Big Stopper – Hitech N.D. Filter Comparison – Color Caste

| 2013/02/10 | Reply

Neutral density filters, especiallay “Big Stoppers”, are important pieces of equipment for serious landscape photographers. Their are many discussions about the color caste of these filters.

We tested three big stoppers from Hitech, which can be purchased quite easy (contrary to the LEE big stopper) and are affordable.

Compared Hitech Resin N.D. Filters

  1. Hitech 100mm Neutral Density Filter – ND 3.0 (note from Hitech: “Please note that these filters may not be suitable for cameras with a CMOS sensor”)
  2. Hitech 100 ND Pro Stop Filter – 10 Stop (3.0)
  3. Hitech 100mm ProStop IRND Resin Filter – 3.0

Equipment:

  • Nikon D600
  • Nikkor 2,8/20 mm AI-S lens
  • Hitech filter holder
  • DxO Optics Pro


White balance as shot, developed with DxO


White balance set to 8.000 K


White balance set to 12.000 K

Each image developed with an individual white balance (probably the best)

White balance as shot

scene without using a filter

Hitech 100mm Neutral Density Filter – ND 3.0

Hitech 100mm Neutral Density Filter – ND 3.0

Hitech 100 ND Pro Stop Filter – 10 Stop (3.0)

Hitech 100 ND Pro Stop Filter – 10 Stop (3.0)

Hitech 100mm ProStop IRND Resin Filter – 3.0

Hitech 100mm ProStop IRND Resin Filter – 3.0

Conclusion: The Hitech ProStop IRND Resin Filter provides the best result, but some color cast must be accepted.

Category: Photographic Equipment, Photography

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