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Schneider 4x5.65" Graduated Neutral Density (ND) 0.6 Water-White Glass Filter - Soft Edge with Vertical Orientation

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The Schneider 4x5.65" Graduated Neutral Density (ND) 0.6 Glass Filter enables the shooter to adjust exposure without affecting color balance. Neutral density filters are available in 1, 2, 3, or 4 stops to suit individual situations.

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. This filter enables cloud detail to be kept correctly exposed in the picture.

Determining which graduated neutral density filter yields ideal results for any given lighting situation takes knowledge, experience and a collection of such filters. Choose the filter strength which adjusts the lighting to stay within the exposure latitude (greatest difference between bright/dark values) which still shows details in both of the digital or film medium in use.

Speaking generally, the 2-stop value (ND 0.6 - the filter's clear portion allows 4x more light to pass vs. darkest portion) effectively compensates average bright sky-to-foreground situations, and the soft transition is applicable more often to a scene than the hard transition

The Soft or Hard label indicates the degree of color graduation. Horizontal/Vertical indicates the direction of the graduation.

Note! Graduated Neutral Density filters are available in 1-4 stops with 4 stops having the greatest effect

Neutral Density filters have four main uses

To enable slow shutter speeds to be used, especially with high speed films, 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
High-Quality Construction
Schneider Graduated Color filters feature crystal clear, water-white optical glass, protected against edge-chipping and delamination by Schneider's unique Edge Seal, which also significantly reduces edge reflections and flare

Schneider Quality Control

Schneider filters are ground and polished to a precise flatness and plane parallelism
Because all Schneider filters are designed and manufactured with the highest possible degree of consistency, you can swap like filters mid-shoot with no discernible variation in color or effect

Neutral Density factors

ND.3 (exposure adjustment = 1 stop, reduces ISO 1/2)
ND.6 (exposure adjustment = 2 stops, reduces ISO 1/4)
ND.9 (exposure adjustment = 3 stops, reduces ISO 1/8)
ND1.2 (exposure adjustment = 4 stops, reduces ISO 1/16)
Type Graduated Neutral Density
Size 4x5.65" (100 x 140 x 4 mm thick)
Grade 0.6
Soft/Hard Edge Soft Edge
Horizontal/Vertical Orientation Vertical
Filter Factor Increase exposure by 2-stops - Transmits only 25% of light
Multi-Coated Yes
Rotating No
Effect Balanced light intensity from one part of a scene to another
Application Nature, Travel, Outdoor photography; To maintain light control, as in bright contrasting landscapes; i.e. bright sky, dark foreground
Color Temperature Not Specified by Manufacturer
Construction Water White Schott Glass
Front Filter Thread Size Not Applicable
Front Lens Cap Size Not Applicable
Schneider 4x5.65" Graduated Neutral Density (ND) 0.6 Water-White Glass Filter - Soft Edge with Vertical Orientation
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    5.0

    Glass is worth it.

    By Matt - The Irenabyss Gallery

    from Tasmania. Australia

    About Me Casual Photographer

    Verified Buyer

    Pros

    • Clear Optics
    • Soft Case
    • Truly neutral

    Cons

    • Cost
    • Weight

    Best Uses

      Comments about Schneider 4x5.65" Graduated Neutral Density 0.6 Water-White Glass Filter:

      This is my first glass ND grad filter for use in the Lee rectangular filter holder. I have used several acrylic filters (Lee, Singh Ray) - nothing wrong with these except they mark very easily. Also contrary to popular opinion, I feel the Singh Ray grads have a blue cast (the Lee ones were spot on).
      The Schneider filter is solid (180g in provided protective case) and at 4mm thick will probably survive a fall onto most natural surfaces except rock. It is truly neutral and best of all you can clean it with a lens cloth in the field without smudging it. To me this is worth the weight and cost as once you start using it in drizzle and rain you can wipe it clean and shoot without getting that contrast reducing film that the acrylic ones develop.
      Note the Lee foundation kit can be configured out of the box to accept one 4mm filter and one 2mm filter, however the slotted hoods can only take a 2mm filter.

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