If you've ever decided not to use neutral density filters because they're too bulky to carry for travel or they're simply not well designed and a hassle to use, believe me I've been there too but Kase Filters changed my mind! And one of the reasons why I chose to become a Kase Filters Global Ambassador was because I was impressed by their commitment to constant innovation in improving their filter products.
So with that in mind, I was excited to try out the new Kase Filters Magnetic Filter Kit which for the first time includes a fully adjustable Graduated Neutral Density Filter. I already own an 82mm Professional ND kit which doesn't include a graduated filter and I use this a lot when hiking or when balanced in precarious spots when I don't want to use the bigger K9 square system kit, so I was keen to see just how well the new kit and holder works to include a GND for those high dynamic range scenes when you need to balance out the exposure between sky and foreground in your scene.
Other standard magnetic kits which come with a GND are very limited in that once you attach the GND filter it's in a fixed position with the top half of your image darker and the bottom half brighter so to adjust where the filter effect is you literally have to move your camera up and down to compensate, which may not suit your composition or scene.
The clever design of the new holder means you can move the GND up and down once it's attached and fully rotate it as well!
Now you're ready to shoot beautiful long exposures!
To see the kit in action and example images, check out my video review below:
To see the effects of using the kit, here are my example shots:
Are there any disadvantages to using this kit over the K9 100mm square system which contains the same components but is bigger and bulkier and takes longer to set up? The only disadvantage I have noticed is that there is some vignetting at the widest angles (i.e. 16-18mm if you are shooting with a 16-35mm lens), which doesn't happen on a square system because the whole system sits more flush against the camera. However, you're likely to find that the convenience of carrying such a compact, lightweight kit especially when hiking/travelling and trying to reduce space & weight will outweigh the downside of losing 1-2mm at the widest end of your shots in most circumstances.
If you already own a 77mm or 82mm Entry or Professional ND Kit you can simply upgrade with the New Holder Kit & GND from $349.99.
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