I’m a fan of glass filters, they are incomparably better in care than those made of resin.
Those who take pictures of the sea coasts during storms know exactly what I’m talking about 😉
I have recently received two filters from KASE FILTERS GND8 (0,9) and R-GND8 (0,9)
I was very curious about the quality of this new brand and at the same time I was afraid
that it could be another cheap product from China with one exception… that it is not cheap.
Of course the price in comparison with the big players looks pretty good, they are still cheaper than
LEE, HITECH, NiSi etc. But are they worth the price? Are they really as good as the producer described?
The first thing is a nice impression after unpacking. Each filter is packed separately into a delicate
paper and a nice leather case the whole is protected by a solid cardboard package.
The filter itself gives the impression of very good quality, the corners are nicely rounded, edges are smooth. The manufacturer describes himself as incredibly resistant to impact scratches, light reflections and without color shifts. They call them Wolverine Series.
After the first test, my assessment is that
First filter GND8 (0,9)
the filter does not affect image quality, no observed decrease of sharpness, that’s good 😉
No color shifts, correct colors and white balance, that’s also good 😉
In fact, it cuts off the light by two steps not by three !??? that’s very bad 🙁
It means that someone stole 33% of my filter 😮
Second filter R-GND8 (0,9)
The filter does not affect image quality, no observed decrease of sharpness, that’s good 😉
No color shifts, that’s good 🙂
Good filters at a reasonable price. I feels the slight dissatisfaction due to the poor performance of soft gradient 0,9 becouse it is 0,6 not 0,9
After a longer period of use I have to say: They are very solid filters. I do not care much about the equipment, filters repeatedly landed on grass, rocks, in the filter case was sand, despite this, they do not have the slightest scratches or damage. For me it is also very important that it’s easy to clean them. The coatings are of very good quality, maybe the best I’ve ever seen. Water drops, even the sea water are easily removed with the usual wipes, no streaks! Just one stroke and the filter is perfectly clean.
KASE FILTERS are very interesting products, incredibly good product quality and reasonable price, a wide range of products. KASE it is a brand that has a chance to be in the lead, unfortunately, they have a very poor marketing strategy for now. It is very difficult to find any competent information about products and it is equally difficult to buy a product in Europe so far… I hope that it will change soon, this is a noteworthy brand 😉