Breakthrough's claim to fame is it's high quality SHOTT MRC coated optical glass, color nurtural ND filters. On Sunday morning sunrise shoot, I arrived on location & stepped out of my car & the 1st thing that hit me was the 20mph winds blowing from east to west parallel to the shoreline. My major concern was that of the salt spray that the winds were tossing up into the air. I was able to find some rocks to shield me from some of the wind & spray. The 1st thing I noticed with the Breakthrough filters & it being glass, it was so easy to wipe off the salt spray with my little bottle of eyeglass cleaner with NO smudging!
I did stack the 6-stop ND, 3-stop GND & finally the 3-stop reverse grad for pretty much the whole morning. I really did notice with the 6-stop ND that yes there was no color tinting as with my Lee Little Stopper Filter, very impressive! Another thing I did notice with this new set of 100mm square & rectangle filters is that it's not as dark as the Lee Filters with the same gradation & it was something I had to adjust to & correct with my shutter & ISO while shooting. See the unprocessed RAW image below...
The 10-stop did have some but very minimal blue tinting to it, absolutely nowhere near what the Lee Big Stopper filters was putting out. This affected me in post where I normally would do the white balance.
As I posted in last weeks Fridays blog, Breakthrough did not send out their X-100 holder which left their Kickstarter investors out in the cold, since they shipped the filters 1st & nothing to hold the filters. I was originally going to use the Wine Country Camera's Vault system to hold the Breakthrough filters but a buddy of mine let me borrow his NISI V5 holder & it worked! So for now i'll be using that until the Breakthrough holder comes in.
Aloha a hui hou my friends!
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