• Breakthrough Photography 58mm X2 3 Stop Fixed Nd Filter For Camera Lenses, Neutral Density Professio
  • Breakthrough Photography 58mm X2 3 Stop Fixed Nd Filter For Camera Lenses, Neutral Density Professio
Breakthrough Photography 58mm X2 3 Stop Fixed Nd Filter For Camera Lenses, Neutral Density Professio
Breakthrough Photography 58mm X2 3 Stop Fixed Nd Filter For Camera Lenses, Neutral Density Professio

Breakthrough Photography 58mm X2 3 Stop Fixed Nd Filter For Camera Lenses, Neutral Density Professio

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  • MRC8 CREDIT FILTER: Uniformly applied MRC8 to eliminate unwanted glare and ghosting which easily get's compounded at long exposures. Our MRC8 is structurally harder than the glass itself, providing a protective scratch-resistant layer, shielding the glass from the elements of frequent fieldwork.
  • X2 ND (NEUTRAL DENSITY) FILTER: Our X2 ND 3-stop features critically sharp H-K9L optical glass made in Japan. The moment you pick up X2 ND you'll immediately feel the craftsmanship and quality. We precisely machine each X2 traction frame from environmentally friendly aluminum, and with it's matte black finish reflections are absorbed rather than reflected into the lens barrel.
  • NANOTEC: In addition to state-of-the-art MRC8, our optical engineers developed new nano coating layer technology, called nanotec, from the ground up to repel dirt, water and other elements by beading rather than absorbing and smearing. Set in our completely weather-sealed X2 traction frame the X2 ND was built to withstand the harshest of environmental conditions.
  • FITMENT: Compatible with all 58mm camera lenses. Your lens thread size will be printed underneath your lens cap or written somewhere on the lens barrel. Make sure you order the correct size otherwise it will not fit your lens.
  • 25 YEARS SUPPORT: Guaranteed to be free from craftsmanship defects for 25 years. When you activate your 25 Year Ironclad Guarantee online we associate your X2 serial number to you, so any future discussions on this unique filter are tracked, issues recorded and all that stuff which goes into future product design.

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The hero of midday portrait sessions. It is definitely worth its price point. I can't really compare this to any other ND filter as this is my first quality purchase of such. The only thing closest to it was a crappy variable ND filter that ran purple streaks in areas of my photos.This was the last thing I needed to have full confidence in shooting in ANY time of the day. Midday? No problem. Pair this with a fast lens, a triple speedlight mounted flash stand, and an umbrella and you have yourself a successful portrait session.The only gripes I have with this is the fact that if I want to switch this around with other lenses I need to screw, then unscrew, etc. I think there is a system that allows for quick filter changes around the internet but amazon doesn't sell it anymore.In summary, it works and works well. 5Stunning Color Reproduction Accuracy I purchased the 6-stop and 3-stop versions to be used on the Tokina AT-X 11-20mm f/2.8 Pro DX attached to a Canon 70D.I wanted to be able to perform more long exposure photography, and was impressed with the technology Breakthrough Photography utilizes in their filters. Stunning describes it best. I can stack these filters for 9-stops of filtering if necessary, and have used it numerous times with flawless results. The filters are backed by a 25 year guarantee. Yes, 25 years.Ultimately, if you want filters with industry leading color reproduction, you want Breakthrough Photography filters.Update 12/5/16: I had a question on this review regarding my decision between this filter and the newer X4 version, and having used the X2 filters (both 3 and 6 stop, as well as the CPL) I still hold my opinion that they are all optically stunning. Specifically regarding the question between the X2 and X4, I have found that I often have difficulty removing the X2 CPL from my lens (and rarely have difficulty with the ND filters), especially when stacked with either or both of the ND filters. The thin design of these filters allows for this stacking without any vignetting, but can also make it a bit more difficult for removal. I now keep a thin rubber band in my filter pouch to assist in the removal if needed. The "Traction Frame" that is present on the X4 filters, I would imagine, likely minimizes or eliminates this issue. I don't own any of the X4 versions, I only assume the newly designed frame allows for easier removal.I have attached a couple images that demonstrate what can be achieved with either/both of these filters 5Excellent ND filter with no color cast! Excellent 3-stop filter. No color cast that I can discern, versus some other big brands. I'm just an amateur photographer and need thin filters to use with my Fuji 10-24mm. This filter screws in easy, and is so thin that I can stack a thin polarizer with it, with no vignetting issues at all. Now waiting for their 6-stop filter to be available in 72mm. The image I am attaching was shot with Fuji X-E1, 10-24mm, with this filter and a Cokin "Pure Harmonie" thin polarizer stacked on top, and processed in Lightroom. 