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

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Formatt Hitech 85mm Graduated ND 1.2 Resin Filter - Soft Edge - for Cokin P

Formatt Hitech 85mm Graduated ND 1.2 Resin Filter - Soft Edge - for Cokin P Filter Effect

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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.

This filter measures 85 x 107mm and fits the Cokin P series 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 Hitech85mm Graduated ND 1.2 Resin Filter - Soft Edge - for Cokin P
 
4.7

(based on 17 reviews)

Ratings Distribution

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Pros

  • Easy to use (12)
  • Professional quality (5)
  • Improves performance (4)
  • Clear optics (3)
  • Compact (3)

Cons

    Best Uses

    • Image manipulation (5)
    • Landscape/scenery (4)
      • Reviewer Profile:
      • Enthusiast (4), Photo enthusiast (3)
      • Was this a gift?:
      • No (10)

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    5.0

    Great Product!

    By KTP

    from Kannapolis NC

    About Me Pro Photographer

    Verified Buyer

    Pros

    • Compact
    • Durable
    • Easy to Use
    • Great Picture Quality

    Cons

      Best Uses

      • Landscape/Scenery
      • Weddings/Events

      Comments about Formatt Hitech 85mm Graduated ND 1.2 Resin Filter - Soft Edge - for Cokin P:

      Good to use to keep from blowing out your sky in the shot.

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      5.0

      Really Helped to control lighting issues

      By Just a Hobby

      from Houston, Texas

      About Me Casual Photographer

      Verified Buyer

      Pros

      • Lightweight

      Cons

        Best Uses

        • Landscape/Scenery

        Comments about Formatt Hitech 85mm Graduated ND 1.2 Resin Filter - Soft Edge - for Cokin P:

        This has really helped to control my lighting issues, however I wish it had some way to clip it on. Not easy to hold and shot at the same time.

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        • No

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        5.0

        Hitech Grad. ND 1.2 Soft Edge Filter

        By photofisherman

        from Blacksburg, Virginia

        Verified Buyer

        Pros

        • Easy To Use
        • Improves Picture Quality

        Cons

          Best Uses

          • Shooting Outdoors

          Comments about Formatt Hitech 85mm Graduated ND 1.2 Resin Filter - Soft Edge - for Cokin P:

          I was looking for a more affordable but high quality four stop graduated ND filter that would fit a Cokin P holder.. I had bought another well known and much more expensive brand in the past but still needed a four stop filter. In an effort to save money I tried the Hitech brand and have been very satisfied. I was concerned that this filter was shorter than the brand I had been buying but this has not proven to be an issue. This is a great filter at a very affordable price.

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          5.0

          Great Value

          By Nature lover

          from Ohio

          About Me Photo Enthusiast

          Verified Buyer

          Pros

          • Clear Optics
          • Easy To Use

          Cons

            Best Uses

            • Color Correction
            • Image Manipulation

            Comments about Formatt Hitech 85mm Graduated ND 1.2 Resin Filter - Soft Edge - for Cokin P:

            A very good quality filter at a reasonable price.
            Works great!

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            5.0

            Neutral, Good Quality, Good price

            By Steve

            from Virginia

            About Me Amateur

            Verified Buyer

            Pros

            • Cheap
            • Compact Design
            • Highly Compatible
            • Improves Performance
            • Neutral
            • Professional Quality

            Cons

            • Short

            Best Uses

            • Controling dynamic range
            • Outdoor landscapes

            Comments about Formatt Hitech 85mm Graduated ND 1.2 Resin Filter - Soft Edge - for Cokin P:

            I purchased this filter to replace a broken singh-ray ND grad, which are pretty much the standard in ND grads. The singh-rays are way expensive for what they are (a piece of plastic) so I thought I would try out the Hitechs to save some cash. It seems to be as neutral as the singh-ray and just as high quality. They are a bit shorter than other p-series size filters, but this has not turned out to be a problem for me, and I am using them on 77mm filter-thread lenses. If you need a high quality set of ND grads you should check these out.

