Review of the FREEWELL Magnetic Quick Swap ND FILTERS


In this video I review the Freewell Magnetic Quick Swap ND Filter system. I begin by explaining and demonstrating how the system works then I show you images that I took with the system. I tried to not editorialize the review at all — instead, I want you to be the judge if the system is any good and will be something you’d want to use.

*Important: Freewell did not pay me to do this review but they did give me all of the product for free.

**Note: I was just told that the name printing on the filter was just done for me and is not available to the general public. My apologies for indicating otherwise.

Freewell product shown in the video:

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Make sure you get the correct size to fit your lens

Camera Gear:

Nikon D850:
Nikon 24-70mm F2.8 Lens:
Vanguard Tripod:
Siriu Ballhead:
Peak Design Everyday 30L Backpack:

The remote timer I used:

PIXEL FSK 2.4GHz Wireless Shutter Remote Release Control for
Nikon D850 D810 D700 D500 D3 D4 D5 D4s N90s and Fujifilm Kodak Cameras:

Here is the same remote timer for other model cameras:

Pixel TW-283/90 Wireless Shutter Release for Fuji Timer Remote for
Fujifilm GFX50S/X-Pro2/X-T1/X-T20/X-T10/X-E2S/X-E2/X-M1/X-A10/X-A3/X-A2/X-A1/X100F/X100T/X70/X30/XQ2/XQ1/Finex S1:

PIXEL Wired or Wireless Timer Shutter Remote Control for
Nikon D5200 D3100 D5000 D7200 D600 D610 D750 D3200 D3300 Cameras:

PIXEL TW283E3 Wireless Shutter Remote Release Control for
Canon EOS R 700D/T5i 650D/T4i 550D/T2i 500D/T1i 350D/XT 400D/XTi 1000D/XS 450D/XSi 60D 100D and Pentax:

PIXEL FSK 2.4GHz Wireless Shutter Remote Release Control for
Canon 7D Series, 5D Series, 50D, 40D, 30D, 10D:

PIXEL FSK 2.4GHz Wireless Shutter Remote Release Control for
Sony Micro Single Digital Camera a58 NEX-3NL A7 A7R A7II A7RII A75 A3000 A6000 NX300 RX100II:

Pixel TW-283 S1/S2 Wireless Shutter Release Timer Remote Control for
Sony A300 A350 A400 A450 A500 A550 A560 A580 A700 A850 A900 A33 A35 A37 A55 A57 A65 A67 A77 A99 A58 A7 A7II A7R A7RII A7S A3000:

Gear used to record this video:

Nikon Z6:
Nikon Z 24-70mm F4.0 Lens:
MeFOTO Travel Tripod:

Video created and rendered in Adobe Premiere Pro CC:

Camera Settings

I normally would photograph that scene at F8 to F11 but it was morning and I was in the shade. I photographed at F4 because it gave me a 1/60 of a second shutter speed. In that light, using both the 10 and 6 stop filters stacked, resulted in an 18-minute, 12-second exposure. If I stopped down to F8 or F11, the exposure would have been over 1/2 hour.

So, F4.0, iso: 64
Auto White Balance
The photos without any filter, with UV filter, with UV and ND Filters were taken in Aperture Priority Mode. The image with all of the filters stacked was taken in Manual Mode and camera in Bulb Mode with the remote timer. If you don’t know how that is done, watch this video:


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