Want to put an end to washed-out skies? We test 5 of the top filters for landscape photography and find out which will balance your exposure best.
SRB P-size ND Grad Kit
Unusually, this high-quality resin-based filter set includes not three but four P-sized ND grads, adding a four-stop ND16 to the usual mix of ND2, ND4 and ND8 filters. This means that up to four stops of light can be cut from the brightest part of an image using a single filter. This should be more than enough for most situations, but if not, the filters can be used together. The filter holder costs an additional £5 and is identical to the Cokin P-series holder. Thanks in part to their chamfered corners, the filters slip in to the holder easily. SRB filters come in a choice of soft or hard transitions; hard is best for clean horizons, while soft works better for trees or mountains. At this price you can afford to buy both. We found the filters are neutral and didn’t impart any colour cast, making them ideal for retaining detail in white clouds.
Hitech 100mm ND Grad Kit
This collection of three filters is available with either soft-edge or hard-edge transitions. Excellent quality is matched by a superbly engineered aluminium filter holder, although this costs an extra £56. The holder includes a front-mounting adaptor ring to enable you to fit extra 105mm screw-in filters or a lens hood.
Kood Pro Series 84mm Filter System
Price: £12 per filter
These individual Kood filters slot into a Cokin P-series holder. They cost a little more than half the price of similar Cokin filters. However, Kood only make ND grads in ND2 and ND4 options (soft or hard transition).
Lee Neutral Density Grad Soft Set
Unbeatable quality is assured by these hand-made resin filters. The 100x150mm filter size ensures no vignetting on SLRs, even with ultra-wide lenses, but they’re very expensive once you add the ‘Foundation Kit’ filter holder and adaptor ring, totalling £265. Currently, you’ll also need to wait up to 14 weeks for delivery.
Cokin H250A P-series ND Grad Kit
This Cokin kit contains three ND grads with one, two and three stops of darkening, plus a standard filter holder, so the only extra you need is an adaptor ring, which costs about £13. We identified a little vignetting on ultra-wide lenses, but a wide-angle filter holder is also available for around £13.
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