The six best fil­ter kits com­pared

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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.

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