Field Testing Breakthrough Photography’s X4 ND and Dark CPL Filters

    Neutral density filters. They are one of the mainstays of modern outdoor photographers. Look in any pro’s or serious hobbyist’s gear bag and you’re virtually assured to find at least one, if not more, ND filters.

    I like a good analogy as much as the next person, and one of my favorites concerns calling ND filters “sunglasses for your camera.” Feel free to use that line.

    ND filters block out light which allows us to use longer exposures in conditions which would normally be far too bright. This enables motion blur and other dynamic characteristics to be present in your photos when they otherwise might not be possible. But not all ND filters are created equal. Generally, the case exemplifies the “you get what you pay for” notion that with higher cost comes a higher grade product in terms of build and optical quality.

    A couple years ago (has it been that long?) I reviewed the X3 line of ND filters from Breakthrough Photography. I was blown away by their quality and considered them to be virtually the best ND filters I had ever handled.

    Now, the folks over at Breakthrough have introduced an updated version of the X3 line.

    Aptly named the X4 Series. As with the previous review, I was hard pressed to find any negative points to mention of this new generation of filters. Still, let me show you the in’s and out’s of the X4 3-stop ND filter as well as a little bonus… we’ll also take a look at the brand new “Dark” CPL 3-stop. Hang onto your hats! Or… whatever you might happen to be wearing on your head.

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