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06-30-2011, 10:59 PM   #1
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A good Neutral Density filter comparison?

This was linked in another thread as a very thorough comparison of circular polarizers: Polarizing filters test - Results and summary - Lenstip.com, and I loved it.

I was wondering if there was anything roughly that in-depth comparing different brands and makes of solid (not graduated) neutral density filters. My google-fu has turned up nada and I didn't see anything about it on here either.

Any help finding a comprehensive review, or personal experience with several different ND filters would be helpful as I am looking to buy at least a 3 stop filter, perhaps several, or perhaps stronger ones as well (I hear B+W makes a 10 stop filter?).


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"The Ultimate Easy Guide To Neutral Density Filters" by Peter Hill | RedBubble


B+W seem to have ND #110 in many sizes reasonably priced also. Apperently it does give a magenta cast as do many other filters.
Hoya have ND 400 (9 stop). Cokin, Hitech, Tiffen, Kodak + Lee also do a 10stop


Lee Big stopper & Hitech review here:
Lee Big Stopper and Hitech 10 Stop ND filter Review



"twitch" has a B+W which he featured recently. DA15 thread page 149
"digitalis" has a Lee Big stopper among other things.
https://www.pentaxforums.com/forums/lens-clubs/86234-15mm-limited-controls-my-mind-club-149.html
You can see there is a colour cast on the B+W so shoot in RAW is the go & pp later.


edit: about 1/2way down reading the ND finlter guide link above, he mentions the colour cast for these filters.

Quoted from "The Ultimate Easy Guide To Neutral Density Filters by Peter Hill"
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Can you guess which is which? The Brown job is from the B+W, whereas the Blue job is from the Lee. Colour casting is inevitable whichever of the 2 you use. Using a Cokin or Tiffen or HiTech ND filter will also give you colour casting, but at much much lower densities. For example, Cokins give a pinky caste, whereas HiTech is much darker. The only exception to this that I have experienced is that the Hoya ND x400 Filter Ė The Black Glass Ė does not normally produce casting (actual copies are variable), but sometimes flaring. (If your Hoya flares, check your screw-in and if itís screwed in tight youíve got a bad copy.)
The colour casting is fixable, but only if youíve shot in RAW. Of course, if your final image is in black & white, it donít matter diddly. It is however rather niggly to have to tweak your White Balance in the conversion of a RAW file, especially when you have a Canon 5D Mark II, like I do, a or similar camera which does an excellent job of handling Auto WB itself under normal circumstances, as I mentioned above."


Hope that might be helpful

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QuoteOriginally posted by RXrenesis8 Quote
This was linked in another thread as a very thorough comparison of circular polarizers: Polarizing filters test - Results and summary - Lenstip.com, and I loved it.

I was wondering if there was anything roughly that in-depth comparing different brands and makes of solid (not graduated) neutral density filters. My google-fu has turned up nada and I didn't see anything about it on here either.

Any help finding a comprehensive review, or personal experience with several different ND filters would be helpful as I am looking to buy at least a 3 stop filter, perhaps several, or perhaps stronger ones as well (I hear B$W makes a 10 stop filter?).
Glad you liked it. I, too, am interested in any comparisons like the one cited on filters generally.
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