5Great Filter at a good price. Dumb insulting warranty. The Good: All of breakthrough Photography's filters are excellent. The NDs are accurate to the labeled stops, and they hold the color pretty well. Definitely enough that with a tweak in lightroom you're where you would have been without the filter. It's glass- Good. Plastic bad. No shifts using the UVs. Like the grip on the outside of the filter.The Bad: The ridiculous and I mean ridiculous warranty. I own over ten of these filters, NDs, UVs, polarizing, step ups etc. and there is a big ass warning on the box that I need to activate my warranty!? I spend close to a thousand dollars and the warnetty is no good cause it's not activated!? I guess buying the filter doesn't constitute activation. Just a con to get out of what is supposed to be an iron clad warranty. What does the activation do anyway!? Really? Are they flooded with people buying the filter 2nd hand and submitting warranty requests? And this is how I feel and I haven t even needed the warranty! Imagine the people that need the warranty and they don t get it cause it s not activated. Really awful policy. Rookie business kind of stuff. Just support the product. Simple. 3The best, in my opinion I feel like this company truly does produce the best threaded ND filters. The last one I had, I got from a different company and, of course, paid less money for. But the phrase, "you get what you pay for" is quite true in this case. My old filter produced a strange color cast and seemed to look funny in some other way I couldn't put my finger on. When I bought this new one from Breakthrough Photography, I was pleasantly surprised at how it preserves the color, sharpness, and integrity of the overall image. I primarily use them in flash photography to allow me to use a shallower depth of field while staying below my camera's flash sync speed so I can still get 100% of the power out of my flashes. sure, I could use HSS, but this way, I get way more power out of them. Paired with a set of Xume adapter rings, it's a super quick, handy setup 5So far...so GOOD I read and watched so many reviews on brands of filters, and then I ran across Breakthrough Photography. After having read so many reviews and watching a few YouTube vids, I decided to give them a try. I ordered the x2 6 stop ND filter, and within only 3 days it was delivered. Didn't expect that at all. I have only got out once since this purchase. The weather has been a factor. I did go ahead a couple of days ago, even though we had tremendous snow squalls and rain to give this a quick test drive. Headed to a river that is very close to us and got a few shots with it mounted on a Canon 5D MkII with a Canon 16-35mm f/4 lens. ~Man, did I get soaked. ;-) ~ I am very new to ND filter use, so I have nothing to compare to. I can say that this filter was packaged very well, and is obviously very well made. I love the knurled frame. I have no feeling in my left hand ( until recently, I was left handed) That feature may not be a big deal to some, but I definitely appreciated it. I was able to get a few quick images before I HAD to get back to the truck. Weather.. I am posting an image that is not necessarily that great as an example, but it's all I have so far. If there is any color cast, it sure isn't much at all. I will definitely be purchasing the 3 stop ND next! I will edit this post after I have had more time with it. Very happy with this purchase...so far! 1/30/2019. Still Love it!!!!! 5I feel like the world has the right colors again. Awesome filter and awesome company. I am a HUGE fan of Breakthrough Photography filters and it's all I use now, except for some graduated filters that they did not make until recently.I'm not the best at caring for my filters and I have noticeable scratching after a LOT of use but I have yet to notice it in the photographs. I really cannot wait to upgrade to their new square filter line of filters anyway so this is just a placeholder.After having this for a while and loving the results (very little discernible color shift) I purchased an X2 polarizing filter. The first time I put it on I could not get the two to come apart. I froze them, I put rubber bands around each of them to no avail. I finally gave them a shout to see if there was some secret I was missing but they said I've tried everything that they would recomend. Now is where it gets really great. They sent me a new polarizing filter and a new x2-6 stop ND and a return label for the one I sent back.Once I received the replacement I thought I had the same problem because I could not get the things apart again. But...I discovered a secret (or common sense?)