For a very long time I’ve been using a Tiffen 77mm circular ND1000 filter for my long exposure photography.
As you probably all know I’m predominately a black and white photographer, with this in mind, colour cast has never been a big issue for me. Lately though I’ve been straying into colour photography territory far more often and problems have arisen!
The Tiffen 77mm has a very prominent magenta colour cast, and I’ve struggled with removing it in Lightroom during post processing. It is possible but I just don’t feel I’m left with natural looking tones.
Here’s a sample of the Tiffen filter taken RAW from camera, all i’ve applied in post is some noise reduction.
As you see, a very heavy magenta colour cast.
Enough is enough, I’ve decided to move to 100mm filters instead. I waded through review after review of all of the leading brands but in the end decided to try a middle price bracket, fairly new brand, K&F Concept.
To be honest, I was very pleasantly surprised by the quality of the product when it arrived. The packaging is exceptional, a foam-lined box, padded leather filter holder, and the filter itself wrapped in a protective wrapper and tissue paper.
The ND1000 filter itself seems to be a very high quality, weighty glass, but what about the final images?
Well first of all lets take a look at a control shot, no filter, and just a touch of noise reduction.
Then let’s see the first shot through the K&F Concept 100mm ND1000
Just WOW, I call that pretty much neutral!
I’ve been converted by K&F Concept, I shall certainly be looking to add a graduated ND to my collection based on the performance of the ND1000.
I bought my filter via Amazon for £41.99, a fantastic purchase!