I am considering the B+W 10-stop ND 3.0 and Hoya 9-stop ND400 filters, which sell for $60 and $50 at the 52mm size, respectively. Has anyone used either or both of them? If so, could you testify as to their color cast, vignetting, and reduction in sharpness? (Personally, the 1-stop difference doesn't matter to me.)
In the end, which one would you recommend? I am also open to other suggestions up to $100.
#1. "RE: B+W ND 3.0 vs. Hoya ND400" | In response to Reply # 0newbird Nikonian since 25th Apr 2006Thu 28-Feb-13 11:10 PM
I have the Hoya ND400 and I selected it last year because I found a couple of web blogs that showed it was the filter with the smallst amount of color cast. It has only a small green cast which isn't bad in forested areas.
One thing to consider is the quasi-impossibility to focus when the filter is on the lens. It is so dark that I wonder if one extra stop wouldn't be too much.
I also use 2 and 3 stop SinghRay 4x6 filters when I want faster speeds, with or without CPL.
If I find one of the blog references I saw, I'll post it here.
Quebec Fine-Art Landscape Photographer
#2. "RE: B+W ND 3.0 vs. Hoya ND400" | In response to Reply # 0ata3001 Registered since 01st Mar 2007Sat 02-Nov-13 03:32 PM
I also have the Hoya ND400 & find it's excellent. No issues with color cast, vignetting or sharpness. Mine get used alot, very often with a polarizer. The polarizer cuts the reflections. There are apps to calculate exposure times as well as included timers.. The only negative is needing to compose, focus & adjust the polarizer before adding the ND filter. No one says it's easy but the resulting image certainly is worth the effort.
This image used both the ND400 & a polarizer. The waves were subdued by the use of these filters.
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