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            (2 of 2 customers found this review helpful)

             
            4.0

            Reliable Filter

            By Manoj Vallati

            from Peoria,IL

            About Me Professional Artist

            Verified Buyer

            Pros

            • Easy To Use
            • Professional Quality

            Cons

            • Lacks Functionality

            Best Uses

            • Complex Projects

            Comments about Formatt Hitech 85mm Graduated ND 1.2 Resin Filter - Soft Edge - for Cokin P:

            The filter is good for clean skies, if its overcast or there are clouds ,a magenta/reddish cast is present on the images.. The intensity of this depends on the filter.. My first one had deep cast so got it returned.. The replacement is far better.. so watch out..

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            4.0

            Does the job well, Watch out for cast

            By spaceguy

            from Peoria,IL

            About Me Professional Artist

            Verified Buyer

            Pros

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

            Cons

              Best Uses

                Comments about Formatt Hitech 85mm Graduated ND 1.2 Resin Filter - Soft Edge - for Cokin P:

                It does the job well compared to cokin filters.. I got a filter that had this magenta/reddish cast on cloudy/white skies days...So I replaced and the new one had considerably lesser color cast...you need to live with it.. On clear sky days the filter works like a charm , no color cast whatsoever.. Enjoying the new filter.

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                4.0

                Excellent filter

                By Tony D.

                from Plano, TX

                Verified Buyer

                Pros

                • Easy To Use
                • Professional Quality

                Cons

                  Best Uses

                    Comments about Formatt Hitech 85mm Graduated ND 1.2 Resin Filter - Soft Edge - for Cokin P:

                    I have a full set of these filters for my Cokin P filter holder. I like these more than the Cokin filters, yet they're smaller than the Lee filters. So, they're easier to carry in a smaller pouch.

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                    5.0

                    Superb GND, great low cost!

                    By Damon

                    from Tahuya, WA

                    About Me Hobbyist

                    Verified Buyer

                    Pros

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

                    Cons

                      Best Uses

                      • Landscape

                      Comments about Formatt Hitech 85mm Graduated ND 1.2 Resin Filter - Soft Edge - for Cokin P:

                      I bought this to use in addition to my 0.9 Hitech GND and the filter is flawless- I LOVE IT!

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                      5.0

                      Hitech GND 1.2 Soft Edge for Cokin P

                      By Horus

                      from District of Columbia

                      About Me Hobbyist

                      Verified Buyer

                      Pros

                      • Improves Performance

                      Cons

                      • None

                      Best Uses

                      • Complex Projects
                      • Independent Films

                      Comments about Formatt Hitech 85mm Graduated ND 1.2 Resin Filter - Soft Edge - for Cokin P:

                      I use this product in the hazy skies of Washington, DC which are often. The fine quality of the filter and the 4 stops of darkness are great for dakening the skies and maintianing good optics. Best for use when clouds are visible. Definitely worth the money.

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                      4.0

                      Good result for the price

                      By Fotochip

                      from Detroit, MI

                      About Me Hobbyist

                      Verified Buyer

                      Pros

                      • Easy To Use

                      Cons

                        Best Uses

                          Comments about Formatt Hitech 85mm Graduated ND 1.2 Resin Filter - Soft Edge - for Cokin P:

                          A few things to be careful when handling, it is plastic and it will scratch easier than glass, it is thin enough and it might be stacked up with other filters.

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                          • No

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                          4.0

                          Perfect for tough light

                          By Big Red Dog

                          from Aspen, CO

                          About Me Pro Photographer

                          Verified Buyer

                          Pros

                          • Easy To Use
                          • Strong Construction

                          Cons

                          • Scratches easy

                          Best Uses

                          • Image Manipulation

                          Comments about Formatt Hitech 85mm Graduated ND 1.2 Resin Filter - Soft Edge - for Cokin P:

                          Great for creating a dramatic sky when it's grey out.

