Haida filters have been on the market for quite a few years now and the quality of their filters have greatly improved and are now on par with other leading filter manufacturers, and in the last two years I have been replacing my Neutral Density (ND) and Neutral Density Graduated (ND) filters with Haida filters as I’ve found them to be of exceptional value.
In this review, I will be sharing my thoughts on the quality of the Haida 6, 10 and 15stop 100mm ND filters, as these are the ND filters that I’ve been using to capture my landscape images for quite some time now and have found them to be of a very high quality.
Haida only use high-quality optical glass with Nano coating in their ND filters which protects the filter against scratches and water marks, Haida ND filters also have a foam gasket around the edge of the filter to prevent light leaking into the filter.
So let’s get down to testing these three Haida ND filters
I chose this scene as it would easily allow people to see any flaws that these ND filters have and also show that sharpness is not compromised when using these ND filters. These images were taken with my Nikon D7500 and Tokina 11-20mm lens at 11mm which equates to 16.5mm on a Full Frame DSLR like the Nikon D750, and were shot in “raw” with no editing performed on them apart from resizing them for this review.
Haida 6stop ND filter
The 6stop Haida ND filter is my go-to ND filter for most of my sunrise and sunset images as it prolongs the exposure just enough to smooth out the water or clouds in the image without lengthening the exposure to much.
There is a slight shift in the White Balance in this image taken with the Haida 6stop ND filter, which makes the image slightly cooler. This was easily adjusted in when I edited this image to correct the slightly bluish colour cast.
Haida 10stop ND filter
The 10stop Haida ND filter is best used in the early morning or late afternoon while there is still a fair amount of light around as the exposure times can lengthen very quickly one the light fades. It can also be used during the day when you’re wanting to have the clouds streak in the sky or to smooth out the water surface in your image. As an example an image taken without any filter at 1/15 seconds would give you an exposure time of 1 minute using the 10stop ND filter, if your exposure is already 1 second the exposure time jumps up to 16 minutes.
There is no noticeable shift in the White Balance in this image taken with the Haida 10stop ND filter, which is remarkable, as 10stop ND filters are quite prone to having colour cast. There is some vignetting in the corners of the image, but this is quite acceptable considering that you’re capturing such a wide scene. The vignetting was easily removed when the image was edited in Lightroom CC.
Haida 15stop ND filter
The 15stop Haida ND filter is best used while the sun is still shining, as the exposure times of your image will be in the minutes and not seconds. For example; The image below was taken 50 minutes before sunset and the exposure time was 8 minutes at f11, ISO100, compared to 1/100 seconds at f11, ISO100 without the 15stop ND Filter on a cloudy summer’s afternoon.
There is very little shift in the White Balance in this image taken with the Haida 15stop ND filter, which again is remarkable, as ND filters of this strength are quite prone to having colour cast.
There is though quite a bit of vignetting in the outer thirds of the image, but this is acceptable considering that you’re capturing such a wide scene and the vignetting was easily removed when the image was edited in Lightroom CC.
A 15stop ND filter isn’t the type of ND filter you’d be using every time you go out. But it’s a ND filter I like to have when the conditions are right for using it.
- I use Haida ND Glass filters as I’ve found them to be close to colour neutral (very little colour cast), and for Landscape Photographers this is important as some ND filters have a magenta colour cast which is very difficult to remove when you’re editing your image.
- I chose to use Haida filters based on quality and price. Haida filters are about 2/3rd the price of NiSi filters and are as good in quality and performance when it comes to reproducing the scene with minimal change to the colours and no reduction in sharpness of the scene which is very important.
- I’m not paid nor sponsored by Haida Filters, I chose to use their filters because I believe that they offer exceptional value for money.
I am sharing my personal thoughts and opinion on these Haida ND filters to show other Photographers who are looking at buying ND filters that these ND filters are worth at the very least a second glance and may be just what they are looking for.
3 images taken with the Haida 6, 10 and 15stop ND Filters
This image was taken about 5 minutes before sunrise at Deception Bay at f14, ISO100 with an exposure time of 65 seconds.
This image was taken at the Woody Point Jetty at sunset at f11, ISO100 with an exposure time of 105 seconds.
This image was taken about 30 minutes before sunset at Lake Somerset at f11, ISO200 with an exposure time of 4.5 minutes.