About this project
* As of February 17, 2016
With the best light reduction and resolution capabilities, PowerXND 2000 filters can be used in a wide variety photography as well as video applications. It’s one filter that can replace multiple fixed ND filters.
The PowerXND 2000 has 11 stops (ND 2000) of light reduction capability which has been only available with a few fixed neutral density (ND) filters until now.
Designed in California, the PowerXND 2000 has an innovative filter frame design which reduces the overall volume of the filter. This reduced profile is important for keeping vignetting to a minimum on wide angle lenses.
The filter frame of the PowerXND 2000 is optimized to reduce height and volume. With a filter height of 5.5mm when mounted on a lens, the PowerXND 2000 is about half the height of other variable ND filters and has a smaller overall volume.
Multiple layers of nano coating are applied to glass surfaces for anti-reflection purposes and to protect filter surface from dust, water, oil, and soil contaminations.
The PowerXND filters are built from aerospace grade aluminum with CNC machinery for utmost precision and accuracy.
They are anodized for durability. Wide temperature range lubricant is applied to the filter so it will have smooth and dampened rotation throughout the temperature range.
Neutral density filters can be used to reduce light passing through them so that A slower shutter speed can be used.
When taking a photo of a waterfall or moving stream, a slow shutter speed can be utilized to produce a pleasing yet smooth photo.
For example, this photo is taken In a sunny afternoon in Southern California, using the PowerXND 2000 can bring down the shutter speed to 5" instead of 1/100".
Following sample photos are taken with an early prototype of the PowerXND 2000. Some of them are post processed slightly for artistic purposes such as color saturation.
- Range – ND 16 – 2000 (ND 1.2 – 3.3, or 4 – 11 stops)
- Slim profile of 5.5mm
- Available filter thread sizes:
- 37mm, 39mm, 40.5mm, 43mm, 46mm, 49mm, 52mm, 55mm, 58mm, 62mm, 67mm, 72mm, 77mm, 82mm, 86mm, 95mm, and 105mm.
We would like to bring this exciting filter to the hands of photographers and videographers. We choose Kickstarter.com as the platform to introduce this product.
As our appreciation to your support, you choose one of the rewards from us. The three tier rewards represent a great value. The Super Early Bird offer on the PowerXND 2000 filter is only $79 which is 50% off our list price of $159.
The PowerXND 2000 filters are available in the sizes of 67mm, 72mm, 77mm, and 82mm. They are all priced the same. After the campaign has ended you will let us know which size by filling out a survey.
- Super Early Bird: $79 (10 only)
- Early Bird: $95 (30 only)
- Kickstarter Special: $115
Shipping within the USA for these three reward tiers is free. We charge a nominal fee for international shipping.
Update, following new sizes are available. They will be shipped in June:
- $49 - One PowerXND 2000 filter in the small size group, including 37mm, 39mm, 40.5mm, 43mm, and 46mm.
- $79 - One PowerXND 2000 filter in the medium size group, including 49mm, 52mm, 55mm, 58mm, and 62mm.
- $89 - Two (2) PowerXND 2000 filters in the small size group, including 37mm, 39mm, 40.5mm, 43mm, and 46mm.
- $145 -Two (2) PowerXND 2000 filters in the medium size group, including 49mm, 52mm, 55mm, 58mm, and 62mm.
- $139 - One 86mm PowerXND 2000 filter.
- $189 - One 95mm PowerXND 2000 filter.
- $289 - One 105mm PowerXND 2000 filter.
The design work is finalized. The final filter design is slightly different in visual appearane than the prototype filter shown in the video and photos. We will update them once we have the nearly full production samples.
We will start the full production once the funding is secured.
Since the launch of our Kickstarter campaign, the PowerXND 2000 has been featured on many websites and blog sites.
We finally receive a test report from an Imatest Certified Lab. They put four ND filters through several tests: Aurora PowerXND 2000, Brand B variable ND (4 - 400), Brand H variable ND (4 - 400), and Brand H round glass based ND 1000 filter.
A summary of the test report is available at: http://aurora-aperture.com/2016/03/30/powerxnd-2000-lab-test/
As seen in the report, the Aurora PowerXND 2000 achieves highest score across all ND settings, even slightly ahead of the Brand H fixed ND 1000 filter.
Next is color check. All variable filters are tested in MIN setting. Again, the Aurora PowerXND 2000 achieves highest color accuracy result.
Risks and challenges
- The design work is finalized but we're at the point where we are about to make a small volume production run and to ensure that the production filters will meet our exact specifications.
- We have worked very closely with our manufacturing partner during the prototyping stage. Although we do not expect major risks from full volume production, we do not have total control of production process so we will need to work very closely with our manufacturing partner.
- Our manufacturing partner sources raw materials and semi-finished parts from their suppliers. We do not expect major delays from the suppliers.
- Shipping could be challenging since this is first time for us to ship products to international customers. We are working with a major player in global shipping industry so we can deliver products to international customers.Learn about accountability on Kickstarter
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