I’ve been curious for some time now – If I’m being honest slightly sceptical – about whether the Clear Night ﬁlter actually worked and wanted to ﬁnd out for myself if this ﬁlter really did what it claimed. Initially, I questioned why can’t you simply change the white balance in post production, what’s all the fuss about? Let me walk you through my honest, hand-on-heart evaluation of the Haida M10 round “drop-in” Clear Night ﬁlter.
Firstly, I’ll start by explaining a bit about the Haida M10 round “drop-in” ﬁlters which are dedicated to only the Haida M10 ﬁlter holder and released in January 2019. They come in a wide range of sizes to ﬁt most popular lenses in sizes 49, 52, 55, 58, 62, 67, 72, 77 and 82mm. Boasting a choice of Neutral Density ﬁlters ( 3, 6, 10 and 15 stops), Circular Polariser, Clear Night, Graduated Neutral Density ﬁlters (3 and 4 stops) and ND + CPL combi ( 3 and 6 stops). Inserting the ﬁlter into the M10 ﬁlter holder couldn’t be easier, it simply drops between the holder and lens, creating a perfect seal from any stray light with its inbuilt light barrier. If you’d like to learn more about the Haida M10 ﬁlter holder please feel free to read my in depth test review and video click here. It’s almost like gravity does the work for you, so effortless – once you hear the click it’s locked in place.
If you don’t have the M10 ﬁlter holder but would like to try the Haida Clear Night ﬁlter, you can purchase the Haida Nano Pro 100 series Clear Night ﬁlter 100mm x 100mm, 2 mm in thickness, compatible with many of the most popular 100mm ﬁlter holders, including the Haida 100-Pro Filter Holder, and the Lee FK Foundation Kit Filter Holder.
Location and Equipment
This test review was based on a couple of locations in the Scottish Highlands – Using my Canon 5d mark iv ( full frame camera), Canon 16-35mm F2.8 USM L lens, Gitzo tripod, Gitzo ball head and remote trigger. Although I was in a remote area with class one bortel for my seascape image there were still farms and houses dotted around which caused slight light pollution. The second image of the Church had extreme light pollution at the side of a busy main road and class four bortel.
How the Haida Clear- night filter affected my image.
My main goal in testing any ﬁlter will always be for neutrality and sharpness. I want it to replicate what my eyes saw without any strange colour cast which has been an issue for me in the past with a couple of other ﬁlter brands. I was experimenting with different exposure times without a ﬁlter to achieve the best focus and placement of stars to begin with but never completely happy. However, as soon as I popped on the Haida Clear Night ﬁlter everything changed and I was smiling from ear to ear. Instant clarity, almost like a polarising effect which replicated what I was actually viewing, incredible true to life colours and rid of the horrible warm tones which you can easily see in the raw ﬁles below. The sky appears clearer and stars intensify with the ﬁlter on. It signiﬁcantly improved the optical clarity, contrast, colour and quality throughout the whole image not to mention unbelievable sharpness and no vignetting which made me feel elated. This was great and super easy to use combined with the Haida M10 ﬁlter holder which is a dream to use.
The Haida M10 round “drop-in” Clear Night ﬁlter made terriﬁc improvements blocking the yellow sodium-vapor light which is the horrible yellow/orange coloured casts often generated from light pollution in the night sky resulting in a lovely cool tone which is something I prefer to portray on a cold dark night. This also made my post processing super easy and fast.
Design and construction
I particularly liked the design of the plastic holder that the round glass sits in, making it ultra easy to drop in and remove from the ﬁlter holder without any disturbance to the composition even with clumsy gloves on and numb fingers. Constructed from high quality optical glass providing the best ever clarity. Each ﬁlter has ten layers of anti-reﬂective coatings of ultra thin Nano coatings on both sides. Waterproof, meaning any built up condensation from the cold literally rolls off like beads with a quick wipe of a soft microﬁber lens cloth, no ugly smears and also scratch-proof. Most importantly for me, preserves image sharpness, which let me tell you is second to none. As with all of the M10 ﬁlter range it has a built-in light gasket which seals to the M10 Holder and prevents any unwanted light leakage.
Images below showing straight-out-of-camera (Canon 5d mark iv and Canon 16-35mm USM L Lens) @16mm -With-without-M10 round “drop-in” Clear Night filter. No post processing on either. Demonstrating how the ﬁlter has retained every bit of sharpness and made the stars pop straight off the night sky with a stunning cool tone.
Without ﬁlter ISO 2500, F2.8, 20 seconds . With M10 round “drop-in” Clear Night ﬁlter ISO 2500, F2.8, 22 seconds.
Finally post processed in Adobe Creative Cloud.
Location- County of Argyll & Bute, Scotland.
Images below showing straight-out-of-camera (Canon 5d mark iv and Canon 16-35mm USM L Lens) @16mm -With-without-M10 round “drop-in” Clear Night filter. No post processing on either and the same white balance on both.
Without ﬁlter ISO 3200, F2.8, 15 seconds . With M10 round “drop-in” Clear Night ﬁlter ISO 3200, F2.8, 15 seconds.
Finally post processed in Adobe Creative Cloud
Location – West coast of Scotland.
Where are the ﬁlters assembled
All Haida ﬁlters are assembled in their own optical workshop located in the beautiful Port City of Ningbo, China.
Where can I purchase this filter from
All the Haida equipment I’ve mentioned above can be purchased direct from Haida’s European distributor Haida Germany shop for excellent service.
Overall this will remain in my ﬁlter case and used in absolutely every night sky I shoot. Im super impressed the way it added a further dimension to my night photography and would highly recommend to a friend. The M10 round “drop-in” Clear night ﬁlter is the perfect companion for night skies, don’t leave home without it. Thank you Haida for saving the day yet again for me.
I hope this provides you some useful information. Please feel free to ask me any questions. More info and my test reviews on Haida’s website.
If you would like to see more of my work;
500px, Facebook, Viewbug, Instagram
“All rights reserved” © Jenny Cameron 2019.