...you have to very gently hold the filters to loosen them. I don't know how else to describe it other than just a light grip, not a firm grip. I'm afraid this may be the same problem I had with the first ones but I've never experienced anything like this with other brands of slim-line filters.There's absolutely nothing wrong with it and the slim nature of the rings are part of what make this awesome (A lot more stacking!) I just wish there had been some type of "instructions for morons" included with the filters. I never had any problem with my old polarizing filter and the Breakthrough ND filter but the Breakthrough Polarizing filter is also much slimmer.So just in case you think your Breakthrough Photography filters have bound up just relax your grip to the point of almost dropping them and turn. Don't worry about turning the polarizing ring just gently hold and turn and viola they will release...it's very bizarre but they come apart just fine. I'm sure everybody at BP had a great laugh or "what the hell is this guy talking about" moment when they received the return...Once I go with their new square filters, graduated, and also their ND + CPL I'll get a review up for those but I expect great things from them.One last note/rant/whatever, I would also like to see comparisons between the X1, X2, and X4 series. They show plenty of comparisons between BT and other brands but I went with the X2 because there were no side-by-side comparisons of the significantly more expensive X4 line. If I had a better explanation and visual side-by-side comparison I would have spent the extra cash and gone with the X4 line (which also has brass rings and I probably would have saved myself some embarrassment). I'm also pretty sure I wouldn't have the scratches I do though because I have since had the chance to try a 10-stop X4 ND and it seems to be a significant upgrade, much easier to grip, and the glass of course is phenomenal...but the new square filters they may or may not sell someday is made with tempered SCHOTT glass so I expect it to be great and easier to manage, aka, drop...Did I mention I'm kind of excited for the square filters? 5Very happy with my first ND filter. Purchased the 6-stop ND filter a few months ago, and I finally had the opportunity to take it out for a test drive. I must confess that I'd never purchased or even used an ND filter before, so I wasn't sure what to expect other than what I read in the reviews. Overall I am very happy with the results. Build quality is top notch, it's light, thin, and works very well. There are some minor things that I would point out for those looking to purchase this product.1. I used this filter for my full-frame on a 24-70mm, and saw very strong vignetting at 24mm. I have seen other reviews in which folks have mentioned under 21mm or so to expect vignetting, so I was a bit disappointed that I wasn't able to shoot at my widest focal length. Moving it up to 27 or 28 mm took care of the problem.2. The reason I've given this product a 4-star rather than 5 is due to a pretty strong, green, color cast. I was under the impression that photos taken using this ND filter had only a very slight color cast, but that simply wasn't my experience. It really isn't that big of an issue since it can be corrected in post, but where color accuracy is concerned it didn't quite make the grade.As I said, overall I think this is a great ND filter bearing in mind that I have nothing to compare it to and I would recommend it to anyone.Update 08/09/16: For purposes of full disclosure, I'm updating this review since I neglected to mention I was using the 77mm 6-stop ND filter with a 77-67mm step-up filter adapter that was also purchased from Breakthrough Photography. 4Recommended I m happy with the results of this ND filter. There s very little in color cast and 10 stops is enough to give me nice motion blur in water or clouds. The only other ND filter I ve tried was a 9 stop Hoya. The color on the Hoya was difficult to correct in post but not with the Breakthrough. I m considering buying more filters from Breakthrough. 