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Formatt Hitech 4x5" Graduated Neutral Density (ND) 0.9 Resin Filter - Soft Edge

B&H # FOGND.9S45 MFR # HT100NDSE0.9
Formatt Hitech 4x5" Graduated Neutral Density (ND) 0.9 Resin Filter - Soft Edge

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Often it is necessary or desirable to balance the light intensity in one part of a scene with another. This is especially true in situations where you don't have total light control, as in bright contrasty landscapes. Exposing for the foreground will produce a washed-out, over-exposed sky while exposing for the sky will leave the foreground dark and under-exposed. Hitech Grad ND filters are part clear, part neutral density (available in grades of .3 (1 stop), .6 (2 stops), .9 (3 stops), 1.2 (4 stops)). They allow the transition to be blended into the scene, often imperceptibly. A neutral density .6-to-clear, with a two stop differential, will generally compensate the average bright sky-to-foreground situation and is also the most popular density of the series.

Hitech graduated neutral density filters are available with soft or hard transitions from dark to clear. The soft edge is recommended for wide angle lenses and the hard edge is recommended for normal and longer lenses.

Hitech graduated resin filters are 4 x 5" (100 x 125mm) x 1.5mm thick. The 5" length allows for adjustment of the filter within the holder.

Neutral Density factors:

ND.3 (exposure adjustment = 1 stop)

ND.6 (exposure adjustment = 2 stops)

ND.9 (exposure adjustment = 3 stops)

ND1.2 (exposure adjustment = 4 stops)

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Formatt Hitech4x5" Graduated Neutral Density (ND) 0.9 Resin Filter - Soft Edge
 
4.5

(based on 17 reviews)

Ratings Distribution

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    (10)

  • 4 Stars

     

    (6)

  • 3 Stars

     

    (1)

  • 2 Stars

     

    (0)

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100%

of respondents would recommend this to a friend.

Pros

  • Easy to use (14)
  • Clear optics (4)
  • Strong construction (3)

Cons

    Best Uses

    • Image manipulation (6)
      • Reviewer Profile:
      • Semi-pro photographer (4), Enthusiast (3), Photo enthusiast (3)
      • Was this a gift?:
      • No (6)

    Most Liked Positive Review

     

    Excellent tool that does the job!

    Modern digital camera "see" only a 5 f-stop range of light when they meter exposure. This often results in blown out skies or dark deep shadows. The graduated neutral density filter...Read complete review

    Modern digital camera "see" only a 5 f-stop range of light when they meter exposure. This often results in blown out skies or dark deep shadows. The graduated neutral density filter helps correct this problem. It allows me to either enrich my skies, or enhance my foregrounds thus creating a more visually balanced photograph. I use it religiously in photographing landscapes of all types. I consider it a must for my photograph. It is easy to use, and most important produces outstanding results. If you are not using one, you should be.

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    Most Liked Negative Review

     

    Not the quility I expected

    Not quite the quality I expected. Works fantastic for fixing the difficult exposure between the sky and foreground. It fits well in my Lee filter holder. My only complaint is that the images...Read complete review

    Not quite the quality I expected. Works fantastic for fixing the difficult exposure between the sky and foreground. It fits well in my Lee filter holder. My only complaint is that the images shot through it are softer then the same shot without the filter which is why I gave it 3 stars. I know it is not the most expensive filter but it is not cheap by any means so I expect the image to be just as clear as without it.

    I would still recommend it for balancing exposure as long as you understand your images will not be as clear as just the lens.

    FYI - It can be used on a lens up to 10mm wide but with the Lee setup I have it stats getting a little vignetting which is not the filters fault but rather its size.

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    5.0

    Exactly what I expected...

