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Formatt Hitech 85mm Neutral Density (ND) 1.2 Resin Filter - for Cokin P

B&H # FOND1.2CP Mfr # HT85ND1.2
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Hitech Neutral Density gels are available in small increments and have many uses. They offer the possibility to achieve otherwise unachievable results. ND filters appear grey and reduce the amount of light reaching the film. They have no effect on color balance. They have four main uses: 1) To enable slow shutter speeds to be used, especially with high speed films, to record movement in subjects such as waterfalls, clouds, or cars. 2) To decrease depth of field by allowing wider apertures to be used, which helps separate subjects from their background. 3) To decrease the effective ISO of high speed film (above ISO 400) and allow it to be used outdoors in bright situations. 4) 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.

This filter measures 85 x 85mm and fits the Cokin P series holder and the Hitech "P" series holder.

These filters are available in increments from 1/3 stop to 4 stops exposure reduction.

Neutral Density factors:

ND .10 (exposure adjustment = 1/3 stop)

ND .20 (exposure adjustment = 2/3 stop)

ND .30 (exposure adjustment = 1 stop)

ND .60 (exposure adjustment = 2 stops)

ND .90 (exposure adjustment = 3 stops)

ND 1.2 (exposure adjustment = 4stops)

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Formatt Hitech85mm Neutral Density (ND) 1.2 Resin Filter for Cokin P
 
4.1

(based on 14 reviews)

Ratings Distribution

  • 5 Stars

     

    (5)

  • 4 Stars

     

    (7)

  • 3 Stars

     

    (1)

  • 2 Stars

     

    (0)

  • 1 Stars

     

    (1)

93%

of respondents would recommend this to a friend.

Pros

  • Easy to use (11)
  • Clear optics (4)

Cons

    Best Uses

    • Image manipulation (4)
      • Reviewer Profile:
      • Photo enthusiast (6), Semi-pro photographer (6)
      • Was this a gift?:
      • No (10)

    Most Liked Positive Review

     

    Works fine if you need it

    The first part of my review addresses whether you actually need this product or not, since that is a key part of any buying decision. I bought this filter for a waterfall shoot,...Read complete review

    The first part of my review addresses whether you actually need this product or not, since that is a key part of any buying decision. I bought this filter for a waterfall shoot, so I could slow down the shutter speed to emphasize water movement. Once on location, howerever, I found that I never needed it. With the ISO set to 100, aperature at f/16 or f/22 and a circular polarizer my shutter speeds were plenty slow. In fact, I had to increase ISO and open up a stop on several occasions. So in my case, I didn't need it.

    So how does this filter perform? On a different day, I visited a local lake to test it out. There were some nice fall colors, but the water was choppy and the reflections were poor. I used the 4-stop ND filter with the polarizer to slow the SS way down - around 8 seconds. The water movement became a pleasingly soft surface with a hint of reflected colors. This created a more 'dreamy' affect.

    Conclusion: You have to analyze your own needs and intended purpose for buying a 4-stop ND filter. If you want a slight blur to moving water, then adjusting your camera settings is probably all you need. But if you want a really slow SS, then it makes sense to get this filter. I did notice the magenta color cast others have mentioned. It seemed to show up once you get past 3 or 4 seconds. Artistically, You might like that. If not, fixing it in post processing is not hard. All in all, this filter does what its supposed to do. Quality seems fine and the price is reasonable. I gave it 4 stars due to the magenta cast (not truely Neutral).

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    Most Liked Negative Review

     

    Consumer grade, but works

    I use this filter during really bright conditions when I need a really long shutter speed. For example, when I need a 3 second exposure of a waterfall, but lowest ISO gives me...Read complete review

    I use this filter during really bright conditions when I need a really long shutter speed. For example, when I need a 3 second exposure of a waterfall, but lowest ISO gives me 1/60.

    The filter gets the job done, but it's far from being professional quality. It gets scratched easily, it always attracts a lot of dust, and it has a weird discoloration in the coating right in the middle. The image quality is not affected, but I consider that a minus in a filter, since it's supposed to be uniformly transparent.

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    5.0

    Excellent filter

    By Scott

    from Kansas

    About Me Semi-pro Photographer

    Verified Buyer

    Pros

    • Clear Optics
    • Easy To Use
    • Strong Construction

    Cons

    • None

    Best Uses

    • Image Manipulation

    Comments about Formatt Hitech 85mm Neutral Density (ND) 1.2 Resin Filter for Cokin P:

    Works as advertised, no problems, haven't noticed any color tints.

