Best Graduated Neutral Density Filters: 6 models tested and rated

    | Accessories | Reviews | 18/02/2013 11:30am

    Five things to look out for when choosing the best graduated neutral density filter

    01 Shape
    Round, screw-in grads may cost less than larger rectangular or square versions with a dedicated holder; however, they restrict positioning, will only fit lenses of the same filter thread diameter and could produce unwanted vignettes on wide-angle lenses.

    02 Neutrality
    A good neutral density filter should be just that: neutral. The grey section shouldn’t introduce any noticeable colour casts.

    03 Density
    If you only buy one graduated neutral density filter, consider how you’ll use it. Too low a density and bright sections may still burn out, but restrict too much light and skies take on an overbearing, leaden appearance.

    04 Material
    Most filters are now made from optical grade plastic, making them lighter and more shatter-resistant than glass alternatives. They are more prone to scratches, though, so handle with care.

    05 Versatility
    Check to see what other filters (like polarisers or colour grad) different manufacturers offer before committing to one system.

    PAGE 1: Lee Filters Neutral Density Hard Grad Set
    PAGE 2: Hitech 100 Series ND Grad Soft Edge Filter Kit
    PAGE 3: Cokin Z-PRO ND-Graduated Kit
    PAGE 4: Cokin P-Series ND Grad Filter Kit
    PAGE 5: SRB-Griturn ND Grad Kit
    PAGE 6: Kood P-Type ND Filter Kit
    PAGE 7: Five things to look out for when choosing the best graduated neutral density filter


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    Posted on Monday, February 18th, 2013 at 11:30 am under Accessories, Reviews.

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