    By Weddingsbydeb

    from Colorado

    About Me Pro photographer

    Verified Buyer

    Pros

    • Easy To Use
    • High Quality
    • Improves Picture Quality
    • Point'n shoot capability

    Cons

    • Carry case not included

    Best Uses

    • Shooting Outdoors
    • Silky waterfalls

    Comments about Formatt Hitech 4x5" Graduated Neutral Density (ND) 0.9 Resin Filter - Soft Edge:

    Since I use multiple lenses, I handhold this filter and skip the hassle of filter mounts. The 4x5 size allows for keeping fingers out of the way. Wish this filter came with a case of some kind, but one was easy enough to make out of soft cloth & carrying in a CD case. I also invested in a small pair of polyester gloves from the cosmetic counter, as extra protection from fingerprints. There's the ability to feather the effect as well as setting the horizon as needed.

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    • No

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    4.0

    Better than cokin but cokin unavailable

    By pbnotj

    from Duluth, MN

    About Me Tech Savvy

    Verified Buyer

    Pros

    • Compact Design
    • Easy To Use
    • Improves Picture Quality

    Cons

      Best Uses

      • Panoramic Filming
      • Shooting Outdoors

      Comments about Formatt Hitech 4x5" Graduated Neutral Density (ND) 0.9 Resin Filter - Soft Edge:

      Good product, unable to get holders for it currently due to shortage around cokin going out of business. Only been able to use it handheld which is definitely less than ideal. I personally like the look better than HDR, multiple exposure combinations/tone mapping. It just looks more natural. Not sure others feel the same as me as it seems prices are going up on thse, availability getting more difficult for holders etc.

      • Was this a gift?:
      • No

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      4.0

      does the job.

      By nordi

      from ft.collins, colo.

      About Me Semi-pro Photographer

      Verified Buyer

      Pros

      • Clear Optics
      • Easy To Use
      • Firm Mount
      • Strong Construction

      Cons

      • A better holdercome on

      Best Uses

      • Image Manipulation

      Comments about Formatt Hitech 4x5" Graduated Neutral Density (ND) 0.9 Resin Filter - Soft Edge:

      I know the hitech filter is not the best. I also know I dont have eyes good enough to see the difference. seriously....put them side by side and I bet even pros will say the diff. is barely worth talking about..its the picture and the comp. and the exposer etc. etc. that make the diff.

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      • No

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      5.0

      Perfect.....great product

      By JBH Photographer

      from Baton Rouge

      About Me Business Owner

      Verified Buyer

      Pros

      • Easy To Use
      • Highly Compatible

      Cons

        Best Uses

          Comments about Formatt Hitech 4x5" Graduated Neutral Density (ND) 0.9 Resin Filter - Soft Edge:

          Only recently learned the value of using this type of filter. Works great and easy to hold/position in front of the lens. Wished I would have had it a long time ago. Won't be out there shooting without it.

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          • No

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          4.0

          Good filter but scratches easily

          By Girish

          from Milwaukee, WI

          About Me Hobbyist

          Verified Buyer

          Pros

          • Improves Performance
          • Professional Quality

          Cons

          • Easily scratchable

          Best Uses

            Comments about Formatt Hitech 4x5" Graduated Neutral Density (ND) 0.9 Resin Filter - Soft Edge:

            These are very good filters. Works great. Hand holding is challenging to align correctly and keeping it still for the duration of the slot. If you do, the results are nice ... Can see a HDR effect on the photos. Also it gets scratched easily.

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            • No

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            5.0

            Excellent tool that does the job!

            By tready

            from Fort Lauderdale, Florida

            About Me Professional Artist

            Verified Buyer

            Pros

            • Compact Design
            • Easy To Use
            • Highly Compatible
            • Improves Performance
            • Professional Quality

            Cons

              Best Uses

              • Complex Projects

              Comments about Formatt Hitech 4x5" Graduated Neutral Density (ND) 0.9 Resin Filter - Soft Edge:

              Modern digital camera "see" only a 5 f-stop range of light when they meter exposure. This often results in blown out skies or dark deep shadows. The graduated neutral density filter helps correct this problem. It allows me to either enrich my skies, or enhance my foregrounds thus creating a more visually balanced photograph. I use it religiously in photographing landscapes of all types. I consider it a must for my photograph. It is easy to use, and most important produces outstanding results. If you are not using one, you should be.

