Jenny Cameron

Professional Landscape Photographer known for her unique, creative and evocative style based in the northern Scottish Highlands.

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Haida NanoPro Magnetic GND 0.9 Evaluation Featured

Introduction

Welcome to my test review- Haida NanoPro Magnetic GND 0.9. Testing for sharpness, magnetic attraction strength, ergonomics, vignette, colour cast and practicalities. Ideal for photography & videography.

Location

Various regions of the Northern Highlands, Scotland. Where Eagles soar over magnificent coastlines, lochs and mountains.

Equipment used for testing

Canon 5d mark (iv), Canon 16-35mm F2.8 (iii) lens, Canon 70-200mm F2.8 (ii) lens, Gitzo tripod and ball head and Adobe Creative Cloud software.


Haida Magnetic Adapter ring

Construction

The magnetic adapter ring is made exclusively from aluminium for strength & light-weight.

Design & practicalities

Firstly, screw on the correct sized magnetic adapter ring. It screws onto the lens very easy & smoothly. This super slim adapter ring is made entirely from aluminium for strength and lightweight. From my experience, this helps with any unnecessary vignettes when shooting at wide angles. Once this is in place you’re ready to start adding filters. This can be conveniently left on permanently if you have the Magnetic lens cap which I discuss further on.

Sizes available

52, 55, 58, 62, 67, 72, 77 & 82mm. Step-up rings are also available in sizes 67-77mm and 77-82mm.

I’m using an 82mm on my Canon 16-35mm F2.8 (iii) lens and a 77-82mm Step-up ring for my Canon 70-200mm F2.8 lens.


What is a Graduated neutral density filter (GND)?

I’m sure every landscape photographer can relate to the failings of photographing a sunset/sunrise. You expose for the sky & the foreground is too dark- Expose for the foreground & the sky is too bright, we’ve all been there. This is due to our eyes having a much wider spectrum than a digital camera sensor. However, do not worry, there is an easy fix by using a Graduated Neutral Density filter such as this one. Start by placing the darkest part of the filter over the brightest area in the scene (usually the sky) you can reduce the difference between the two different exposures and balance the entire scene resulting in a very pleasing final image.

How to attach the GND filter onto your lens?

Couldn’t be easier. Simply, offer the filter up to the magnetic adapter ring on your lens & you’ll instantly feel the magnetic pull which is very strong.

Will it blow off in a strong wind?

I’ve been using Haida magnetic NDs for over a year now & never had one drop off even on the wild west coast of the Outer Hebrides’, Atlantic Ocean.

Construction.

The frame part is constructed from Industrial Aluminium making it super strong and extremely lightweight. The glass is made from high-quality K9 optical glass for clarity and colour fidelity with a double-sided NanoPro coating.

Ergonomics.

Two words spring to mind- “speed and convenience“. The ability to add/swap filters fast can make or break a potentially great image as you’re not wasting time screwing on the adapter ring then filter holder, followed by filters, it really is time-consuming. With magnetic filters, you can literally add in one second then if you change your mind & want to try a different one it’s extremely fast & easy, with no stress at all.

Stackable.

This is ideal & something I find myself doing often. I like to pair any of the magnetic ND’s/GND with a Polariser. It’s possible to stack up to four filters with this system including other brand magnetic filters. So far, I haven’t felt the need to stack more than three but that’s purely personal taste. I’ve been enjoying the Haida NanoPro Magnetic ND3 (10 stop) and stacking this GND (3 stop) on top of it which gives me a total of 13 stops that graduate softly downwards from the sky which produces a very nice effect.

What is NanoPro?

NanoPro is a waterproof multi-coating on the filter glass, which helps prevent dirt and smudges from adhering to the glass & reduces reflection. Applied to both sides of the filter and helps prevent colour cast while maintaining excellent image sharpness. Highly scratch-resistant, durable, can be used underwater and super easy cleaning.

Weight?

Based on 82mm filter = 18g.

Whats in the box?

A see-through plastic case with an internal shaped foam insert to keep your filter protected. One Haida NanoPro Magnetic Graduated ND0.9 & one Haida Magnetic Adapter ring.

Thoughts on image quality

Absolutely no vignetting. Zero colour cast & most importantly to me ultimate sharpness corner to corner.

Personal Likes

  • A nice soft transition from dark to light creating natural looking blending of light.
  • Clear to read text on the outside edge making it easy to select in the filter case.
  • Incredible tonality, contrast & sharpness.
  • Ultra-easy to attach and remove without any disturbance to the composition.
  • Increased dynamic range.
  • Well built, feels sturdy & the glass part doesnt rattle.
  • Conviently placed grips on the outer circumference making it easy to swap/remove.
  • No evidence at all of vignetting or colour cast.

