Hitech ND Pro 10 Stop Review

hitech pro nd 10 stop

As I mentioned in an earlier post, Hitech (Format Filters) were kind enough to send me their brand spanking new 10 stop filter to write review on. As I am a major camera gadget geek, I was very excited to be able to play with this. This is a big step up from my welding glass I had used previously. (Welding glass is a very cheap alternative).
The above image is a panoramic made up of 5×86 second exposures using the Hitech Pro ND 10 stop, which equals a 7 min panoramic.
For the full review and sample images click below to read more.
Whats New?
Hitech have started from the ground up with their new Pro 10 stop filter. The filter has been designed from scratch using a new CR39 resin which is more resistant to IR than their previous filter was. The pro 10 stop also comes with a gasket to prevent light leakage simulare to Lee’s.
Hitech (Format Filters) are made in the Welsh Valleys. All the materials used in this filter are sourced from the UK, this could possibly mean the end of the never ending queue Lee seem to “love”.
The new Pro Stop will be available in 85mm and 100mm , the 85mm will make a lot of Cokin users happy, as the 85mm filter will give them a inexpensive way of capturing long exposures. The 100mm comes with a 1.5mm gasket for Lee holders also a 3mm version will be available for Hitech holders aswel.
Lets See The Goods Then

Hitech Pro 10 Stop Gasket

Hitech Pro 10 Stop Case

Hitech Pro 10 Stop Case

Hitech Pro 10 Stop

Hitech Pro 10 Stop

The Hitech Pro 10 Stop is simular to the other Hitech filters I have previously reviewed, but built with a brand new type of resin (CR39). This helps to block out the IR that digital sensors have trouble with at long exposures. The Filters themselfs are still easy to scratch but are alot more sturdier than the glass ones, so if you drop them you may not have such an expensive bill.
The Gasket is very usefull as it stops light from leaking into the lens and ruining the shot. As I stated above, you have a few options with either a 1.5mm or a 3mm gasket dependant on your holder.
Instead of just releasing the Pro 10 Stop Hitech have created a range from 6 stops – 10 stops.
At the moment the Hitech case photographed above is the case that is supplied when you purchase the filter. Although in the future Hitech intend to supply a leather case with the filter instead.
Colour Cast

Hitech Pro ND 10 Stop Colour Cast
The Hitech Pro ND filter will produce a blue colour cast. You can see an example of this in the image to the left, It is normal as for most 10 stop filters tend to experience some sort of colour cast. If you are a Canon user, then it is easy to fix in camera by taking an exposure of a mid grey area of the scene and then selecting custom WB from the menu. If you dont have this feature then its still easy to fix in post production. You can see examples of both ways of this working below ( I tend to use a custom white balance in camera then fix any other issues in post).

Hitech Pro 10 Stop Colour Cast

Hitech Pro 10 Stop Colour Cast

Hitech Pro 10 Stop Post Fix Colour Cast

Hitech Pro 10 Stop Post Fix Colour Cast

 

Conclusion
The Hitech Pro 10 Stop is one to watch out for, I think that it could take over the Lee due to its availability and price. It’s £72 for the Hitech compared to Lee where their price ranges between £90-£10. Further more with Lee you tend to feel that you have to waited a lifetime to get one. The format filters have ironed out all the negative points of Hitech’s previous 10 stop filter. i.e. IR interface and colour cast and come back with a BANG with a fantastic new PRO version!
Overall I would strongly recommend that anybody looking to take up long exposure photography to purchase one of these Hitech Pro ND 10 Stop filters.

Where to buy
Direct from Formatt Filters
Example shot

Hitech Pro 10 Stop Three Cliffs

Hitech Pro 10 Stop Three Cliffs

Hitech Pro 10 Stop Blown Away

Hitech Pro 10 Stop Blown Away

Hitech Pro 10 Stop Post Fix Colour Cast

Hitech Pro 10 Stop Post Fix Colour Cast

15 comments

    • i will try and have the photos online by the end of this week. theres just been alot of work to do to get this site back online :( sorry about this

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  2. Hi Danny,

    Thanks for reviewing this gem. I’ve been wanting to have Lee Big Stopper but it’s always not in stock. I ended up using welding glass. For the panoramic shot on top, did you use the 85mm Hitech or 100mm Hitech? Is the 85mm screw type?

    By the way, your pictures are stunning! I love it!!! :)

    Neil

  3. Hi Danny,

    Thanks for the review and the pictures are great!

    I’m about to buy a 10 stop filter after a bad experience purchasing a screw in Hama variable ND filter. On my 77mm diameter Tokina 11-16mm the Hama filter produced a big black X on the image when used at it’s maximum (ND 400) setting.

    After taking it back to the shop, it produced the same results on several other wide angle lenses including Canon L series. Basically this filter is useless when used on focal lengths less than around 35mm.

    My question to you is that will the Hitech filter work on my Tokina with an 85mm standard Cokin holder with vignetting or any of the effect I experienced with the Hama?

    • Thanks for ur comment. Fist off I know what u mean by the x its bad on wide angle lenses. The pro 10 tho wont create that but on a 85m u will get black around the image at wide angles, only wayisto get the 100mm I’m sorry

  4. Just bought 85mm HItech, but it is easy to notice that there is a light leakage problem with Cookin Pholder. It is not a tight fit. I must do something to prevent this.Any idea?

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  6. @ vikbik
    I have the same problem and it is well documented online. I have investigated the gap left by the ill fitting gasket and it apparently is a known manufacturing problem and now all new Hitech ND 10 stop filters are to be supplied with a modification to the gasket. Unfortunately it is not retrospective so all previous buyers like me will not be given any help from Hitech. Fortunately my supplier is hoping to build something using the gasket foam used by Hitech to make a better seal with the lens so I shall post back with any results.

  7. Thank you very much for the interesting informations! Now I am interested in the Hitech ND Pro 10 Stop ND filter. Can I use it with my Lee filter holder or do I need a Formatt filter holder?
    Thank you very much and best regards
    Elisabeth

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