5A Serious Tool For The Serious Artist This is my first purchase from Breakthrough Photography, and upon receiving my X2 ND 3-Stop filter I decided to test it side by side against the best filters I use on a daily basis. From the moment you first open the box it becomes obvious the manufacturer takes great pride in their product. Yet, even more impressive is the fact that this filter is everything the staff at Breakthrough Photography says it is. I tested X2 for color accuracy and sharpness and it came out the winner in my tests against my best Hoya, B+W, and yes, even Singh-Ray. The Singh-Ray NDs transmitted an almost negligible tint of magenta, but the X2 ND image was completely neutral and even in exposure from edge to edge and it was impossible to tell the difference between the X2 files and my controll shots. I've use a lot of filters over the last 30 years and this is the best ND I've seen. I'm planning to order a 77mm X3 6-Stop for my landscape system and I can only imagine how good this filter will be. If you take your photography seriously, then this is the filter for you. 5
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The hero of midday portrait sessions. It is definitely worth its price point. I can't really compare this to any other ND filter as this is my first quality purchase of such. The only thing closest to it was a crappy variable ND filter that ran purple streaks in areas of my photos.This was the last thing I needed to have full confidence in shooting in ANY time of the day. Midday? No problem. Pair this with a fast lens, a triple speedlight mounted flash stand, and an umbrella and you have yourself a successful portrait session.The only gripes I have with this is the fact that if I want to switch this around with other lenses I need to screw, then unscrew, etc. I think there is a system that allows for quick filter changes around the internet but amazon doesn't sell it anymore.In summary, it works and works well. 5Stunning Color Reproduction Accuracy I purchased the 6-stop and 3-stop versions to be used on the Tokina AT-X 11-20mm f/2.8 Pro DX attached to a Canon 70D.I wanted to be able to perform more long exposure photography, and was impressed with the technology Breakthrough Photography utilizes in their filters. Stunning describes it best. I can stack these filters for 9-stops of filtering if necessary, and have used it numerous times with flawless results. The filters are backed by a 25 year guarantee. Yes, 25 years.Ultimately, if you want filters with industry leading color reproduction, you want Breakthrough Photography filters.Update 12/5/16: I had a question on this review regarding my decision between this filter and the newer X4 version, and having used the X2 filters (both 3 and 6 stop, as well as the CPL) I still hold my opinion that they are all optically stunning. Specifically regarding the question between the X2 and X4, I have found that I often have difficulty removing the X2 CPL from my lens (and rarely have difficulty with the ND filters), especially when stacked with either or both of the ND filters. The thin design of these filters allows for this stacking without any vignetting, but can also make it a bit more difficult for removal. I now keep a thin rubber band in my filter pouch to assist in the removal if needed. The "Traction Frame" that is present on the X4 filters, I would imagine, likely minimizes or eliminates this issue. I don't own any of the X4 versions, I only assume the newly designed frame allows for easier removal.I have attached a couple images that demonstrate what can be achieved with either/both of these filters 5Excellent ND filter with no color cast! Excellent 3-stop filter. No color cast that I can discern, versus some other big brands. I'm just an amateur photographer and need thin filters to use with my Fuji 10-24mm. This filter screws in easy, and is so thin that I can stack a thin polarizer with it, with no vignetting issues at all. Now waiting for their 6-stop filter to be available in 72mm. The image I am attaching was shot with Fuji X-E1, 10-24mm, with this filter and a Cokin "Pure Harmonie" thin polarizer stacked on top, and processed in Lightroom. 