              • Was this a gift?:
              • No

              Share this review

               
              4.0

              Good filter!

              By jack

              from san jose,ca

              Verified Buyer

              Comments about Formatt Hitech 4x5" Graduated Neutral Density (ND) 0.9 Resin Filter - Soft Edge:

              necessary for landscape shooting!

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              (2 of 2 customers found this review helpful)

               
              3.0

              Not the quility I expected

              By LEE Filters Foundation Kit

              from Arizona

              About Me Semi-pro Photographer

              Verified Buyer

              Pros

              • Easy To Use

              Cons

              • Inconsistent Effect
              • Soften images

              Best Uses

              • Exposure balancing
              • Image Manipulation

              Comments about Formatt Hitech 4x5" Graduated Neutral Density (ND) 0.9 Resin Filter - Soft Edge:

              Not quite the quality I expected. Works fantastic for fixing the difficult exposure between the sky and foreground. It fits well in my Lee filter holder. My only complaint is that the images shot through it are softer then the same shot without the filter which is why I gave it 3 stars. I know it is not the most expensive filter but it is not cheap by any means so I expect the image to be just as clear as without it.

              I would still recommend it for balancing exposure as long as you understand your images will not be as clear as just the lens.

              FYI - It can be used on a lens up to 10mm wide but with the Lee setup I have it stats getting a little vignetting which is not the filters fault but rather its size.

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              (1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

               
              5.0

              perfect gear for landscape

              By adonyvan

              from MI

              About Me Photo Enthusiast

              Verified Buyer

              Pros

              • Easy To Use

              Cons

                Best Uses

                • Image Manipulation

                Comments about Formatt Hitech 4x5" Graduated Neutral Density (ND) 0.9 Resin Filter - Soft Edge:

                after some research online, finally choose hitech over cokin GND. used with cokin z holder on my tokina 12-24mm ii lens, and perfect for shooting landscape when sky is much lighter than the foreground. considering buying a hard edge one soon

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                  5.0

                  probably the best choice

                  By Sinisa

                  from Croatia

                  About Me Photo Enthusiast

                  Verified Buyer

                  Pros

                  • Clear Optics
                  • Easy To Use

                  Cons

                    Best Uses

                    • Image Manipulation

                    Comments about Formatt Hitech 4x5" Graduated Neutral Density (ND) 0.9 Resin Filter - Soft Edge:

                    I don't see any difference in images taken with this filter, or with much more expensive Singh Ray or Lee filters that I own, and at the same time it's much better than Cokin. So from now on - it's only Hitech for me.
                    The only downside is that you need to buy an additional protective pouch/wallet because it isn't included with the filter.

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                    4.0

                    Great Effect on landscapes

                    By Marco

                    from Tucson, AZ

                    About Me Semi-pro Photographer

                    Verified Buyer

                    Pros

                    • Easy To Use

                    Cons

                    • Easy to scratch

                    Best Uses

                    • Image Manipulation

                    Comments about Formatt Hitech 4x5" Graduated Neutral Density (ND) 0.9 Resin Filter - Soft Edge:

                    I use it on my Canon 5D and 17-40/4.0.
                    I keep it with my hand in front of the lens for rapid response to changing light at sunsets. Work great. Happy with my purchase.

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                    5.0

                    Sweet for the money!!!

                    By H in S Florida

                    from boynton beach, florida

                    About Me Semi-pro Photographer

                    Verified Buyer

                    Pros

                    • Clear Optics
                    • Easy To Use
                    • Firm Mount
                    • Strong Construction

                    Cons

                      Best Uses

                      • Image Manipulation

                      Comments about Formatt Hitech 4x5" Graduated Neutral Density (ND) 0.9 Resin Filter - Soft Edge:

                      used it for landscapes. it's as neutral as can be and fits into my z-pro holder just perfect. dont know why anyone would spend so much for other filters when this one is ssooo good.

