For the past several years slow shutter photography is becoming an extremely popular genre because it provides ample opportunities to express the world around in an artistic and unusual way. For this purpose ND filter appears to be a necessary tool.
But which ND filter is better to start with? This question might raise in mind of many amateur photographers who decided to challenge themselves in slow shutter photography. Keeping this question in mind we created an essential ND kit to help photographers quickly start this challenge.
HOYA PROND EX FILTER KIT is an essential filter kit designed for amateur or professional photographers and video content creators. The kit consists of 3 ND filters - PROND EX 8, PROND EX 64 and PROND EX 1000, that allow photographer to capture the world in different expressions.
The choice of ND filters depends on intentions of the photographer to control the shutter speed or aperture. The content of the HOYA PROND EX FILTER KIT is based on our sales data and experience of selling millions of ND filters all over the world. PROND EX 8, PROND EX 64 and PROND EX 1000 are the most essential ND filters that will help to realize three expressions that we consider to be commonly used among the photographers.
HOYA PROND EX FILTER is a high technological product that is designed for still and HDSLR videography. The PROND EX filters use HOYA's exclusive clear optical glass that incorporates a metallic coating on front and back side to equally reduce almost all range of the light spectrum even in IR area. The ACCU-ND technology used in the coating process yields a truly neutral color balance that will not add any noticeable color cast to your images. HOYA PROND EX filters incorporates precisely developed thick aluminum frame to prevent light leakage, thus obtain correct exposure and color balance.
HOYA PROND EX 8 is essential for shooting with fast lenses at wide open aperture during the daytime, which is perfect for portraiture at shallow depth of field. The subject appears crisp and clear on the soft blurred background. Other recommended scenes are night trails, fireworks and lightnings.
HOYA PROND EX 64 is essential for expressing the object in blurred motion during the daytime, which cannot be realized only with camera settings. Recommended for landscape, city snapshot, video and other photographic genres.
HOYA PROND EX 1000 is essential for expressing an unreal fantasy world thanks to its 10 stops reduction of the light amount. Widely used in seascape to blur the waves, street snap to apply clouds motion and architecture to erase moving people.
ND filters in video shooting is also an irreplaceable tool. For example, when shooting with Sony camera in Slog mode, ISO cannot be set below 800. To obtain natural motion shutter speed is recommended to be adjusted to frame/rate setting. During the daytime PROND EX 8, PROND EX 64, PROND EX 1000 or its combination (like PROND EX 8 + PROND EX 64) would be necessary to achieve cinematic quality.
The choice of ND filters depends on photographer intentions to achieve the desired effect in the image. In case the effect by using single ND filter does not satisfy photographer's vision, combination of PROND EX filters can also be useful. For example, the combination of PROND EX 8 + PROND EX 64 will give the effect equal to ND500 filter, that can be used to express an unreal fantasy world. The combination of PROND EX 8 + PROND EX 1000 will give the effect equal to ND8000, that will allow to capture the surface of the Sun without overexposure with solid color and visibility of the black spots.
In order to avoid purchasing one of those counterfeit filters we highly recommend to purchase only from official retailers that are recognized by HOYA's official global distributors. Prior the purchase kindly inquire and verify whether a retailer is authorized by HOYA global distributors. You may find the contact in the HOYA global distributors list.