    • Was this a gift?:
    • No

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    4.0

    Perfect for most

    By Brian

    from Philadelphia, PA

    About Me Semi-pro Photographer

    Verified Buyer

    Pros

    • Easy To Use

    Cons

      Best Uses

      • Image Manipulation

      Comments about Formatt Hitech 85mm Neutral Density (ND) 1.2 Resin Filter for Cokin P:

      I like to use ND filters for slower shutter speeds and this provides exactly that! Inexpensive filter that gets the job done, but as with most ND filters there is a color cast that is easily removed with photoshop.

      • Was this a gift?:
      • No

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      5.0

      Great filter, great price

      By GB

      from Montreal, Quebec

      About Me Photo Enthusiast

      Verified Buyer

      Pros

      • Easy To Use

      Cons

        Best Uses

          Comments about Formatt Hitech 85mm Neutral Density (ND) 1.2 Resin Filter for Cokin P:

          Fits perfectly in the Cokin P holder and great for landscape photography.

          • Was this a gift?:
          • No

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          5.0

          excellent ND

          By leaf

          from Arlington, VA

          About Me Photo Enthusiast

          Verified Buyer

          Pros

          • Clear Optics
          • Easy To Use

          Cons

            Best Uses

            • Color Correction

            Comments about Formatt Hitech 85mm Neutral Density (ND) 1.2 Resin Filter for Cokin P:

            cheap but nice, strong build, fits all lenses

            • Was this a gift?:
            • No

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            (0 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

             
            4.0

            It's new for me, but good

            By John

            from Washington DC

            About Me Semi-pro Photographer

            Verified Buyer

            Pros

            • Easy To Use

            Cons

              Best Uses

              • Color Correction

              Comments about Formatt Hitech 85mm Neutral Density (ND) 1.2 Resin Filter for Cokin P:

              Use it for sunset

              • Was this a gift?:
              • No

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              5.0

              Great bang for you buck

              By Ryan

              from PA

              About Me Semi-pro Photographer

              Verified Buyer

              Pros

              • Clear Optics
              • Easy To Use
              • Strong Construction

              Cons

                Best Uses

                  Comments about Formatt Hitech 85mm Neutral Density (ND) 1.2 Resin Filter for Cokin P:

                  These Hitech filters are very nice, although made of plastic they don't seem to affect image quality at all. I'm not experiencing any magenta hues or anything odd.

                  • Was this a gift?:
                  • No

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                  4.0

                  Great for the price

                  By G-LIMITED

                  from San Francisco, CA

                  About Me Photo Enthusiast

                  Verified Buyer

                  Pros

                  • Above Average Quality
                  • Easy To Use
                  • Firm Mount
                  • Solid construction

                  Cons

                  • Easy to get dirty
                  • Slight warm color cast

                  Best Uses

                  • Image Manipulation
                  • Long Exposure

                  Comments about Formatt Hitech 85mm Neutral Density (ND) 1.2 Resin Filter for Cokin P:

                  I bought this filter to test out ND/GND filters and now I'm hooked. For the price it can't be beat. In the future I may purchase Lee/Singh-Ray since I know those are optically better but for my amateur use these filters work great for now. The slight negatives are that they do cast a warm color which can be pretty easily fixed in post-processing and they tend to get dirty a bit quickly if you're not careful. However, it's a small price to pay if you're just getting into using these filters.

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                  • No

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                  (1 of 2 customers found this review helpful)

                   
                  4.0

                  Very Good ND Filter

                  By RB

                  from WI

                  About Me Semi-pro Photographer

                  Verified Buyer

                  Pros

                  • Clear Optics
                  • Easy To Use
                  • Firm Mount

                  Cons

                  • No Carrying Case
                  • Slight Color Cast

                  Best Uses

                    Comments about Formatt Hitech 85mm Neutral Density (ND) 1.2 Resin Filter for Cokin P:

                    Filter gives a very slight magenta & blue cast while shooting in natural light, less of a cast than Cokin filters, easily correctable but takes an extra moment in Raw processing. The diagonally cut corners make this filter easier to insert into filter holder, but do cut down your maximum wide angle view before they become visible in frame (around 19-21mm 35mm equivalent). The filter also only comes in a cheap plastic sleeve, so plan on owning a filter wallet or pouch to carry these around in.

                    Overall a very nice filter.