Personal Dislikes

  • I’m really nit-picking, as there aren’t any real dislikes & I’m struggling to think of any. However, there is one small issue when I first started using the magnetic filters especially with the GND & Polariser when you have to turn them whilst attached to the lens to achieve the best exposure is touching the glass with my greasy fingertips. It’s quite difficult when your hands are shaking in the cold winds, although it’s easily rectified thanks to the NanoPro coating with a quick wipe with a soft microfibre cloth.
  • The magnetic family is limited, Id like to see some higher density NDs in the near future.

Comparative images below-showing straight-out-of-camera- (Canon 5d mark iv and Canon 16-35mm (iii) lens). Without/with Haida NanoPro Magnetic GND 0.9 (3 stop).

Without filter- ISO 100, F8, 1 second @35mm- With filter- ISO 100, F8, 7 seconds @35mm.

Without/ with filter

Finally post-processed in Adobe Creative Cloud.

Behind the scenes

Showing- Haida NanoPro Magnetic GND 0.9 on the front with Haida NanoPro Magnetic CPL stacked behind.

Comparative images below-showing straight-out-of-camera- (Canon 5d mark iv and Canon 70-200mm (ii) lens). Without/with Haida NanoPro Magnetic GND 0.9 (3 stop).

Without filter- ISO 100, F16, 1/250 @168mm- With filter- ISO 100, F16, 1/30 @168mm.

Without/with filter

Finally post-processed in Adobe Creative Cloud.

Behind the scenes


Magnetic lens cap

What I particularly love about this is- If you leave the Magnetic Adapter ring on your lens you can simply pop on the Magnetic Lens cap and pack it away conveniently in your bag- knowing it won’t get misplaced, lost, everything is secured and less time-consuming for your next shoot. Please note these are sold separately and not included with a single filter purchase but I really do recommend having for each of your lenses.


Images taken with Haida NanoPro Magnetic GND 0.9 (3 stop)

The image above Exif- ISO 200, F7, 1/2 @35mm. Post-processed in Adobe Photoshop.
The image above Exif- ISO 100, F8, 1/60 @70mm. Post-processed in Adobe Photoshop.

Haida magnetic zipped filter case

  • Holds up to 5 filters.
  • External dimensions- 121x121x47mm (LxWxH).
  • Filter size- 82mm.
  • Materials- PU Leather and Polyester.
  • Weight- 98.9g.
  • Conveniently clips onto your trousers or belt loop.
Available to purchase separately

Overall conclusion

In my mind, this magnetic system is a total game-changer & the way forward in the world of ND filters. The Haida magnetic family have it all. What I’d really like to see is a wider range of ND filters, my personal favourite would be a mighty 12 or 15 ND filter & more GND’s. I will most definitely be recommending them to my photography friends & workshop students. There’s no going back for me, magnetic all the way.

If you would like to read my recent test review of the Haida NanoPro Magnetic ND3.0 (10 stop) click here.

All Haida filters are assembled in their own optical workshop located in the beautiful Port City of Ningbo, China. “Haida” in English translates to “All rivers run into the sea, all rivers flow to one”. If you’d like to visit their website , Facebook  or Instagram.

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I hope this provides you with some useful information. Please feel free to ask me any questions or contact me below or Facebook Messenger.

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Haida NanoPro Magnetic ND 10 stop Evaluation Featured

Introduction

Welcome to my test review- Haida NanoPro Magnetic ND 3.0 ( 10 stop). Testing for sharpness, magnetic attraction strength, ergonomics, vignette, colour cast and practicalities. A very useful and popular choice for landscape photographers & videographers.

Location

The wild & untamed Scottish Highlands, United Kingdom.

Equipment used for testing

Canon 5d mark (iv), Canon 16-35mm F2.8 (iii) lens, Canon 70-200mm F2.8 (ii) lens, Gitzo tripod and off-set ball head and Adobe Creative Cloud software.


Magnetic Adapter Ring

Construction

The magnetic adapter ring is made exclusively from aluminium for strength & light-weight.

Design & practicalities

It screws onto the lens very easy & smoothly. The super slim design helps with any unnecessary vignettes when shooting at wide angles. This can be conveniently left on permanently if you have the Haida magnetic lens cap which I discuss further on.

