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Formatt Hitech 77mm Graduated Neutral Density (ND) 0.6 Filter

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Formatt Graduated Neutral Density HD Filters enable the shooter to adjust exposure without affecting color balance. Exposure can be increased by 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.

Soft/hard indicates the degree of transition.

A standard set of ND's is 0.3, 0.6, 0.9 and 1.2. This represents 1 to 4 stops of light reduction 1

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

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)

Formatt Grads are Available in Four Types

Soft Edge - Half clear, half colored with a smooth transition to full density. Generally used with medium to wide angle lenses
Hard Edge - Half clear, half colored with a definite less subtle transition. For use with long focal length lenses
Razor Edge - As hard edge but with a solid transition line for shooting corners of buildings, knife-edge horizons or when a very bold transition is required
Blender - The grad line is right at one edge of the filter so the color change runs from top to bottom. Perfect for irregular objects and skylines
Type Graduated Neutral Density
Size 77mm
Grade 0.6
Filter Factor 2-stops - Reduces ISO 1/4
Multi-Coated Not Applicable
Rotating Yes
Effect Balanced light intensity from one part of a scene to another
Application Nature, Travel, Outdoor photography; to maintain light control, as in bright contrasty landscapes; i.e. bright sky, dark foreground
Color Temperature Not Applicable
Construction Schott-Desag B270 Crown Optical Glass
Front Filter Thread Size None
Front Lens Cap Size 77mm
Formatt Hitech 77mm Graduated Neutral Density (ND) 0.6 Filter
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    Formatt Hitech77mm Graduated Neutral Density (ND) 0.6 Filter
     
    3.8

    (based on 6 reviews)

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    of respondents would recommend this to a friend.

    Pros

    • Clear optics (4)
    • Easy to use (3)

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        4.0

        Good quality product

        By Montygm

        from Australia

        About Me Pro Photographer

        Verified Buyer

        Pros

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

        Cons

          Best Uses

          • Landscape/Scenery

          Comments about Formatt Hitech 77mm Graduated Neutral Density (ND) 0.6 Filter:

          No colour cast which is a huge bonus. Last filter I bought from the net had an incredible amount of magenta tinge and was a real pain having to correct each shot. This one I am happy to say was nicely neutral. The box that people keep talking about that it comes with it was quite a surprise. No round plastic holder as usually comes with most circular filters when you buy them, but a flimsy cardboard box with the filter wrapped up in tissue paper inside. Very odd given the price. Not a deal breaker, but it would have been nice if one was provided for storage in your camera bag. The top part of the polariser was nice enough as far as density is concerned but I would have preferred if it when down a bit further rather than just the top quarter only.

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          4.0

          Beat fiddling around on Photoshop

          By Tom

          from Geraldton, Western Australia

          About Me Photo Enthusiast

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          Pros

          • Clear Optics
          • Easy To Use
          • Firm Mount

          Cons

            Best Uses

            • Color Correction
            • Image Manipulation

            Comments about Formatt Hitech 77mm Graduated Neutral Density (ND) 0.6 Filter:

            Does what is says, I much prefer to mount a filter when taking pictures in the bush then fiddling around on Photoshop once I reach my home - since I use it on my Sigma 10-20mm I can't use the poly ND filters.

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            2.0

            Cheap feel, exchanged for Tiffen.

            By Rafaelito

            from Guam

            About Me Semi-pro Photographer

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                  Comments about Formatt Hitech 77mm Graduated Neutral Density (ND) 0.6 Filter:

                  I'm not necessarily giving it two starts because it came scratched - there was a noticeable scratch on it when it arrived out of the box, but its two stars because it felt really cheap.I could barely clean the glass with a fiber cloth, it felt very plastic-y.Then, the spinning mechanism really felt cheap.When the tiffen came in, I felt the quality difference right away in the spin and the glass.The price difference of <[$]really pushed me to get it, and would have opted for the Tiffen (as I have many filters from them) that are great. Perhaps if a Hoya version was available, I'd go with them. My polarizer from Hoya spins much more smoothly, but I suppose it isn't a horrible issue since 360° over 77mm isn't too devastating. Opt for more household brand, or try this to save the money and see if you get a better product than I did.

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                  4.0

                  Good filter

                  By John

                  from Philadelphia, PA

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                  Pros

                  • Clear Optics
                  • Strong Construction

                  Cons

                    Best Uses

                      Comments about Formatt Hitech 77mm Graduated Neutral Density (ND) 0.6 Filter:

                      Good filter for wide-angle lens. Would not recommend for anything past 50mm. The filter's packaging leaves much to be desired, and the filter itself was dirty upon arrival. Can be tricky to stack onto a UV filter.

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                      4.0

                      Love it

                      By genos

                      from lancaster pa

                      About Me Casual Photographer

                      Verified Buyer

                      Pros

                      • Clear Optics
                      • Easy To Use

                      Cons

                      • Poor lens hood fit

                      Best Uses

                      • Color Correction
                      • Exposure correction

                      Comments about Formatt Hitech 77mm Graduated Neutral Density (ND) 0.6 Filter:

                      I love this thing. It makes skies come out perfectly. A plus, or a minus depending on weather or not you have a hood, but this filter has a little stick off the side to rotate it. It can get in the way of your hood.

                      Its also deep enough to fit my lenscap.

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                      5.0

                      Very good GND Filter at a good price.

                      By MarkD

                      from NYC

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                      Pros

                      • Clear Optics
                      • Consistent Effect
                      • Easily Mounted
                      • Firm Mount
                      • Strong Construction

                      Cons

                        Best Uses

                        • Darkening the sky

                        Comments about Formatt Hitech 77mm Graduated Neutral Density (ND) 0.6 Filter:

                        Darkens the sky without looking unnatural. If you shoot landscapes or cityscapes this is a very useful filter.

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