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                    • No

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                    (4 of 4 customers found this review helpful)

                     
                    4.0

                    Works fine if you need it

                    By JeffL

                    from Chester County, PA

                    About Me Photo enthusiast

                    Verified Buyer

                    Pros

                    • Easy To Use

                    Cons

                      Best Uses

                      • Special affects water

                      Comments about Formatt Hitech 85mm Neutral Density (ND) 1.2 Resin Filter for Cokin P:

                      The first part of my review addresses whether you actually need this product or not, since that is a key part of any buying decision. I bought this filter for a waterfall shoot, so I could slow down the shutter speed to emphasize water movement. Once on location, howerever, I found that I never needed it. With the ISO set to 100, aperature at f/16 or f/22 and a circular polarizer my shutter speeds were plenty slow. In fact, I had to increase ISO and open up a stop on several occasions. So in my case, I didn't need it.

                      So how does this filter perform? On a different day, I visited a local lake to test it out. There were some nice fall colors, but the water was choppy and the reflections were poor. I used the 4-stop ND filter with the polarizer to slow the SS way down - around 8 seconds. The water movement became a pleasingly soft surface with a hint of reflected colors. This created a more 'dreamy' affect.

                      Conclusion: You have to analyze your own needs and intended purpose for buying a 4-stop ND filter. If you want a slight blur to moving water, then adjusting your camera settings is probably all you need. But if you want a really slow SS, then it makes sense to get this filter. I did notice the magenta color cast others have mentioned. It seemed to show up once you get past 3 or 4 seconds. Artistically, You might like that. If not, fixing it in post processing is not hard. All in all, this filter does what its supposed to do. Quality seems fine and the price is reasonable. I gave it 4 stars due to the magenta cast (not truely Neutral).

                      • Was this a gift?:
                      • No

                      Share this review

                       
                      4.0

                      Does the job

                      By ken547

                      from CA

                      About Me Semi-pro Photographer

                      Pros

                        Cons

                          Best Uses

                            Comments about Formatt Hitech 85mm Neutral Density (ND) 1.2 Resin Filter for Cokin P:

                            There is a slight color cast with this filter. But it is easily correctable. Nowhere near the same effect as a cheap flea bay filter. So you do get your moneys worth at least.

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                            • No

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                            (0 of 2 customers found this review helpful)

                             
                            1.0

                            Big mistake

                            By rOOmak

                            from FL

                            About Me Photo Enthusiast

                            Verified Reviewer

                            Pros

                              Cons

                                Best Uses

                                  Comments about Formatt Hitech 85mm Neutral Density (ND) 1.2 Resin Filter for Cokin P:

                                  It is NOT NEUTRAL. Filter gives Maganta tones. Good only for B&W

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                                  5.0

                                  Nice filter

                                  By JD

                                  from Philly

                                  About Me Photo Enthusiast

                                  Verified Buyer

                                  Pros

                                  • Easy To Use

                                  Cons

                                    Best Uses

                                    • Image Manipulation

                                    Comments about Formatt Hitech 85mm Neutral Density (ND) 1.2 Resin Filter for Cokin P:

                                    make sure you look into the lvl of ND you want in advance

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                                    (3 of 3 customers found this review helpful)

                                     
                                    3.0

                                    Consumer grade, but works

                                    By thru_hiker

                                    from Belmont, CA

                                    About Me Semi-Professional

                                    Verified Buyer

                                    Pros

                                    • Cheap
                                    • Gets the job done

                                    Cons

                                    • Bad QA
                                    • Easily scratched

                                    Best Uses

                                    • Long shutter when bright

                                    Comments about Formatt Hitech 85mm Neutral Density (ND) 1.2 Resin Filter for Cokin P:

                                    I use this filter during really bright conditions when I need a really long shutter speed. For example, when I need a 3 second exposure of a waterfall, but lowest ISO gives me 1/60.

                                    The filter gets the job done, but it's far from being professional quality. It gets scratched easily, it always attracts a lot of dust, and it has a weird discoloration in the coating right in the middle. The image quality is not affected, but I consider that a minus in a filter, since it's supposed to be uniformly transparent.

                                    Share this review

                                    (2 of 2 customers found this review helpful)

                                     
                                    4.0

                                    Does the job

                                    By Jchpix.dk

                                    from Ilulissat, Greenland

                                    About Me Semi-Professional

                                    Verified Buyer

                                    Pros

                                    • Easy To Use

                                    Cons

                                    • No pouch

                                    Best Uses

                                    • Everyday use

                                    Comments about Formatt Hitech 85mm Neutral Density (ND) 1.2 Resin Filter for Cokin P:

                                    Cheap filter that does the job nice.
                                    No colour tint as I have seen with Colkin filters.

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