Sizes available

52, 55, 58, 62, 67, 72, 77 & 82mm. Step-up rings are also available in sizes 67-77mm and 77-82mm. I’m using an 82mm on my Canon 16-35mm F2.8 (iii) lens and also a 77-82mm Step-up ring for my Canon 70-200mm F2.8 lens.


What is a ND 3.0 ?

In simple terms, neutral density filters are a piece of darkened glass placed in front of the lens to block light from reaching the image sensor. It’s used to darken the whole image evenly from top to bottom allowing you to use a wider aperture or slower shutter speed than you would without the filter.

Creative “in-camera” effects

Resulting in some lovely artistic effects such as silky smooth water and streaky clouds.

Tips & tricks

Just remember whilst shooting long exposures that any other moving elements in your scene other than sky and water such as tree branches, foliages & people may also be moving and not stay sharp. So, what I recommend is to take one long exposed image for the sky and/or water then remove the filter and take another photo with a fast shutter speed for example trees/foliage, as they will most likely be moving in the wind. Then blend together in post-processing achieving the best of both worlds in your final image.

Buy cheap- buy twice!

The downside of long exposures can be compromised image quality, for example- heavy vignettes, unwanted noise & strange colour casts. Therefore, having the best optical glass possible is crucial. No point in spending thousands of pounds on a Canon L glass lens then throwing a cheap filter in front of it. I cannot stress the importance of investing in a great set of filters to make all your images shine.

Design & practicalities

The innovative design of the magnetic attraction has been a real game-changer for me, in fact, I rarely use others these days. These last few months I’ve been testing this filter, I solely used Haida NanoPro magnetic filters, something I’ve never done before. It allowed me to go super lightweight instead of lugging around a bulky filter holder and all the other heavier filters.

Ergonomics

Two words spring to mind- “speed & convenience“. Being able to swap/add filters quickly can make or break a potentially great image, as your not wasting time screwing on the adapter ring then the filter holder followed by filters, it really is time-consuming. Whereas with magnetic filters you can literally add or remove a filter in one second, then if you change your mind & want to try a different one it’s extremely fast & easy.

What is NanoPro?

NanoPro is a waterproof multi-coating on the filter glass, which helps prevent dirt and smudges from adhering to the glass & reduces reflection. Applied to both sides of the filter and helps prevent colour cast while maintaining excellent image sharpness. Highly scratch-resistant, durable, can be used underwater and super easy cleaning.

Construction

The frame part is made from Industrial Aluminium making it super strong & extremely lightweight. The glass part is made from high-quality K9 optical glass for clarity and colour fidelity with a double-sided NanoPro coating.

Stackable

It’s possible to stack up to four filters with this system including other brand magnetic filters. So far, I haven’t felt the need to stack more than three filters but that is purely personal taste. I found a nice combination of adding a Haida NanoPro Magnetic Polariser as it really helps the sky/clouds pop if the sun is sitting at the correct angle.

Haida NanoPro Magnetic ND 3.0 with Haida NanoPro Magnetic CPL stacked behind.

Whats in the box?

A see-through plastic case with an internal shaped foam insert to keep your filter protected and one Haida NanoPro Magnetic ND 3.0 (10 stop).

Actual filter out of the box. Haida NanoPro Magnetic ND3.0 (10 stop).

One Haida Magnetic Adapter ring.


Likes

  • Well built, feels sturdy & the glass part doesn’t rattle.
  • No color cast worries.
  • A big plus- zero light leakage thanks to the design.
  • Clear texted eteched onto the outside edge of the filter making it easy to read & select.
  • Super lightweight.
  • Incredible tonality, contrast & sharpness corner to corner.
  • Ultra-easy & fast to attach and remove without any disturbance to the composition.
  • Conviently placed grips on the outer circumference of the filter making it easy to swap/remove.

Dislikes

  • Easy to get fingerprint marks on the glass, allthough quickly rectrified with a soft micro-fibre cloth thanks to the NanoPro coating.
  • Some light vignetting at 16mm although soon disapears at 18mm & upwards.

Images- Without/with Haida NanoPro Magnetic ND3.0 (10 stop)

Comparative images below-showing straight-out-of-camera- (Canon 5d mark iv and Canon 70-200mm (iii) Lens). Without/with Haida NanoPro Magnetic ND 3.0.

Without filter- ISO 100, F11, 1/30 @70mm- With Haida NanoPro Magnetic ND 3.0- ISO 100, F11, 25 seconds @70mm.

Without/ with filter

Finally post-processed in Adobe Creative Cloud.

