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Lee vs Singh Ray Galen Rowell GNDs

 
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May 10, 2015 06:40 |  #1

I've only just recently upgraded to 4x6 filters and the Lee holder and I'll be adding GNDs as I go. I'm wondering, is there any real difference between the Lee GNDs and the Singh Ray Galen Rowell GNDs, other than the later being about $50 more? I have a couple of the Singh Ray reverse GNDs and love them. I'm not opposed to spending the money on the SR filters, but only if there is some real world benefit, more neutral, better quality, etc.

Anyone have experience with both who can shad some light on the matter?


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May 12, 2015 07:23 |  #2

They are the top brands. Until late each took care of their own respective markets.

In my opinion the Singh Ray have a warmer tint to them, only apparent when you start to stack them. This is probably due to their extra thickness compared to the Lee filters, its not that much thicker but it is noticeable.
The Lee filters have less issue with colur tint when stacked.

Just my humble opinion.


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May 13, 2015 19:09 as a reply to  @ Treat me like a tourist's post |  #3

Thanks for the info. Since I normally like to warm up my landscapes anyway the SRs might be the way to go. I've been extremely happy with my reverse gnd's, so why not go with their regular gnd's as well.


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May 16, 2015 05:17 |  #4

jsinon wrote in post #17550392 (external link)
I've only just recently upgraded to 4x6 filters and the Lee holder and I'll be adding GNDs as I go. I'm wondering, is there any real difference between the Lee GNDs and the Singh Ray Galen Rowell GNDs, other than the later being about $50 more? I have a couple of the Singh Ray reverse GNDs and love them. I'm not opposed to spending the money on the SR filters, but only if there is some real world benefit, more neutral, better quality, etc.

Anyone have experience with both who can shad some light on the matter?

Hey Jeff,

In my opinion they're about the same in terms of quality, but the Singh-Ray wins for the 3-stop hard reverse GND, which has a significant increase of exposure in the top quadrant of vertically composed images, which looks natural rather than adding a bunch of stops as normal hard and soft 3-stop GNDs do.

With a soft or hard 3-stop the top 20% of the filter is very dark, whereas with the reverse GND it's clear to dark, with a gradual reduction of stops on the last 20%.

My go-to setup is a X3 ND 6-stop circular, 3-stop hard reverse GND by Singh-Ray and a 2-stop soft by Lee or Singh-Ray. At the moment it's the 2-stop soft by Lee.

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