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Formatt Hitech 4 x 4" Solid Neutral Density (ND) 0.6 Filter

B&H # FOND.6442 Mfr # HT100ND0.6
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Product Highlights
  • Permits Use of Wider Apertures
  • Permits Use of Slower Shutter Speeds
  • Used to Create Special Effects/Blurs
  • Helps Control Depth of Field
  • Helps Separate Fore/Background
  • No Effect on Color
  • Use With Film or Digital Cameras
  • Made from CR39 Resin

The 4 x 4" Solid Neutral Density 0.6 Filter from Hitech enables the shooter to adjust exposure without affecting color balance. This ND filter appears gray and reduces the amount of light reaching either the sensor of a digital camera or the film plane of a traditional film camera.

A neutral density filter permits you to shoot with high speeds ISOs under bright light conditions such as on the beach. It is also used to create some unusual special effects such as capturing the "blur" of the motion of a waterfall or the swirling chaotic effect of city traffic. Since it allows the use of slower shutter speeds in bright light, it becomes possible to create these special effects that would normally not be possible to capture without the filter. And, since it can also help to control your depth of field, it permits you to shoot at wider apertures. This is especially handy when shooting portraits where you wish to create more separation between foreground and background. Ultimately, the filter's value is in helping to prevent bright, overly washed out images shot in bright light.

The Hitech filter system is made by Formatt - an English company that is renowned for its high manufacturing standards and consistency of quality. Their CR39 resin is manufactured in large sheets that are oven cured. Their exclusive Absorbing Cell Technology absorbs color as opposed to other filters that are coated. Once cured, they are sliced up to create individual filters. In this way, maximum consistency is maintained from filter to filter. This becomes crucial when you wish to change filters either mid shoot or from day to day.

Neutral Density Filters Have Four Main Uses

To enable slow shutter speeds to be used, especially with high speed ISOs, to record movement in subjects such as waterfalls, clouds, or cars
To decrease depth of field by allowing wider apertures to be used, which helps separate subjects from their background
To decrease the effective ISO of high speed film (above ISO 400) and allow it to be used outdoors in bright situations
To allow cine and video cameras (which have fixed shutter speeds) to film subjects such as snow, sand or other bright scenes which could cause overexposure
Absorbing Cell Technology
Hitech filters are made by Formatt, a company with three generations of professional filter-making experience produces every filter to the highest technical standards. The finest materials, together with state of-the-art production technology have resulted in a standard of optical excellence unmatched anywhere else
The secret to Formatt's consistency in filter design lies in its unique "Absorbing Cell Technology" (A.C.T.); this unique process allows color correct dyes to be applied to optically pure, wafer thin absorbing cells and offers a controllability that ensures the smoothest grad lines and consistent color across the whole filter surface
Hitech filters are manufactured to exacting standards and can be counted on to be consistent filter to filter which means you can change filters mid shot or from day-to-day and still maintain the same exposure
Type Solid Neutral Density
Size 4 x 4" (100 x 100mm, 1.5mm thick)
Grade 0.6
2 stops
Filter Factor Light transmission: 25%
Multi-Coated Not Applicable
Rotating Not Applicable
Effect Allows use of lower shutter speeds with higher ISOs
Reduces the amount of light reaching the digital sensor or film plane
Permits use of wider apertures
Helps create special effects like blurs
Application Nature, outdoor, scenic photography
Color Temperature Not Applicable
Construction CR39 Resin
Front Filter Thread Size Not Applicable
Front Lens Cap Size Not Applicable
Formatt Hitech 4 x 4" Solid Neutral Density (ND) 0.6 Filter
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    4.0

    just a needs to be a little bit longer

    By Kurtis

    from Los Angeles

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    Pros

    • Clear Optics
    • Easy To Use
    • Strong Construction

    Cons

      Best Uses

      • Image Manipulation

      Comments about Formatt Hitech 4 x 4" Solid Neutral Density (ND) 0.6 Filter:

      So far I'm very happy with the filter though it would be nice if it were 4x6 like my GND. Also, I have not noticed any color cast.

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      4.0

      ND 0.6 HiTech

      By Crockett

      from Michigan

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      Pros

      • Easy To Use
      • Lightweight

      Cons

        Best Uses

        • Everyday use
        • Traveling

        Comments about Formatt Hitech 4 x 4" Solid Neutral Density (ND) 0.6 Filter:

        Overall, this product is exactly as advertised. I have already used it on several waterfalls on a recent vacation and it performed flawlessly. I've been throught the photos and can detect no color cast given by the filter. I shoot multiple scenes with and without the filter to make a comparasion.

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