Behind the scenes


Comparative images below-showing straight-out-of-camera- (Canon 5d mark iv and Canon 16-35mm (iii) Lens). Without/with Haida NanoPro Magnetic ND 3.0.

Without filter- ISO 100, F8, 1/40 @16mm- With Haida NanoPro Magnetic ND 3.0- ISO 100, F8, 29 seconds @16mm.

Without/ with filter

Finally post-processed in Adobe Creative Cloud.

Location – Remote Loch in the Scottish Highlands.

Behind the scenes


Haida Magnetic Lens cap

What I particularly love about this is- If you leave the Magnetic adapter ring on your lens you can simply pop on the Magnetic lens cap and pack it away conveniently in your bag- knowing it won’t get misplaced, lost, everything is secured and less time-consuming for your next shoot.

Please note, these are sold separately.

Haida magnetic zipped filter case

  • Holds up to 5 filters.
  • External dimensions- 121x121x47mm (LxWxH).
  • Materials- PU Leather and Polyester.
  • Filter size- 82mm.
  • Weight- 98.9g.
  • Conveniently clips onto your trousers or belt loop.
Filter case is sold separately

Images taken with Haida NanoPro Magnetic ND 3.0 (10 stop)

The image above Exif- ISO 200, F7, 1/2 @35mm. Post-processed in Adobe Photoshop.
The image above Exif- ISO 100, F9, 1/4 @18mm. Post-processed in Adobe Photoshop.

Conclusion

All in all, the quality of this filter is equal to all my other Haida filters including the Haida M10 range & the older style NanoPro’s- However, the beauty of the magnetics is they are an absolute pleasure to work with & so much easier.

After spending the past year testing a selection of Haida Magnetic filters I’m absolutely sold on the whole system. So much so, the majority of the times I’m on a shoot these days whether it’s for landscape or equine the only filters I take with me are magnetic.

I will most definitely be recommending them to my photography friends & workshop students.

There’s no going back for me, Haida magnetics all the way.

If you would like to read my test review of my recent Haida NanoPro Magnetic GND 0.9 (3 stop) click here.

All Haida filters are assembled in their own optical workshop located in the beautiful Port City of Ningbo, China. “Haida” in English translates to “All rivers run into the sea, all rivers flow to one”. If you’d like to visit their website , Facebook  or Instagram.

If you would like to see more of my work; Follow me on Facebook , Instagram , Viewbug YouPic & 1X.

I hope this provides you with some useful information. Please feel free to ask me any questions or contact me below or Facebook Messenger.

If you would like to see more of my work; Follow me on Facebook Instagram & 1X

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Step-up rings simply explained without techy jargon

What is a Step-up Ring?

A Step-up ring is basically a thin metal or plastic ring which increases the lens diameter. Simply screws directly onto your lens then the adapter ring for your chosen filter screws on top. This allows you to attach a larger filter size so you don’t have to buy or carry multiple filters for each of your different sized lenses.

It doesn’t have to break the bank balance?

Have you been put off going down the filter route for fear of it being too costly as you have different sized lenses and don’t wish to break the bank buying separate filters for each? How about if I told you there is a way you can use one filter on multiple lenses? Simply find your largest thread size and purchase a Step-up ring/s for the rest.

How to measure your lens for the correct filter size.

It may seem obvious, however for newbies just starting out this can be very confusing. So, for the avoidance of doubt- Lens diameter is not the same as focal length. Lens diameter is a physical measurement on the front part of your lens. On my Canon lens the diameter is etched on the inside of the front of the lens ( image example below). Identifiable by a circle with a line right through the middle with a number at the side, this is the measurement needed to select the correct filter size- Alternatively, you could go old school and get your ruler out to measure the diameter in millimetres.

What to buy?

When buying Step-up ring/s, the goal is to find the thinnest and strongest compound if you want the best optical quality in the final image. If the ring is too thick it makes the gap between lens and filter too wide which causes all types of issues from vignette, sharpness is compromised, possibility of light leaking. The Haida ones I use are Aluminium and I’ve never had any problems. One more tip, to avoid vignetting, make sure the filter size is larger than the lens size.

Is it possible to stack Step-up rings?

Yes, it is possible to stack Step-up rings on top of each other, however this is something I highly do not recommend as it increases the distance between filter and lens which can cause vignetting and/or ghosting. All in all bad practice!

To conclude

Step-up rings are probably the cheapest photography accessory I own and the most useful. Well worth investing in and will save you some pennies but make sure it’s good quality, don’t go for the cheapest.

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I hope you found this helpful and simple to understand. Any further questions/advice I’m more than happy to help.

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