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                      5.0

                      Works Great!

                      By n2_space

                      from Indy

                      About Me Photo Enthusiast

                      Verified Buyer

                      Pros

                      • Clear Optics
                      • Easy To Use
                      • Strong Construction

                      Cons

                        Best Uses

                          Comments about Formatt Hitech 4x5" Graduated Neutral Density (ND) 0.9 Resin Filter - Soft Edge:

                          Works great! No complaints. The type and density are etched into it in the corner making it easy to identify.

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                          5.0

                          Great Filter

                          By mjk

                          from oregon

                          Pros

                          • Durable
                          • Good Value
                          • High Quality

                          Cons

                            Best Uses

                              Comments about Formatt Hitech 4x5" Graduated Neutral Density (ND) 0.9 Resin Filter - Soft Edge:

                              Great filter. Just as neutral as the Singh-Rays I have used.....but about[$]cheaper!! The transition in density is nice and gradual!! This filter is tough and durable regardless of what other reviewers may say!! I'm sure alot of things dont operate correctly at 38 below zero! But someones own error in judgement is no reason to discredit a product!!

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                              5.0

                              Perfect Size for Handholding

                              By Valentino

                              from New Jersey

                              About Me Professional

                              Verified Reviewer

                              Pros

                              • Easy To Use
                              • No Color Cast
                              • Perfect Size and Price

                              Cons

                                Best Uses

                                • Landscape

                                Comments about Formatt Hitech 4x5" Graduated Neutral Density (ND) 0.9 Resin Filter - Soft Edge:

                                I upgraded from the smaller P-size Hitech and Singh-Ray and could not be happier. The size is perfect for handholding where the smaller P-size require much care or a holder. I always use a folded pec-pad when handling to avoid fingerprints. The quality is great, no color cast, and the price is right, about a $100 less than the slightly larger 4x6 Singh-Ray and Lee making this a great deal. My “essentials” Grad-ND kit includes 2 and 3 stop hard and soft.

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                                5.0

                                Works Just Fine

                                By Mike

                                from East Coast USA

                                About Me Hobbyist/Enthusiast

                                Verified Buyer

                                Pros

                                • Easy To Use

                                Cons

                                • None

                                Best Uses

                                • Landscapes

                                Comments about Formatt Hitech 4x5" Graduated Neutral Density (ND) 0.9 Resin Filter - Soft Edge:

                                Gradation is fine, it's neutral, and will work just fine with the Lee System.

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                                (0 of 3 customers found this review helpful)

                                 
                                4.0

                                Hitech 0.9 4x5 Graduated Neutral Filter

                                By Al the magazine writer

                                from Frederick, MD

                                About Me Hobbyist/Enthusiast

                                Verified Buyer

                                Pros

                                • Easy To Use
                                • Lightweight

                                Cons

                                • Case breaks in cold temps
                                • Even resin scratches
                                • Not Durable

                                Best Uses

                                • Everyday use
                                • Landscapes
                                • Outdoor photography
                                • Traveling

                                Comments about Formatt Hitech 4x5" Graduated Neutral Density (ND) 0.9 Resin Filter - Soft Edge:

                                This was a replacement for a Hitech neutral density filter I took with me to Alaska in nearly new condition. I know resin is supposed to be tough and there is no doubt it is tougher than plastic. But I popped it out of its case in Anaktuvuk Pass 150 miles north of the Arctic Circle and promptly dropped it into the ice-covered gravel. Gritty snow clung to it, which doesn't seem so bad until you realize this is tough -38F snow--more like sand. Anyway I came back with a scratch and replaced the filter. As you can see I bought another due to the price but I have yet to wonder if maybe a more expensive one would be still tougher. As for the case, while the temp was -38F, the windchill was -60F. That means if you open the plastic sleeve to remove the filter, the part that folds over the top shatters and drops to the ground. Hope it doesn't make the caribou sick.

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