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

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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 16 reviews)

Ratings Distribution

  • 5 Stars

     

    (11)

  • 4 Stars

     

    (5)

  • 3 Stars

     

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100%

of respondents would recommend this to a friend.

Pros

  • Easy to use (11)
  • Professional quality (5)
  • Improves performance (4)
  • Clear optics (3)
  • Firm mount (3)

Cons

    Best Uses

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

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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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      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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          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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                        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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                            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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                              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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                                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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