Hitech Prostop 10 'v' Lee Big Stopper

April 14, 2013  •  2 Comments

My other half also enjoys photography on an occasional basis but not in to it as I am so when it comes to buying accessories such as filters he tends not to buy the most expensive as he cannot justify the cost against the limited usage. After seeing some of my long exposure images he decided he'd like to give this a go and on our recent trip to "Focus On Imaging" looked at some 10 stop filters. He settled on Hitech for the main reason of cost... 100mm Filter holder and adapter ring, set of 3 Grads and their Prostop 10, all for £250! 

Ive been patiently waiting to see the results of the Hitech Prostop 10 but waiting for Pete to get out and take some photos is like waiting for a bus! So, I stole his nice new filter out of his bag and took it to Brighton with me yesterday to try it out for myself. This being the best way to compare two different filters, same place, time, light and subject. 

I must say I am pleasantly surprised with the Hitech Prostop 10, although there is a definite difference between the two filters (Hitech being a touch warmer) I actually think the Hitech holds it own against the Lee Big Stopper and after processing both images I found it as easy to remove any cast from the Hitech as I did the Lee. Below are the two images I used for comparison, both SOOC. What do you think??

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Comments

Phil(non-registered)
I too have both Filters and find that the Lee has the bluer cast but the Lee image was slightly sharper especially towards the corners. I find my Lee shots alot bluer than yours here :)
That said there is now a new Hitech Pro Stop 2 IRND filter that is said to be really great and is around the same price as the Lee.
Wayne Molyneux(non-registered)
Hi Tina,
I have tried the even cheaper Haida 10 stop under £50-00 for a 77mm ultra thin screw on filter, as a means to get into long exposures Haida use the same Schott glass as B&W so gave it a go, http://shop.photo4me.com/picture.aspx?id=263863&f=canvas Results are very good in comparison though I believe the build quality of B&W screw filters is far better.
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