is removable when needed.
5. Battery life: 4 hours for the receiver/adapter, about a week for the remote control handgrip. The adapter can be charged via 5V USB, even while in use (you can use a gimbal for charging it while shooting, for example).

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 Beebee Lestr Reply
Beebee Lestr September 12, 2016

This hits the market at just the right time.

There will be hoards of Canon 5D video users that are unimpressed with the Mark IV, who will be jumping ship to Sony’s A7Sii.

This Aputure device will let them take their EF glass to the Sony.

Bertrand Lassallette-Desnault Reply
Bertrand Lassallette-Desnault September 12, 2016

Jonathan Burnside… We want…. 😊

Pierre Hinz Reply
Pierre Hinz September 12, 2016

Great product thanks for introducing it to us! Two questions are missing for me. Can I control it manually without the phone and can I turn it completely off?

Olaf von Voss Reply
Olaf von Voss September 12, 2016

Pierre Hinz,

do you mean the remote control grip? Yes, you’ll be able to control the DEC adapter without it.

I don’t really know if it’s possible to turn off the device completely, sorry. I’ll try to get the info.

Thanks

Alonso Aliaguilla Reply
Alonso Aliaguilla September 12, 2016

At a $690 price point, I think people rather walk around with an entire case full of filters. I was excited…

Olaf von Voss Reply
Olaf von Voss September 12, 2016

Alonso Aliaguilla,

The one thing you can’t buy with money is time. To me, being really fast with this device is the real advantage over carrying around a full bag of filters.

Thanks

 Beebee Lestr Reply
Beebee Lestr September 12, 2016

Do you know how much a bag full of high quality ND filters cost? Probably more than this $690 device.

You’d need a number of ND filters to match it. Plus, regular ND filters often cause severe infrared artifacts.

There’s a lot of appeal to Aputure’s approach.

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Jonathan Pais September 12, 2016

will this work with EF lenses to MFT? I would buy one in a heartbeat!

Olaf von Voss Reply
Olaf von Voss September 12, 2016

Jonathan Pais,

I’ve updated the article and you might just like it!

Thanks

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the SUBVERSIVE September 12, 2016

It would be nice if there was a way to get to “clear” without having to either take the adapter or the ND off.

Olaf von Voss Reply
Olaf von Voss September 12, 2016

the SUBVERSIVE,

there is a minimum of 1 stop of ND. But they are working on that, please check the updated article.

Thanks

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Nathan Lee Bush September 12, 2016

Wow.. game changer. Is this only for Canon lenses?

Olaf von Voss Reply
Olaf von Voss September 12, 2016

Nathan Lee Bush,

right now, yes. EF to E-Mount and EF to MFT.

Thanks

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David OShea September 13, 2016

Any idea of the battery life?

Olaf von Voss Reply
Olaf von Voss September 13, 2016

David OShea,

Ted fom Aputure told us that it has the same battery life as the DEC lensRegain adapter (focal reducer): 4 hours for the receiver/adapter and about a week for the handgrip. It can be charged via 5V USB, even while operation (on a gimbal for example).

Thanks

Nick Lam Reply
Nick Lam September 13, 2016

But it can’t be turned off?

Olaf von Voss Reply
Olaf von Voss September 13, 2016

Nick Lam,

it can be turned off, yes. But I assume by saying ‘off’ you’re referring to set it to ‘clear’? That is not possible for now as there is a minimum of 1 stop of ND applied. But Aputure is working on a solution here, it the future it might be possible to remove the ND if needed. Please refer to the article’s update.

Thanks

Zac Gordon Reply
Zac Gordon September 13, 2016

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VanWeddings Inc September 13, 2016

regular vari-ND has an effect on reflections due to being stacked polarizers. is this free of that side effect? it could potentially achieve better skin tones. very exciting!

Olaf von Voss Reply
Olaf von Voss September 14, 2016

VanWeddings Inc,

you are totally right about regular VariND filters and the answer to your question is yes. The DEC VariND adapter eliminates theses side effects. Please refer to the video, it’s explained there.

Thanks