I love testing and trying new equipment. I’ve always been happy with my Hoya circular ND filters but in any photographers kitback the use of graduated filters are a must. Prior to using the new Kase wolverine series I have been using a Formatt- Hitech firecrest 0.9 and to date was really happy with this. I very excited to try the Kase. I’ve read great reviews and I’ve heard claims they are the best.
What are graduated filters?
In a nut shell they limit the light coming through the glass. A graduated filter does this by being darker at one end (0.9) and gradually getting lighter to allow natural light to travel through. Why is this useful ? I am sure at some point you have all taken a photograph where the foreground looks amazing but the sky has turned a horrible white colour that looks nothing like what you see with your eye. This is because the camera cannot expose for both. This is why the ND grads are very helpful. They help control the sky and allow for a more balanced exposure.
Since using a ND grad, I cannot believe how I got by without one before and certainly couldn’t go without one now.
First impressions of the Kase unpacking were great. The filter comes in a really hand carry pouch. The quality of the filter feels great and one thing I love about it is that the corners have round edges. I cannot tell you how many filters I have cracked or chipped after catching a sharp edge corner on something. (which is easily done when you are trying to handle one on a cold, freezing and windy morning)
How did the filter perform ?
I’ve got to say it was absolutely excellent. There was no colour casting at all which made post work very easy and simple. The quality of the graduation was very good and It was easy to get a nice balanced exposure. It definitely out performed by Formatt – Hitech filters.
Heres an example of the shot Using the filter and one without. As you can see the graduated filter has retained a lot of the colour in the sky and brought out much more detail. These shots were taken about 30 seconds apart. It is much easier to control and process the sky in post production using a graduated filter.
Here are a few examples of shots I have taken using the filter. All shots were taken at flamborough using a Canon 6D, 16-35 F4 lens.