5Great Filter at a good price. Dumb insulting warranty. The Good: All of breakthrough Photography's filters are excellent. The NDs are accurate to the labeled stops, and they hold the color pretty well. Definitely enough that with a tweak in lightroom you're where you would have been without the filter. It's glass- Good. Plastic bad. No shifts using the UVs. Like the grip on the outside of the filter.The Bad: The ridiculous and I mean ridiculous warranty. I own over ten of these filters, NDs, UVs, polarizing, step ups etc. and there is a big ass warning on the box that I need to activate my warranty!? I spend close to a thousand dollars and the warnetty is no good cause it's not activated!? I guess buying the filter doesn't constitute activation. Just a con to get out of what is supposed to be an iron clad warranty. What does the activation do anyway!? Really? Are they flooded with people buying the filter 2nd hand and submitting warranty requests? And this is how I feel and I haven t even needed the warranty! Imagine the people that need the warranty and they don t get it cause it s not activated. Really awful policy. Rookie business kind of stuff. Just support the product. Simple. 3The best, in my opinion I feel like this company truly does produce the best threaded ND filters. The last one I had, I got from a different company and, of course, paid less money for. But the phrase, "you get what you pay for" is quite true in this case. My old filter produced a strange color cast and seemed to look funny in some other way I couldn't put my finger on. When I bought this new one from Breakthrough Photography, I was pleasantly surprised at how it preserves the color, sharpness, and integrity of the overall image. I primarily use them in flash photography to allow me to use a shallower depth of field while staying below my camera's flash sync speed so I can still get 100% of the power out of my flashes. sure, I could use HSS, but this way, I get way more power out of them. Paired with a set of Xume adapter rings, it's a super quick, handy setup 5So far...so GOOD I read and watched so many reviews on brands of filters, and then I ran across Breakthrough Photography. After having read so many reviews and watching a few YouTube vids, I decided to give them a try. I ordered the x2 6 stop ND filter, and within only 3 days it was delivered. Didn't expect that at all. I have only got out once since this purchase. The weather has been a factor. I did go ahead a couple of days ago, even though we had tremendous snow squalls and rain to give this a quick test drive. Headed to a river that is very close to us and got a few shots with it mounted on a Canon 5D MkII with a Canon 16-35mm f/4 lens. ~Man, did I get soaked. ;-) ~ I am very new to ND filter use, so I have nothing to compare to. I can say that this filter was packaged very well, and is obviously very well made. I love the knurled frame. I have no feeling in my left hand ( until recently, I was left handed) That feature may not be a big deal to some, but I definitely appreciated it. I was able to get a few quick images before I HAD to get back to the truck. Weather.. I am posting an image that is not necessarily that great as an example, but it's all I have so far. If there is any color cast, it sure isn't much at all. I will definitely be purchasing the 3 stop ND next! I will edit this post after I have had more time with it. Very happy with this purchase...so far! 1/30/2019. Still Love it!!!!! 5I feel like the world has the right colors again. Awesome filter and awesome company. I am a HUGE fan of Breakthrough Photography filters and it's all I use now, except for some graduated filters that they did not make until recently.I'm not the best at caring for my filters and I have noticeable scratching after a LOT of use but I have yet to notice it in the photographs. I really cannot wait to upgrade to their new square filter line of filters anyway so this is just a placeholder.After having this for a while and loving the results (very little discernible color shift) I purchased an X2 polarizing filter. The first time I put it on I could not get the two to come apart. I froze them, I put rubber bands around each of them to no avail. I finally gave them a shout to see if there was some secret I was missing but they said I've tried everything that they would recomend. Now is where it gets really great. They sent me a new polarizing filter and a new x2-6 stop ND and a return label for the one I sent back.Once I received the replacement I thought I had the same problem because I could not get the things apart again. But...I discovered a secret (or common sense?)