Bart/ January 23, 2018/ Photographic anatomy/ 0 comments

Recently I received a new filter a HAIDA NanoPro MC ND3,0 1000x 100x100mm
I was very skeptical about this purchase because I have already spent thousands on filters
and most of them did not meet my expectations.
I thought to myself HAIDA?! Haida was established in the year 2007 what kind of experience they can have? I remember this brand as a supplier of cheap, not very good filters from electro-supermarkets.
I was only persuaded by quite positive descriptions on the web and low price.
The price was not excessive, only 100 bucks! It is not too much compared to the competition.
The ND3,0 filters are most often used in landscape photography and they cause the greatest amount of dissatisfaction among photographers due to poor color reproduction/color cast.
A lot has changed over the last years, filters are getting better, unfortunately, prices not :/
Anyway, even by choosing the most expensive and the best filters, we do not get a quality adequate to the price, that’s why I decided to take risk and try a new Haida.
There are two types of this filter Haida ND3,0 and ND3,0 NanoPro MC both they are made of high quality optical glass but the second one is more expensive by about $ 25 and has a nano coatings on both sides described by the manufacturer as “High quality optical glass material. Reduce reflection,scarch and water proof coatings on both sides. No color cast,and high sharpness.” And I chose the second one , more expensive.
But let’s get to the details: The filter is well packed in a metal box. A foam gasket is additionally
included to stop light leaks (I never use it) The edges are nicely rounded, 2mm thickness allows you to fit most popular holders.

 

 

And now about the quality of the pictures, especially the color shifts and sharpness.
I made two photographs with the white balance set rigidly, in one of the slots I put another filter RGND 0,9 to get the right exposure for the whole image.
Please do not try to look for any mistake like I should use only one filter, no! I do it like in real life
and this will also allow us to check if the filter reacts to be blendet with another one which is often a big problem. And below we have the result

I must say that it is the best filter of this kind I have used in my whole life
Photo made with a HAIDA seems to be a bit warmer but it’s almost not noticeable and very easy to correct during processing
if it is necessary at all… There are no changes in the sharpness of the image.
At the start we get the perfect picture which does not require additional processing in the color range
Simply speaking I found the perfect 10stop filter at a very good price, FINALLY! 🙂
I am now very curious about other new HAIDA family filters quality…

 

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