The ND I was given to try was their version of the 10 stop. I don’t do much long exposure photography but have a go once in a while when the mood takes me. I’ve used a couple of 10 stop filters in the past, B&W and the Lee Big Stopper. Both have a colour cast; the B&W has quite a warm tone to it, which can be rather nice, and the Lee has (famously) a blue cast which can be corrected in post processing. The Haida though has no colour cast at all even when used along with the grad so stacking the filters is no problem, unlike other makes. The clarity is superb meaning your images will be perfectly sharp (tripod and wind permitting).
The filter pouch that comes in the starter kit is great too. Nothing too fancy, no buckles, just a zip and Velcro, and enough slots for up to 6 filters. There’s a pocket on the front to put the holder and rings, so all the kit fits in one nicely sized receptacle. It fits in the side pocket on my Osprey rucksack that I carry my gear in, like my hashed up Lee pouch does, so it’s always handy when I need to do a quick filter change.
Getting the images on the big screen showed up just how good the filters are. Compared to my usual Lee filters, the sharpness was what struck me. I’m pretty sure my Lee’s are blemish free as they aren’t very old (Less than 6 months) but the Haida’s are on another level. I’m not sure if it is the optical quality glass or the nano coating but whatever it is, it’s fantastic! The neutrality makes processing the RAW so easy. There’s no need to do any colour correction. The detail retained in the shadows due to the graduation means no need for localised shadow correction and it’s the same for the highlights; a universal correction is enough.
Would I recommend the Haida filters and set up? Without a doubt. No colour cast, beautifully engineered, stunning clarity and that nano coating… Awesome!