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Haida filters in depth review –by Aharon Amram

 

As a landscape photographer one of my dreams was to travel to the Lofoten islands in northern Norway that are known as a heaven of landscape photography.

Places like Skagsanden and Uttakleiv Beachs and the fascinating villages of Reine and Hamnoy were part of the sites I visited.

 

Since I use high quality filters for long exposure landscape shots, I decided to try and test the new HAIDA NANO filters.

I tested the 6 stops and 10 stops 150X150 NANO ND filters that I got from the local HAIDA distributor.

 

The gear that I used:

Nikon D850 body

Nikkor  14-24/2.8

 

The filters are attached to the lens with a very robust metal Haida holder that is specifically designed for the Nikon wide angle lens.

 

 

And now for the test:

The parameters that were tested are:

  • Sharpness
  • Vignetting
  • Color cast

 

I will present the results for each filter side by side with the image without the filter.

 

HAIDA NANO 6 stops 150x150  ND

 

 

 

Original

With 6 Stops ND Filter

 

 

 

Lens

Nikkor 14-24

ISO

 64

Aperture

16 mm

Exposure

1/15 sec

5 sec

 

 

HAIDA NANO 10 stops 150x150  ND

 

Original

With 10 Stops ND Filter

Lens

Nikkor 14-24

ISO

 64

Aperture

16 mm

Exposure

1/25 sec

13 sec

 

 

 

Sharpness:

The images bellow are 150% zoom.

 

HAIDA NANO 6 stops 150x150  ND

 

 

Original:

 

 

With Filter:

 

 

HAIDA NANO 10 stops 150x150  ND

Original:

 

With Filter:

 

 

The results looks sharp as much as the originals.

 

 

Vignetting:

HAIDA NANO 6 stops 150x150  ND

HAIDA NANO 10 stops 150x150  ND

 

 

 

There is no vignetting.

 

 

 

Color Cast:

 

The results showed a slight warm color cast.

I must say that in some cases i don’t even correct the color cast at all, because i like the warm tones and the images looks very natural.

 

 

 

 

Summary:

  1. In terms of sharpness and vignetting I see no difference between the original image and the images with the filters.

      2.   The color cast is very minimal and the result looks very natural and can be easily fixed.

      3.   Nano coat - this is a great innovation comparing to the previous version. It gives        

Resistance to dirt and scratches.

As a landscaper i often tend to shoot at the beach where there are water drops and

Thanks to the Nano coat it’s very easy to clean the filter just with a towel.

In Conclusion:

I was very impressed by the quality of the filters and from now on it’s a part of my toolbox in the field.