Warning: Canon EOS 5D Mark II owners might have to have this: VAF-5D2 Optical Anti-Aliasing Filter

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Marco Solorio has posted a very interesting ‘first look’ at the $385 VAF-5D2 Optical Anti-Aliasing Filter for the Canon EOS 5D Mark II produced by Mosaic Engineering – you’ll want to see Marco’s report!

First Look: VAF-5D2 Optical Anti-Aliasing Filter

It’s not very often a product comes to market that seems like it’s nothing short of magic. At first glance, the VAF-5D2 Optical Anti-Aliasing Filter by Mosaic Engineering is such a product. I was skeptical at first with this $385 product, but after reading some positive feedback from Philip Bloom at its initial prototype stage, I knew this product was for real.

It took longer than expected to arrive here at out facility (ordered back in August, and arrived here mid-November), but the wait was worth it. After some initial A/B testing with and without the filter, I’m thrilled with the results. The science behind this device is amazing, and it works, and it works extremely well.

the VAF-5D2 Optical Anti-Aliasing Filter

Marco Solorio’s demo

Check out the comparison video we shot here on Vimeo:

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All product still photos on this blog post from Mosaic Engineering’s website

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(cover photo credit: snap from the video)


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Jon Minnihan
Jon Minnihan

Do you think the filter will fix the moire problem that I am having shooting nylon bags in outdoor settings. I am debating if this is worth the $400 or just deal with the output as it is..http://vimeo.com/33203153Any advice would be helpful about the moire issue or any way to improve these bag review videos.. this is only the 3rd video that I have shot ever.

Jimm Fox
Jimm Fox

Re: Cody's comment -" the after footage is from resizing of the video" The majority of videos viewed online are not viewed full screen - they are viewed in smaller sized windows. like this one, so this is a fairly accurate depiction of what the real results would be.Re: 'Tripod' rationalization... Moire is the issue, not what causes it. Using a tripod to control before and after makes sense but there is nothing wrong with accentuating moire to demonstrate the problem.I have to admit I wasn't overly excited about the 'after'. Sure the effects are diminished (much more so in full screen) but I don't find myself 'thrilled' by the results from this demo.


Correct me if I'm wrong, but it's STILL there in the before AND the after shot?!! I also don't understand why a comparison test would be shot handheld (to keep the test controlled as much as possible)?


You should be viewing the video in full screen. The moire you see in the "after" footage is from resizing of the video.The camera movement accentuates the moire patterns. If shot on a tripod, won't be as bad.