Formatt Hitech 72mm Graduated Neutral Density (ND) 0.9 Filter

Formatt Hitech 72mm Graduated Neutral Density (ND) 0.9 Filter

Formatt Hitech 72mm Graduated Neutral Density (ND) 0.9 Filter

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Formatt Hitech BF 72-SEND.9GHD overview

  • 1Description

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
UPC: 719821301103
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Formatt Hitech 72mm Graduated Neutral Density (ND) 0.9 Filter
  • One-Year Warranty
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    • 1Description

    Formatt Hitech BF 72-SEND.9GHD specs

    Filter Type Graduated ND
    Graduation Type Soft Edge
    Density 0.9 (3 Stops)
    Shape Circle
    Circular Size 72 mm
    Rotating Yes
    Front Accessory Thread / Bayonet Unthreaded
    Filter Material Glass
    Coatings None
    Packaging Info
    Package Weight 0.2 lb
    Box Dimensions (LxWxH) 4.331 x 4.252 x 1.575"

    Formatt Hitech BF 72-SEND.9GHD reviews

    72mm Graduated Neutral Density (ND) 0.9 Filter is rated 4.3 out of 5 by 14.
    Rated 3 out of 5 by from Not quite what I expected The glass element is nice, solid and the gradient is fine. However, the metal used and the finishing touches are below the quality standards that I expected form this brand. The glass element is loose and rotates freely in relation to the metal ring. I had to prevent that form happening by creating pressure with some thin paper to fill in the space (ghetto solution if you ask me). Since I'm form Chile, the price I paid including shipping makes it unthinkable to return this item.All in all, the final result isn't bad, but the overall quality of the product is questionable.
    Date published: 2013-12-13
    Rated 5 out of 5 by from What an AMAZING effect! I never thought I would invest in an ND filter, but now I am asking why I didn't take the plunge earlier, so to speak. I recently did a photoshoot of some landscapes and projects that my company worked on and decided to test out the ND filter. Well, the washed out skies that I have experienced in the past were no longer washed out. They looked great, and it was nice to not have to consider using HDR bracketing to be able to capture blue skies. If you are even thinking about ND filters, you should think no longer and make the investment. I would definitely consider, though, the 0.9 or 1.2 filter.
    Date published: 2012-02-22
    Rated 5 out of 5 by from Helps with bight contrasty landscapes I use this in bright contrasty landscapes to help prevent washed-out or over-exposed skies or dark, under exposed foregrounds. This filter helps to reveal cloud detail while keeping more correctly exposed forgrounds. Which graduated neutral density filter you need depends on the given situation and will take some experience to determine. It can be used to add detail to a drab sky, create a more balanced exposure in uneven lighting conditions, or to improve color rendition in bright, contrasty situations.
    Date published: 2011-07-18
    Rated 2 out of 5 by from Good glass, poor construction quality I'm very disappointed in the construction quality of this filter. Far below what I normally get out of Hoya or B+W. The glass itself is of good quality, and produces nice images, but I would have liked to see the filtered (darkened) portion taking up more of the filter; I guess I made my own bed there by not getting a square filter and mount. What I can't forgive Formatt for, though, is the shoddiness of the mounting ring. The ring around the glass is metal, and solid enough, but the threaded connector ring is a cheap flimsy plastic. It is very thin and difficult to handle, and it is impossible to screw in tightly as the plastic bends and pops out of the lens's threading if you put a medium amount of pressure on it. Also, the way the two rings are connected is poorly constructed, and the rings wobble around in relation to each other, in all directions. It's very loose. Overall, I expected a much better product at this price.
    Date published: 2016-08-07
    Rated 4 out of 5 by from No threads for stacking No threads for stacking
    Date published: 2011-11-21
    Rated 4 out of 5 by from Good For The $ I love graduated ND filters, and I don't go landscape shooting without them. They allow me to keep a Fstop that I want, without sacrifices highlights and/or my shadows. I like the Formatt Graad Filter because it is not a hard grad, and even softer than most soft grads, so it isn't noticeable in your final image. This I love, however, I'm not wholly convinced it is a .9 ND, probably more like a .6, but either way, it does the job I need it to do on the majority of occasions, and I can't complain about having one in my kit, as I use it with almost all landscapes!
    Date published: 2015-08-18
    Rated 5 out of 5 by from Good results On a recent trip to the southwest deserts, this filter did a wonderful job of balancing photos in high contrast landscape situations. It gave good correction to tame high glare rocky landscapes and bright sky/shaded foreground shots. I have not had the problem another reviewer experienced with it unscewing from the lens while using it. I always turn it and my polarizer in the direction that tightens the threads.
    Date published: 2012-04-20
    Rated 5 out of 5 by from Another valuable tool for the aresenal This is a necessary tool for landscape photos where there's a lot of contrast between the subject and the background (sky or snowy field, perhaps). For example, I have found it makes a big difference in metering on a shaded lighthouse when the sky & lake are nearly white or light gray... This way, my highlights are not blown out by the time I get the right exposure on my subject.
    Date published: 2013-02-13
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