...you have to very gently hold the filters to loosen them. I don't know how else to describe it other than just a light grip, not a firm grip. I'm afraid this may be the same problem I had with the first ones but I've never experienced anything like this with other brands of slim-line filters.There's absolutely nothing wrong with it and the slim nature of the rings are part of what make this awesome (A lot more stacking!) I just wish there had been some type of "instructions for morons" included with the filters. I never had any problem with my old polarizing filter and the Breakthrough ND filter but the Breakthrough Polarizing filter is also much slimmer.So just in case you think your Breakthrough Photography filters have bound up just relax your grip to the point of almost dropping them and turn. Don't worry about turning the polarizing ring just gently hold and turn and viola they will release...it's very bizarre but they come apart just fine. I'm sure everybody at BP had a great laugh or "what the hell is this guy talking about" moment when they received the return...Once I go with their new square filters, graduated, and also their ND + CPL I'll get a review up for those but I expect great things from them.One last note/rant/whatever, I would also like to see comparisons between the X1, X2, and X4 series. They show plenty of comparisons between BT and other brands but I went with the X2 because there were no side-by-side comparisons of the significantly more expensive X4 line. If I had a better explanation and visual side-by-side comparison I would have spent the extra cash and gone with the X4 line (which also has brass rings and I probably would have saved myself some embarrassment). I'm also pretty sure I wouldn't have the scratches I do though because I have since had the chance to try a 10-stop X4 ND and it seems to be a significant upgrade, much easier to grip, and the glass of course is phenomenal...but the new square filters they may or may not sell someday is made with tempered SCHOTT glass so I expect it to be great and easier to manage, aka, drop...Did I mention I'm kind of excited for the square filters? 5Very happy with my first ND filter. Purchased the 6-stop ND filter a few months ago, and I finally had the opportunity to take it out for a test drive. I must confess that I'd never purchased or even used an ND filter before, so I wasn't sure what to expect other than what I read in the reviews. Overall I am very happy with the results. Build quality is top notch, it's light, thin, and works very well. There are some minor things that I would point out for those looking to purchase this product.1. I used this filter for my full-frame on a 24-70mm, and saw very strong vignetting at 24mm. I have seen other reviews in which folks have mentioned under 21mm or so to expect vignetting, so I was a bit disappointed that I wasn't able to shoot at my widest focal length. Moving it up to 27 or 28 mm took care of the problem.2. The reason I've given this product a 4-star rather than 5 is due to a pretty strong, green, color cast. I was under the impression that photos taken using this ND filter had only a very slight color cast, but that simply wasn't my experience. It really isn't that big of an issue since it can be corrected in post, but where color accuracy is concerned it didn't quite make the grade.As I said, overall I think this is a great ND filter bearing in mind that I have nothing to compare it to and I would recommend it to anyone.Update 08/09/16: For purposes of full disclosure, I'm updating this review since I neglected to mention I was using the 77mm 6-stop ND filter with a 77-67mm step-up filter adapter that was also purchased from Breakthrough Photography. 4Recommended I m happy with the results of this ND filter. There s very little in color cast and 10 stops is enough to give me nice motion blur in water or clouds. The only other ND filter I ve tried was a 9 stop Hoya. The color on the Hoya was difficult to correct in post but not with the Breakthrough. I m considering buying more filters from Breakthrough. 5A Serious Tool For The Serious Artist This is my first purchase from Breakthrough Photography, and upon receiving my X2 ND 3-Stop filter I decided to test it side by side against the best filters I use on a daily basis. From the moment you first open the box it becomes obvious the manufacturer takes great pride in their product. Yet, even more impressive is the fact that this filter is everything the staff at Breakthrough Photography says it is. I tested X2 for color accuracy and sharpness and it came out the winner in my tests against my best Hoya, B+W, and yes, even Singh-Ray. The Singh-Ray NDs transmitted an almost negligible tint of magenta, but the X2 ND image was completely neutral and even in exposure from edge to edge and it was impossible to tell the difference between the X2 files and my controll shots. I've use a lot of filters over the last 30 years and this is the best ND I've seen. I'm planning to order a 77mm X3 6-Stop for my landscape system and I can only imagine how good this filter will be. If you take your photography seriously, then this is the filter for you. 5
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