The six best filter kits compared
If you’ve ever been wowed by a photo of a sunset or serene seascape, the chances are a filter was used to take it. Achieving shutter speeds slow enough to smooth water can be a challenge without a neutral density filter, and if you’re fed up with choosing between washed-out skies or an underexposed foreground, try a graduated ND filter. Clear at one end and dark at the other, these are great for balancing a high-contrast landscape. Of course, there are many more types of filter, but most can now be mimicked with more control using decent photo-editing software.
With so many formats on offer, finding the right starter set-up is tricky, so we’ve brought together six kits that’ll help take your photography to the next level. The smallest filters are ideal for compact system cameras like the Nikon 1 series, but 100mm-wide rectangular formats are a must for full-frame D-SLRs. Most kits include a holder with space to stack several filters together for added creativity, leaving you to simply source an attachment ring to fit your lens’ filter thread diameter.