Sunday, May 1, 2005
Gadget-Bag: Graduated NDs In A Digital World
These essential filters bring exposure for sky and ground inside a manageable range
Heliopan's screw-in grad ND filters are available in strengths from one to three stops, and filter sizes from 49mm to 77mm. List Price: $102 to $187.
Hoya makes a two-stop ND with a sharp edge between light and dark in screw-in sizes from 49 to 58mm. Graduated color filters of the same size also are available. List Price: From $60.
Lee Filters offers rectangular grads with a broad range of colors and in NDs, with densities from one to three stops in half-stop increments. The 100x150mm filters are available in both hard and soft versions, and work with Lee's filter holder system. "P" size filters fit Cokin filter holders. List Price: From $79.
Schneider Optics' graduated filters come with either a hard or soft edge in a wide variety of colors, as well as neutral densities from one to four stops. The company offers both 4x4-inch and 4x5.650-inch sizes that fit a Lee holder with the available 4mm spacers. List Price: From $228.
Singh-Ray's grad NDs are available in densities from one to five stops, with either a hard or soft edge. The rectangular filters can be ordered in either a 120mm length for Cokin "P" filter holders or a 150mm length for Lee holders, and the company will custom-make a filter if you can't find what you need. List Price: From $99.
Sunpak makes screw-in graduated filters in sizes from 49mm to 77mm, and they include gray, sepia and wine colors. List Price: From $39.
Tiffen Color Grad filters come in one-, two- and three-stop strengths of neutral gray, as well as shades of blue and orange. The filters are available in both screw-in (ND is two stops) and square versions, and with soft- or hard-edged transitions. List Price: From $53.
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