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                          5.0

                          excellent GND filter, this is a dark one

                          By Ty in AZ

                          from AZ

                          About Me Semi-pro Photographer

                          Verified Buyer

                          Pros

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

                          Cons

                            Best Uses

                              Comments about Formatt Hitech 85mm Graduated ND 1.2 Resin Filter - Soft Edge - for Cokin P:

                              no scratches yet after several trips into the desert, be sure to treat it like the delicate item it deserves and it will serve you well

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                              (1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

                               
                              5.0

                              Great Product

                              By RodrigoP

                              from Rio de Janeiro, Brazil

                              About Me Semi-pro Photographer

                              Verified Buyer

                              Pros

                              • Easy to carry
                              • Easy To Use
                              • Firm Mount

                              Cons

                                Best Uses

                                • Image Manipulation
                                • Landscapes

                                Comments about Formatt Hitech 85mm Graduated ND 1.2 Resin Filter - Soft Edge - for Cokin P:

                                This filter is a great use in landscape photography to help controlling situations with a high contrast latitude.
                                Hitech filters are as good as other expensive filters and i didn´t notice at this point any colour cast.

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                                5.0

                                my favorite filter

                                By Steve

                                from Portland, Oregon

                                About Me Photo Enthusiast

                                Verified Buyer

                                Pros

                                • Puts sky back in photo

                                Cons

                                • Slight flare sometimes
                                • Slight image degradation

                                Best Uses

                                • Image Manipulation
                                • Landscapes

                                Comments about Formatt Hitech 85mm Graduated ND 1.2 Resin Filter - Soft Edge - for Cokin P:

                                Actually, I have only used it a little bit so far, but it most likely will be a key player in my filter collection. I say that because I already have the Hitech soft ND graduated 0.9 filter and it has been my favorite. I love the effect so much, that I wanted just a little more, so went for the 1.2.

                                This filter is a great way to bring the sky and clouds back into the photo when they would have otherwise been blown out. I have noticed a slight degradation in image quality, and sometimes a little flare, but the upside easily cancels that out. Over and over again the 0.9 filter (and now hopefully the 1.2) has done the job...the sky is so important!

                                At first I was using the Cokin brand graduated ND, and as you may see from other reviews, there is a tendency towards purple discoloration, its not really neutral (the Cokin). The hitech is better in that department. However, with either brand, the effect will amaze, especially once you learn the best conditions for it.

                                This is even better than a circular polarizer to bring in the clouds and sky.

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                                (1 of 2 customers found this review helpful)

                                 
                                5.0

                                Great for BLENDING skies and 4grounds

                                By Richard Canino

                                from New York, NY

                                About Me Photo Enthusiast

                                Verified Buyer

                                Pros

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

                                Cons

                                  Best Uses

                                  • Image Manipulation

                                  Comments about Formatt Hitech 85mm Graduated ND 1.2 Resin Filter - Soft Edge - for Cokin P:

                                  I love this filter. Last week in Big Sur I used it every day for landscape / seascape shots. The sun was shining brightly the entire week, and without this (and another 0.6 filter attached) I never could've got the shots I did - would've had to shoot twice and blend in post.

                                  One suggestion - go with this or a 0.9, whether Hard Edge or Soft. I find the 0.6 (1/3 stop) insufficient for bright sunlight. Many shots I used both together.

                                  Another suggestion: try using Live View if your cam has it. It can make positioning the filter much easier, provided you're working off a tripod. You are using your tripod aren't you?!

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                                  (2 of 2 customers found this review helpful)

                                   
                                  5.0

                                  Good quality for the price

                                  By Jim

                                  from Richmond, VA

                                  About Me Hobbyist/Enthusiast

                                  Verified Buyer

                                  Pros

                                  • Improves Product Function
                                  • Lightweight

                                  Cons

                                    Best Uses

                                    • Landscape
                                    • Sunny pictures
                                    • Traveling

                                    Comments about Formatt Hitech 85mm Graduated ND 1.2 Resin Filter - Soft Edge - for Cokin P:

                                    This is a lifesaver in bright sunlight - it's too strong for anything other than a bright, sunny day or sunrise/sunset, but it's perfect at that. Also big enough you can use it as a straight ND 1.2 if you adjust it properly.

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